Former Memphis coach Finch dies
Finch coached alma mater for 11 seasons with a 220-130 record
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Larry Finch, who coached his alma mater Memphis for 11 seasons after a brief pro basketball career as a player, has died. He was 60.
Tigers spokesman Lamar Chance said Finch died Saturday. He didn’t know the cause of death.
Finch suffered a debilitating stroke in 2002 at age 51. In October 2010, he was hospitalized for treatment of pneumonia.
As Tigers’ coach from 1986 to 1997, he compiled a 220-130 record. He took the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament six times, including a run to the final eight in 1992.
Finch, a guard, played for the Tigers from 1970 to 1973, scoring 1,869 points. The 1973 team lost to Bill Walton-led UCLA in the NCAA championship game despite Finch’s 29 points.
Finch’s jersey, No. 21, was retired in 1974.