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Larry Shyatt to become the next Wyoming head coach



Florida associate head coach Larry Shyatt has accepted an offer to become the new head basketball coach at the University of Wyoming.

Shyatt, 59, will become the head coach at the school for the second time. He was also the head coach for one season from 1997-98.

"I'm truly thankful for the opportunity given by (President) Dr.  (Tom) Buchanan and (Athletics Director) Tom Burman to return to Laramie and the University of Wyoming,'' Shyatt said in a statement released by Florida. "The experience my wife Pam and I had in Laramie, and the many people we met in the state, has always been among our fondest memories in over 30 years of coaching.''

Shyatt spent seven seasons at Florida, first as an assistant, then associate head coach.

"For me personally there's both an excitement and sadness,'' Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "Larry is one of my closest friends and his impact here at Florida over the last seven years has been immeasurable. He's one of the great minds in basketball and he deserves
this opportunity. I'm happy for both he and his wife Pam that they will be able to return to an area they truly enjoyed and a program that is very special to them both."

Shyatt said for him to leave Florida required a unique situation.

"I've spent seven great years at the University of Florida helping to build a championship-caliber program, and this is one of the only places I would have considered leaving for,'' he said.

Shyatt is the fifth assistant coach to work under Donovan who has left to become a head coach.



[Last modified: Thursday, March 31, 2011 6:44pm]


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