Larry Holley, basketball coach of William Jewell, dies at 76

LIBERTY, Mo. — Former William Jewell basketball coach Larry Holley died Thursday at the age of 76.

Holley, a native of Jameson, Missouri, coached and student basketball at the William Jewell Campus for 44 years, winning 918 games as a head coach.

He was selected to five Hall of Fame members – Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association, Missouri Basketball Coaches Association, William Jewell College, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Missouri Sports.

He coached 24 NAIA All-Americans and his teams were No. 1 in the nation in 1996 and 2004.

In 2011, the Kansas City Sports Commission presented him with the Earl Smith Award, inducting Holley into the Greater Kansas City Amateur Sports Hall of Champions.

He also received the Gary Filbert Legacy Award (2014) for lifetime achievement in Missouri State basketball, which is the highest honor bestowed by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.

Funeral arrangements are forthcoming and the Holley family have requested confidentiality during this time.

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