NASHVILLE — Larry Joe Inman, the winningest coach in Ohio Valley Conference history, has announced his resignation as the head women’s basketball coach at Tennessee State University.
“I am resigning for personal reasons and want to thank Ms. Phillips for the opportunity to coach at Tennessee State University,” said Inman. “I’ve had a very positive experience here and I will always cherish the memories and relationships that I’ve had the opportunity to develop. Most of all, the memories that I’ve had with my players through the years have been wonderful and they’ve made such a difference in my life.”
Inman, who has spent the past five seasons at the helm of the women’s basketball program, led the Lady Tigers to an OVC Tournament Championship in 2015 and helped the team earn an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in 20 years.
During his stint at TSU, he coached one All-OVC first team selection, one OVC Tournament MVP and four members of the All-OVC second team.
An eight-time Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year, Inman has won seven OVC Tournament championships at three different schools and has 10 regular season titles under his belt.
Inman began his collegiate coaching career at Middle Tennessee in 1978 before spending 20 years at Eastern Kentucky. As his success continued, his name became synonymous with winning. Entering this season, with a total of 535 wins, he was the 24th all-time winningest coach among active Division I coaches. He is also a member of three Halls of Fame – Ohio Valley Conference, Middle Tennessee, and Eastern Kentucky.
“We are thankful to Coach Inman for guiding the Lady Tiger program and taking TSU women’s basketball back to the top with the 2015 OVC championship and NCAA tournament berth,” commented Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips. “I view Larry both as a friend and colleague and personally wish him all the best as he moves into a new phase in his life’s journey. Tennessee State has been blessed by his time here with us.”
The university will conduct a national search to identify the next head coach of the women’s basketball program.