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Dick Tarrant (born August 4, 1931) was the head men's basketball coach at the University of Richmond from 1981 through 1993. Tarrant, led the Spiders to five NCAA Tournament and four NIT berths in his twelve seasons as head coach—the first postseason appearances in school history.
|Born||August 4, 1931|
Jersey City, New Jersey
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|4× CAA Coach of the Year (1984, 1986, 1989, 1991)|
Under Tarrant, the Spiders gained a reputation as giant killers. In their first NCAA appearance, in 1984, they upended an Auburn team led by Charles Barkley in the first round. In 1988, they defeated defending national champion Indiana and Georgia Tech to advance to the Sweet Sixteen—the deepest run by a Colonial Athletic Association team at the time—before losing to Temple. In 1991, Tarrant led the 15th seed Spiders to an upset win over second-seeded Syracuse—the first time that a 15th seed had made it out of the first round.
In 2013, Tarrant was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. In 2015, Richmond named the playing surface at the Robins Center "Dick Tarrant Court" in Tarrant's honor. He left Richmond as far and away the winningest coach in school history, though he has since been passed by current coach Chris Mooney.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Richmond (ECAC South/CAA) (1981–1993)|
|1981–82||Richmond||18–11||6–4||2nd||NIT First Round|
|1983–84||Richmond||22–10||7–3||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|1984–85||Richmond||21–11||11–3||T-1st||NIT Second Round|
|1985–86||Richmond||23–7||12–2||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|1987–88||Richmond||26–7||11–3||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1988–89||Richmond||21–10||13–1||1st||NIT Second Round|
|1989–90||Richmond||22–10||10–4||T-2nd||NCAA First Round|
|1990–91||Richmond||22–10||10–4||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|1991–92||Richmond||22–8||12–2||T-1st||NIT First Round|
Postseason invitational champion
- Feinstein, John (12 December 1988). "Into The Limelight". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
- Iannazzone, Al (14 September 2010). "Former coach Dick Tarrant keeping a hand in hoops". North Jersey. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
- Staff. "Richmond to name Robins Center hardwood after coach Dick Tarrant", NCAA, July 30, 2015. Accessed August 12, 2016. "A native of Englewood, New Jersey, Tarrant came to Richmond as an assistant coach in 1978, and he became head coach in 1981."
- Vecsey, George. [https://www.nytimes.com/1988/03/20/sports/sports-of-the-times-a-portrait-of-a-late-blooming-coach.html The New York Times, March 20, 1988. Accessed December 17, 2019. "He played basketball for Vince Lombardi and he scouted for Bobby Knight, and now he has defeated Knight as a coach.... Tarrant was a Jersey guy before Bruce Springsteen made it fashionable. His odyssey began in the modest gymnasium of St. Cecilia High in Englewood, where his coach was a rugged former football lineman from Fordham."
- "Coach Tarrant Elected To Virginia Sports Hall Of Fame". Richmond Spiders. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2014.