Larry Cordaro is beginning his second season at The University of Texas at Arlington as an assistant men's basketball coach.
Last summer, Cordaro became one of the youngest division one coaches in the country which he credits to his high energy, willingness to learn, countless hours spent working and relationships with many successful contacts in the coaching profession.
"We are fortunate to have a coach of Larry's caliber join our program," said Eddie McCarter, head coach of the Mavericks. "He will help us with on-the-floor coaching, recruiting, academic monitoring and scouting. He will have his hand in all aspects of the program."
In addition, Cordaro serves as the camp director of the UTA Men's Basketball Camp. In his first season as director, the camp saw an increase in attendance by more than 40 percent in the two-week event held on the UTA campus.
Before his stop in Arlington, he was the Director of Basketball Operations at Louisiana State University for two seasons (2002-04). His duties included on-campus recruiting, academic monitoring, coordinating pre-game meals and organizing meeting with LSU men's basketball booster club. Cordaro also was the co-director of John Brady's basketball camps and served as the video coordinator during the season. Cordaro entered the LSU program as a student assistant in 2001. In his three years assisting the Tigers, LSU reached the post-season every season with one NCAA Tournament appearance and two NIT berths.
Cordaro brought a vast knowledge of summer camp operations, working with some of college basketball's most knowledgable coaches after working at The University of Miami (Fla.), Arizona, Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham Southern, New Orleans, Texas, Middle Tennessee State, LSU and Joe Dean Jr.'s Dixie Basketball Camp.
Coach Cordaro was born and raised in Ruston, La. He played basketball at Ruston High School and graduated in 1998. He was a member of the Xavier University men's basketball team before transferring to LSU where he earned a bachcelor of science degree in accounting in 2002 and a master of science in sport management in 2004.