Entering his sixth season as the head coach of the LSUA Generals, Larry Cordaro has enjoyed unmitigated success since being named the program’s first ever head coach. In five seasons, Cordaro has amassed an 145-21 record and won at least a share of fpur Red River Athletic Conference regular season championships, along with three RRAC Tournament titles, the most recent coming in 2018. On a national level, he’s guided the Generals to the NAIA National Championship Tournament all five seasons, achieving the program’s first two trips to the “Fab Four”, the NAIA’s National Tournament semifinals, including making the program's first appearance in the Championship Finals in 2018, a game which the Generals took to overtime.
While winning numerous Coach of the Year accolades himself, including the prestigious National Association of Basketball Coaches’ NAIA Coach of the Year award in 2017, he’s led seven players to NAIA All-American honors; DeAngelo Coleman, Brian Sylvester, Brandon Moss, Gilbert Talbot, Jordin Williams, William Claiborne, & JaMichael Brown. Several of his players have won conference individual awards, including Coleman being named Conference Player of the Year twice, Sylvester being named Defensive Player of the Year three times, and both Coleman and Moss being named Newcomer of the Year.
The basis of LSUA’s success under Cordaro begins with defending the home floor. The Generals are 69-3 inside the city limits of Alexandria, Louisiana since the program’s inception, going 64-3 in the friendly confines of The Fort and 3-0 in the newly renovated Rapides Parish Coliseum where the Generals won the 2017 Red River Athletic Conference Tournament.
LSUA’s greatest success under Cordaro came during the 2016-17 season where the Generals finished the regular season 29-0, including 18-0 in Red River Athletic Conference play. The Generals took home the conference’s tournament championship with two more wins to make their record 31-0 entering the NAIA National Championship Tournament, where LSUA would collect three more wins on the team’s way to the program's first “Fab Four” appearance. A season later, the Generals would take another step and reach the NAIA National Championship Game.
Cordaro’s forte is getting the community involved by coordinating several types of camps in an effort to bring more recognition to the young LSUA program while creating a relationship with the central Louisiana area. Before the inaugural LSUA season, nineteen high schools from Louisiana participated in a team camp while a youth camp had over 500 young boy and girl participants. Cordaro’s coaching staff held several other events such as a 3-on-3 tournament with various age groups, a 5k on campus, and a Sunday skills clinic. His team also held a free, one-day clinic during the Christmas holiday break for over 90 children.
During his tenure in Hammond, the Lions have had nine All-Southland Conference players, six All-Louisiana players, four National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District players and made six trips to the conference tournament. Cordaro played a key role in the recruitment and development of Brandon Fortenberry and Roosevelt Johnson who both finished their careers as two of the top players in school history.
The Ruston, La., native spent two seasons at league rival UT Arlington where he served on former Mavs’ coach Eddie McCarter’s staff as one of the youngest Division I coaches in the country. UTA reached the Southland Conference Tournament both seasons that Cordaro was in the Metroplex and placed two members - Steven Thomas and Jarrett Howell – on the 2005-06 All-SLC squad.
Before his stop at UTA, Cordaro was at LSU for three seasons as Director of Basketball Operations where he assisted with on-campus recruiting, academic monitoring, and organizing meetings with the LSU men's basketball booster club. Cordaro also served as the co-director of John Brady's basketball camps and served as the video coordinator for Tigers. Cordaro played a role in the recruiting of Brandon Bass, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Tyrus Thomas, and Garrett Temple, who all went on to play professionally in the NBA. In his three years assisting, LSU reached the post-season each season.
Possessing a vast knowledge of summer camp operations, Cordaro has worked with some of college basketball's most knowledgeable coaches after working at The University of Miami (Fla.), Arizona, UAB, Birmingham-Southern, New Orleans, Texas, Middle Tennessee, LSU and Joe Dean, Jr.'s Dixie Basketball Camp. Each summer Cordaro conducts his own basketball camp in his hometown of Ruston. Over the course of ten years he's taught more than 400 campers the finer points of the game as well as life lessons.
A 1998 graduate of Ruston High School, Cordaro was a member of the Xavier University men's basketball team before transferring to LSU where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 2002 and a master of science in sport management in 2004.
Cordaro is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club where he serves on the Fellowship Committee. He was a key component in starting Fellowship of Christian Athletes on the campus of LSUA. Cordaro also volunteers his time by helping the United Way. Public speaking at various community events such as sports banquets, Rotary meetings, and high school career days are a hobby of the up-and-coming head coach. Cordaro is a member of both the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Annually, he serves as a camp instructor at the Final Four NCAA youth clinics. Alexandria Town Talk named Cordaro Sportsman of the Year and recognized him as being Top 20 under 40.