Murfreesboro, Tenn. --- Tennessee State University head women’s basketball coach Larry Inman was inducted into the 2014 Middle Tennessee Hall of Fame on Saturday.
The weekend of festivities began with a small gathering on Friday night in which the honorees had a chance to speak and reminisce about their careers with former players, fellow inductees, past Hall of Famers, friends and family.
“It was a first class program Friday night,” said Inman. “We got an opportunity to talk about what it meant to be inducted, some of the great times we all shared and the success we were fortunate to enjoy.”
Inman, who is in his third season as the head coach for the TSU women’s basketball program, coached at Middle Tennessee, an OVC member until 2000, from 1978-86.
The induction took place on Saturday before Middle’s football game vs. Southern Mississippi on the lawn of the Kennon Sports Hall of Fame building. During halftime of the football contest, the inductees were recognized and honored before a crowd of 14,022.
“It means so much to me because it was my first college coaching job and it was a springboard for my career as a collegiate coach. It meant a lot to see my old players that had brought so much success to the university. There were so many great memories we shared as a family together!”
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.
“It was an amazing experience for me and my family. I will always remember it as a great happening in my life!”
The members of the 2014 Middle Tennessee 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).