Inman, who has served as the head coach for the TSU women’s basketball program for the past two seasons, coached at Middle Tennessee, an OVC member until 2000, from 1978-86.
In eight years at the Murfreesboro, Tenn., school, Inman won more than 68 percent of his games, was named OVC Coach of the Year three times, led MTSU to six OVC regular-season championships and won four tournament titles. In his last four seasons on the Blue Raiders’ bench, he led the program to four straight OVC regular season and tournament championships and four straight NCAA tournament appearances.
He compiled an overall record of 161-73 at Middle Tennessee. Inman went 73-12 in OVC games, losing only four conference games his final five seasons.
Following his stint at MTSU, Inman served as head coach of the Eastern Kentucky women’s basketball team from 1988-2008, compiling a 319-244 record and leading the Lady Colonels to two OVC Tournament championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances (1996-97, 2004-05).
In being named OVC Coach of the Year eight times, he also directed EKU to five OVC regular season championships. He also led the Lady Colonels to the 2002 WNIT Sweet Sixteen. He is the all-time winningest coach in Ohio Valley Conference women’s basketball history with his record of 505-350.
Inman, who was inducted into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2009, announced his retirement from Eastern Kentucky in April 2008. Prior to his retirement, Inman was the 27th winningest active coach in NCAA Division I.
Inman came out of retirement to coach at Lebanon High School before taking the helm of the Tennessee State University women’s basketball program.
The members of the 2014 Hall of Fame class are as follows: James Griffin (football), Kerry Hammonds (men's basketball), Larry Joe Inman (women's basketball coach), Jennifer Martinez (softball) and Micah Otis (track & field).
The class will be inducted Oct. 4 before the home football game against Southern Miss. The event will be open to the public and take place on the lawn of the Kennon Sports Hall of Fame building.