Dick Tarrant, the winningest coach in Richmond basketball history, will be inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday during a ceremony introducing and honoring the Class of 2013 at the State Capitol.
Tarrant served as head men's basketball coach from 1981 to 1993, winning a school record 240 games and guiding the Spiders to the first nine postseason appearances in school history - five NCAAs and 4 NITs.
The 1983-84 team, featuring four future UR Athletics Hall of Famers, earned the school's first-ever NCAA tournament berth, stunning Charles Barkley-led Auburn in the first round, and putting the Spiders on college basketball's national stage.
The 1987-88 Spiders advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. Tarrant considers the first round victory over legendary coach Bob Knight's defending national champion Indiana Hoosiers as the signature triumph of his coaching career. Richmond defeated Georgia Tech in the second round - the second time the Spiders had beaten the Yellow Jackets that season.
In 1991, Tarrant's Spiders made history by becoming the first 15-seed to defeat a number 2-seed in the NCAA Tournament as Richmond shocked Syracuse.
The Spiders had never appeared in a post season tournament before Tarrant led his first Richmond team to the 1982 NIT, hosting Lefty Driesell's Maryland Terrapins at a sold-out Robins Center.
In 1994, just a year after his retirement, Tarrant was inducted into the University of Richmond Athletics Hall of Fame. In 1995, he was selected the Colonial Athletic Association's Coach of the Decade. Tarrant was named National Association of Coaches District 4 Coach of the Year five times, Conference Coach of the Year five times, Commonwealth of Virginia Coach of the Year twice and Nike College Basketball Coach of the Year in 1988.
Ten student-athletes Tarrant coached have been inducted into the Richmond Athletics Hall of Fame, led by the school's all-time leading scorer, John Newman.
Coach Tarrant and the Class of 2013 will be officially inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony Saturday April 27, 2013 at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center. For more information, call (757) 393-8031 or visit www.vshfm.com.
Click here to view the press release from the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame with details on the entire Class of 2013.