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Jim Larranaga's son turns down job offer

5/2/2011

Miami coach Jim Larranaga wanted his eldest son to join his new coaching staff, but Jay Larranaga has decided to stay right where he is now in the D-League.

Jay reached agreement on a contract extension with the Erie BayHawks on Sunday after his first season as head coach resulted in a playoff appearance and the franchise's best record.

"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," Jay said in a statement. "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."

Jay hasn't coached under his father before, but has provided him with assistance. Shortly before Jim left George Mason for Miami, he recalled on the team's website how Jay, while playing professionally in Italy, helped provide useful scouting reports on Michigan State and North Carolina during the Patriots' run to the Final Four in 2006.

The Final Four appearance raised Jim's profile, and Jay has begun carving out a career in coaching as well. He was a player-coach for the Irish national team and also served as an assistant at Cornell.

Jim recently got a chance to see Jay coach for the first time, according to the Erie Times-News.

"I say this because I've heard it so many times from my wife [Liz], that is, Jay is an awful lot like me," Larranaga said. "Our mannerisms. The way he dresses, the way he carries himself.

"I don't know if it carries on to coaching because when I was his age, I was wild. He looks much more like a veteran coach than a rookie coach."