Larry Shyatt

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Larry Shyatt served as Clemson's twentieth head basketball coach for five seasons, 1998-2003, winning 70 games. He succeeded Rick Barnes with whom he had served as an associate coach from 1994-1995 through 1996-1997. Shyatt was given much credit for the Tigers' run to the Sweet 16 in 1996-1997.

Before coming to Clemson, Shyatt had played at the College of Wooster in 1970-1971, and been an assistant at the University of Akron (1973-1975), Utah (1975-1976), Cleveland State (1976-1982), New Mexico (1982-1988) and Providence (1988-1994). He joined the Clemson program under Rick Barnes in 1994.

Shyatt went to the University of Wyoming as their head basketball coach for a year, 1997-1998, but returned to Clemson after Rick Barnes rather summary departure for the University of Texas head job.

He immediately led Clemson to a 20-15 season and an NIT berth in his first season, 1998-1999. The Tigers defeated Georgia, Rutgers, Butler and Xavier to advance to the championship game versus California. Clemson fell one point short, on the last possession of the game. Shyatt's 20 victories set a Clemson record for season wins by a rookie coach and he became just the third ACC coach in history to win 20 games in his first year with a league program.

Shyatt's teams defeated North Carolina three times over his tenure. The biggest victory was a 75-65 upset on February 18, 2001, when the Tar Heels were ranked number 1 in the nation and on an 18-game winning streak. He also defeated North Carolina in 1999 and 2003. During his final season, the Tigers began with a 9-0 record, which included a victory over basketball power Cincinnati.

Shyatt is currently an assistant coach at the University of Florida, where he helped the Gator team to consecutive NCAA titles in 2006 and 2007. He moved to the Florida program in the 2003-2004 season.

Preceded by: Rick Barnes Clemson University Basketball Coaches Succeeded by: Oliver Purnell