Larry Shyatt ’69


“My selection is both humbling and rewarding, and I consider it an honor to be part of such a distinguished group of alumni.”

“Hard work and intellect can defeat talent when talent doesn’t show.”

Recently retired after an extraordinary 40-year career coaching for the NCAA (University of Wyoming) and NBA (Dallas Mavericks), Larry Shyatt, a basketball standout while at Heights, is known as having one of the most outstanding basketball minds in the county. Basketball Times magazine, widely read by coaches, administrators and basketball media, named him four times as Top Assistant Coach in the country. Other than his keen sports mind, Larry is often noted for his character—both on and off the court. Deep respect among his peers resulted in his being the first assistant coach to be named to the National Association of Basketball coaches Board of Directors. After retiring from Wyoming in 2016, journalist Jerrad Anderson penned An Open Letter for Former Wyoming Basketball Coach Larry Shyatt, bemoaning the great loss to the school and included a personal heartfelt commentary: “When I have the opportunity to interview you, you’ve always been gracious and fair. Plus, you have to be the only coach in the NCAA who ends press conferences by telling local media members ‘If you guys need anything, please call.’” A devoted family man, Larry always found time to share his basketball knowhow. He participated in numerous basketball improvement clinics and created three highly regarded instructional skill-building videos: Building a Defensive Culture, Board Domination Skills and Face Guard Defensive Attack.


BS, Secondary Education, The College of Wooster
MA, Secondary Education, The University of Akron

Current Occupation

Basketball Coach (NCAA / NBA), Retired

  • Husband of 45 years to Pam Shyatt; father of three sons and two daughters-in-law; and grandfather of a granddaughter and a grandson 
  • Selected as 1998 NABC District 13 Coach of the Year, 1998 Mountain West District 13 Coach of the Year while head coach at The University of Wyoming, and coached Wyoming to first ever Mountain West Conference tournament championship and first NCAA tournament appearance in 13 years (2015) 
  • Won two NCAA National Championships (2006, 2007) as Associate Head Coach at The University of Florida 
  • Named Top Basketball Assistant four times by Basketball Times 
  • Recruited and/or coached more than 20 NBA players (including lottery picks and first round picks) during tenures as a college coach and as an NBA assistant 
  • Founded and conducts premier basketball clinic (38 years) for college and NBA coaches