College Sports

Cal State Stanislaus men's basketball coach not returning

By Brian VanderBeek

Keith Larsen, the energetic men’s basketball coach at Cal State Stanislaus, has been fired after six years at the helm — a run that included only one winning season.

The Warriors went 7-18 overall and 3-17 in the CCAA in 2008-09 — the team’s worst conference record since joining the CCAA and offering athletic scholarships in 1998.

Larsen informed his players on Monday. Guard Chris Teevan, who will be a senior this fall, was one of the first to be contacted by The Bee.

“I was sad to see it happen,” said Teevan, a graduate of Beyer High and Modesto Junior College. “Was I surprised that Coach Larsen was fired? Not really, but I am surprised at the timing of it considering this is the middle of the recruiting season.

“Coach Larsen was great to play for. Unfortunately the wins didn’t match up to what was needed and what should be expected at this school. I think the resources are there and we just didn’t get it done. A lot of the blame has to fall on the players, and in that way it’s sad to see all the blame fall on one guy; but you can’t fire the players.”

Prior to arriving in Turlock, Larsen coached at Menlo College in Atherton, leading the Oaks to two conference championships and two berths in the NAIA national tournament. He was also the men’s golf coach and athletic director at the school.

He was an assistant coach under Mike Montgomery at Stanford from 1987-92, and prior to that coached at Woodside High and Mills High in Millbrae. He is a graduate of San Francisco State.