“Jay Larranaga fits exactly what we were looking for in our next head coach – he’s passionate about the game, a competitor, a winner and has a great basketball pedigree,” said BayHawks majority owner Steve Demetriou. “He understands what it takes to be successful and we’re confident he and Ben McDonald will continue to move our team in the right direction.”
Larranaga spent twelve years in Europe where he won three championships as a player, was the captain of the Irish National Team for five years, and served as a player/coach for two years. He was most recently serving as an assistant coach at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
“I am extremely excited to be the new head coach of the Erie BayHawks. I am grateful that Steve Demetriou, Owen McCormick and the ownership group has selected me to continue the progress made by Coach Treloar,” said Larranaga. “Together with Ben McDonald, Matt Bresee and the rest of the BayHawks staff I will work tirelessly to ensure the success of our team and franchise.”
In February, Larranaga was a teammate of President Obama for the renowned “President’s Pick-Up Game” at Fort McNair in Washington D.C. where they went 4-1 on the day.
Larranaga is the son of legendary George Mason head coach Jim Larranaga, whom Jay also played for at Bowling Green State University from 1993 to 1997. Larranaga will soon relocate to Erie with his wife Andrea and their two children, Tia and James.
Jay Larranaga (Lair-ĭ-nâ-ga)
- Irish National Team Head Coach (2008-2010)
- Cornell University Assistant Coach (2010)
- Three-time academic All-MAC at Bowling Green State University (1993-97)
- Graduated as BGSU leader in game, season and career 3-point field goals
- Still holds single game scoring record of any Jim Larranaga coached player (40 points)
- Played professionally for 12 years in Italy, Spain, France and Greece (1997-2009)
- Captained Irish National Team for 5 years (2001-2006)
- Won championships in Spain (2005) and Italy (2006, 2008)
The BayHawks open the season on Friday, November 19 when they face the Springfield Armor at 7:00 pm at the Tullio Arena. Season tickets and group experience packages can be purchased by contacting the team at 814-790-5600.
The Erie BayHawks are the NBA Development League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors. The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league featured 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor, while a new team, the Texas Legends, will join the League for the 2010-11 season. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.