Farmer as bench coach for Western Michigan
|Born||January 31, 1951|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1988-1990||Qadsia Sporting Club|
|1990-1991||Golden State Warriors (assistant)|
|1992-1997||Kuwait national team|
|1997-1998||Rhode Island (assistant)|
|2010-2012||Western Michigan (assistant)|
|2013-2017||Western Michigan (assistant)|
|2012-2013||NC State (dir. player dev.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||0-1 (NCAA Division I)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
As head coach:
As assistant coach:
Larry Farmer (born January 31, 1951) is an American basketball coach and former player. He currently is an assistant coach at Western Michigan University. This is his second stint as an assistant coach at Western Michigan. Farmer served as the head basketball coach at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1981 to 1984, Weber State University from 1985 to 1988, and Loyola University Chicago from 1998 to 2004. He played college basketball at UCLA, where he was a member of three national champinships-winning teams for the UCLA Bruins under head coach John Wooden in the early 1970s. In 2018, Farmer was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.
Farmer played high school basketball at Manual High School in Denver, Colorado, from 1966 to 1969. He nearly quit the sport as a sophomore, but, as a senior, he helped the Thunderbolts reach the state championship game and was named First Team Denver Post All-State. During his senior campaign he was named First Team All-City by Rocky Mountain News and First Team All-Metropolitan by Denver Post. Farmer was named First Team in three categories(City, Metro, State) in two separate newspapers.
Farmer played at UCLA during the early 1970s under legendary coach John Wooden. He was a teammate of Bill Walton during the era when the Bruins won seven consecutive NCAA men's titles. He was the only player that participated in all the games for the UCLA teams that went 89-1 (.989), the best winning percentage in NCAA men's basketball history.
Farmer was drafted by both the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Denver Nuggets of the American Basketball Association (ABA). He did not play, but instead returned to UCLA to where he was an assistant basketball coach under Wooden, Gene Bartow Gary Cunningham, and Larry Brown from 1973 to 1981. When Brown resigned prior to the 1981-82 season, Farmer was elevated to head coach of the UCLA basketball team.
Farmer was the head coach of the University of California, Los Angeles from 1981 to 1984, guiding them to a 61-23 (.726) record.
Farmer coached at Loyola University Chicago from 1998 to 2004. Farmer had a 30-51 (.370) record over his first three seasons before finally breaking through in 2001. In that year, Farmer compiled a 17-13 record, 9-7 in the Horizon League. Farmer took the Ramblers to the brink of the NCAA Tournament before losing to rival University of Illinois Chicago. Farmer did not have much success after that and struggled through his last two seasons with the Ramblers.
Farmer has also coached at the professional level serving as head coach of the Qadsia Sporting Club in Kuwait (1988-90) and as an assistant with the NBA's Golden State Warriors (1990-91). He also served as a coach for the Kuwaiti National Team from 1992-97.
His college coaching experience also includes a stint as an assistant at Rhode Island (1997-98), where he helped the Rams reach the Elite Eight.
Farmer spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Western Michigan from 2010-12.
He returned to the WMU staff for the 2013 season and retired after the 2017-18 season.
|UCLA Bruins (Pacific-10 Conference) (1981-1984)|
|1982-83||UCLA||23-6||15-3||1st||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|UCLA:||61-23 (.726)||39-15 (.722)|
|Weber State Wildcats (Big Sky Conference) (1985-1988)|
|Weber State:||34-54 (.386)||17-27 (.386)|
|Loyola Chicago Ramblers (Horizon League) (1998-2004)|
|Loyola Chicago:||71-102 (.410)||35-55 (.389)|
Postseason invitational champion