May 12, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head basketball coach Steve McClain announced on Friday the hiring of David Farrar as an Assistant Basketball Coach. Farrar comes to Wyoming from the University of South Alabama, where he was an assistant coach for the 2005-06 season.
Last season, Farrar helped guide the South Alabama Jaguars to a 24-7 record, 12-3 in Sun Belt Conference competition. South Alabama won the Sun Belt Western Division regular-season title, and won the Sun Belt Tournament Championship to advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Jaguars lost in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament to eventual national champion Florida.
Farrar brings a wealth of coaching and recruiting experience with him to Wyoming. He has held head-coaching positions at two NCAA Division I universities -- the University of Idaho (1997-2001) and Middle Tennessee State University (1991-96).
He was one of the most successful junior-college coaches in the nation from 1986-91 when he was the head coach at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan. During that five-year time period, Farrar posted a record of 137-33 (.806) and led the Dragons to the 1988 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship. Two other individuals who were a part of that national championship were then assistant coach Steve McClain and center Shaun Vandiver, who is currently an assistant coach at Wyoming. The 1987-88 Hutch squad posted a 37-2 (.949) record on way to the national title.
In his 17 seasons as a head coach at the junior college and NCAA Division I levels, Farrar won a total of 349 games, including 110 Division I victories.
"I think anytime you have an opportunity to hire someone who's not only been a head coach at this level, but has been successful at this level, it strengthens your coaching staff and strengthens your entire program," said McClain. "When I knew I was losing John (Adams), I didn't know if it was possible to find someone to come in and make as big an impact as John did, but I believe we've been able to do that with Coach Farrar.
"I've been around a lot of very good coaches. I've never been around a better coach on the floor than Coach Farrar. He's going to be a great addition to our staff."
"It is exciting to be a part of the University of Wyoming and the Cowboy Basketball program," said Farrar. "I have known Coach McClain for over twenty years, and have always been impressed with his work ethic and enthusiasm. The tradition he has built allows all of us to be a part of something special."
Among the honors Farrar won while the head coach at Hutchinson Community College were: NJCAA National Coach of the Year in 1988; Kodak National Junior College Coach of the Year in 1988; and Region VI Coach of the Year in both 1987 and `88.
Before taking over as the head coach at Hutchinson Community College, Farrar was an assistant basketball coach at Western Kentucky University (1984-86), Mississippi State University (1979-84) and Southwestern Louisiana University (1978-79).
A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Farrar earned his bachelor of arts degree in physical education from Anderson College in Anderson, Ind., in 1969 and his master's degree, also in physical education, from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., in 1972.
He and his wife Lochia have two grown daughters, Nichole Golden and Libra Lukasick, and six grandchildren.
Farrar's hiring is subject to approval by the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees.
Farrar fills the assistant coaching position of longtime Wyoming assistant John Adams. Adams, who served as an assistant coach for the past eight seasons at Wyoming, announced in April of 2006 that he was leaving the coaching profession to run his family's business in Iowa.