Larry Shyatt Added to Florida Coaching Staff

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Former Clemson and Wyoming head coach Larry Shyatt has been hired as an assistant coach for the University of Florida men's basketball program, head coach Billy Donovan announced on Tuesday. Additionally, Tom Ostrom has been named the director of basketball operations for the Gators, while Matt Herring has been hired as strength and conditioning coordinator. Herring replaces Scott Webster who made a decision in April to pursue other professional opportunities in Gainesville. "We're all very excited to have Larry Shyatt as a part of our staff," said Donovan. "He is somebody that brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. Many members of my staff have been with me for a long period of time and will continue to do an outstanding job. They will be able to focus on areas to help the University of Florida basketball program."

Shyatt brings 27 years of basketball coaching experience to Florida, having last coached at Clemson in 2002-03 when he guided the Tigers to a 15-13 record. In six seasons as a head coach, five at Clemson and one at Wyoming, Shyatt posted a record of 89-93, including a trip to the NIT Championship game in 1999 in his first season with the Tigers. "Thirteen months ago I said I would never jump back into college coaching unless it was a perfect fit - the opportunity to work with someone that I knew and trusted," said Shyatt. "When I went down there last week, I was so impressed with Billy, his supporting cast and the commitment of the administration. I've known Billy for a long time and I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to be a part of Florida athletics and the great tradition he, his staff and the administration have established." A graduate of the College of Wooster (Ohio) with a Master's Degree in secondary education from Akron, Shyatt was an assistant at Utah during the 1975-76 season before spending six years at Cleveland State. In 1982-83, Shyatt moved on as the associate head coach at New Mexico beginning a six-year stint that saw the Lobos post two of the most successful seasons in school history in 1986-87 when they went 25-10 before posting 22 wins the following season. In 1988-89 he joined current University of Texas coach Rick Barnes at Providence College, just a year after Donovan graduated from the program, beginning a six-year run where the Friars won 108 games and their only Big East title in 1994. The year after winning the Big East title, Shyatt followed Barnes to Clemson as his associate head coach, a position he held for three years before taking the reigns at Wyoming in 1997-98. Shyatt guided the Cowboys to a 19-9 mark, a victory over eventual NCAA runner-up Utah and an appearance in the NIT. When Barnes accepted the head coaching position at Texas, Shyatt was named the head coach at Clemson on April 18, 1998. He led the Tigers to the NIT Championship game in his first season, becoming only the fourth first-year coach in ACC history to guide his team to a 20-win season. His 2000-01 squad played an up-tempo style, setting a school record for three-pointers in a season while picking up the biggest win of his career on Feb. 18, 2001 when his Tigers upset No. 1 North Carolina, ending their 18-game winning streak. Shyatt and his wife of nearly 30 years, Pam, have three sons, Jeremy (5-15-81), Geoffrey (1-15-84) and Philip (5-11-86). Herring comes to the Gators after serving as strength and conditioning coordinator for Oklahoma State men's and women's basketball for the past two years. Herring worked with a men's program that reached the Final Four last month. "Matt Herring has had the opportunity to be with two outstanding programs and has done a terrific job," added Donovan. "We feel fortunate that we're getting one of the best strength and conditioning coordinators in the country." Prior to his time in Stillwater, Herring spent two years as an intern at the University of Texas while serving as assistant strength and conditioning coordinator for St. Edward's University's men's basketball program at the same time. Herring earned his bachelor's degree in exercise sports science from Southwest Texas in 1994. He achieved his M.Ed. in kinesiology from the University of Texas in May of 2002. A native of Austin, Texas, Herring is married to the former Cindy Von Eper.

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