MURFREESBORO — Former Lebanon and Mt. Juliet High girls’ basketball coach Larry Joe Inman has been named to the Middle Tennessee State Hall of Fame.
Inman, a Lebanon resident, coached Mt. Juliet to its first state championship in 1977. A year later, he ended his five year stay at MJ to break into college coaching at MTSU, where he quickly made the Lady Raiders an Ohio Valley Conference power, a status the program retains today in Conference USA.
During his tenure at the helm (1979-1986), Inman tallied a 161-73 won-loss record and led his highly-talented squads to five Ohio Valley Conference championships, four OVC tournament championships and four NCAA tournament appearances.
His 1982-83 squad was the first-ever Blue Raider women's basketball team to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Inman's fellow OVC coaches recognized his coaching expertise and pegged him for Coach of the Year honors following the 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1986 seasons.
Inman is also a member of the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2009, and is also a member of the Hall at Eastern Kentucky, where he became the league’s winningest women’s basketball coach.
After leaving EKU, he returned to high school coaching with a two-year stint at Lebanon before being lured to Tennessee State two years ago where he continues to build on his OVC wins record.
The class will be inducted on Oct. 4 prior to MTSU’s kickoff against Southern Miss. The event will take place on the lawn of the Kennon Sports Hall of Fame two and a half hours before kickoff. The induction is free to the public.