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Former Memphis coach Finch dies

Posted on: April 2, 2011 4:26 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2011 5:09 pm
Larry Finch, who led Memphis (then Memphis State) to the 1973 Final Four and later coached the Tigers for 11 seasons, died Saturday at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.

He was 60.

Finch is the winningest coach in school history.

He coached the Tigers from 1986 to 1997 and made six NCAA tournaments.

His health had been poor since suffering multiple strokes in 2001.

"My thoughts are with the friends and family of former Memphis player and coach, Larry Finch," former Memphis coach and current Kentucky coach John Calipari Tweeted Saturday just hours before he was to coach Kentucky against Connecticut in the Final Four.
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Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:12 am
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Since: Feb 21, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 5:49 pm

Former Memphis coach Finch dies

coach finch changed my feet positioning on my free throw shot when i was a youngster

he told me the "Why?" behind the reason for the change

i never did it "the old way" again

that stuck with me to this day and will forever

i've noticed through the years as a coach if you just correct your players' technique it may last for a lil while but at any time of a slump related to the skill you corrected or over periods of time where you don't see your players for awhile most will go back to "their way"

BUT... if you tell your players the "Why?", they remember and most of the time it will stick permanently

i learned that from coach finch

thanks coach

p.s. the other day i saw one of my former players teaching her players the same foot positioning on free throws that i had taught her that coach finch had taught me ... and that particular finch coaching strategy will continue forever because i heard her tell her players "Why" she wanted them to change

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2011 5:16 pm

Former Memphis coach Finch dies

R.I.P. Larry. It may be hard for people located outside of the city of Memphis to recognize the impact of this man. But as a lifelong Memphian, he will always be the person responsible for elevating
the love of the game here in town. His influenece was tremendous and he was a bridge builder, along with Gene Bartow, that united the city in a time when it was hurting and divided. Thank you for everything you meant to this program and this city. Godspeed Coach Finch.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 5:08 pm

Former Memphis coach Finch dies

RIP Larry Finch. GO TIGERS!! 

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