Erie, Pennsylvania, Sunday, May 1, 2011 – The Erie BayHawks reached agreement with first-year head coach Jay Larranaga to modify his contract to include an additional guaranteed year on the original two-year agreement he signed when joining the team in September, 2010.
This week Larranaga turned down an offer to join the University of Miami’s coaching staff where his father, Jim Larranaga, was named the head coach last week.
"We are thrilled that Jay will remain as the Erie BayHawks’ head coach" said BayHawks majority owner, Steve Demetriou. "Jay is a superior coach and someone who we believe will continue to produce outstanding results on the basketball floor, and provide both a winning and exciting team for our fans. Under Jay's leadership we truly believe the BayHawks will have the best chance to compete for an NBA D-League championship.”
Larranaga led Erie to a franchise best record of 32-18 in the regular season and the organization's first-ever postseason win in a three-game playoff series they dropped to the Reno Bighorns. Larranaga finished third in voting for NBA D-League Coach of the Year honors as voted on by the league’s 16 head coaches.
“Having the opportunity to coach at the highest level of college basketball and alongside my father would have been a special opportunity, and this was a very difficult decision,” said Larranaga. “But after careful consideration with my family I decided that Erie provides me a great opportunity to continue to develop and grow with this franchise, and I’m very excited about what the future holds. We’re coming off a great season, both on and off the court, and I appreciate the trust that ownership has shown in me to continue to lead this team.”
Prior to joining the BayHawks, Larranaga was serving as an assistant coach at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Before that he 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.