Larry Holley

Former Northwest Missouri State and William Jewell men’s basketball coach Larry Holley died Thursday.

His daughter, Lindsey, announced Holley’s death Thursday night in a post on social media.

“It is with a broken heart that I share that our extraordinary dad, Larry Holley, passed away unexpectedly this afternoon. We are all in shock and I know everyone who loved him will be too,” the post read. “If you knew our dad, then you know what a huge loss this is. He was a special man to so many of us — a coach, teacher, mentor, husband, father, grandfather, cousin and friend. He loved his life and the people in it so much.”

Holley, 76, retired from Jewell in 2019 after 40 seasons as the Cardinals’ head coach. He coached Northwest Missouri State in 1978 and ‘79. He finished with 919 career wins, 10th-most all-time.

Holley and his late wife, Ann, had three daughters.

Two of them, Lindsey and Lauren, graduated from William Jewell. Lacey, his youngest daughter, is a Drake University graduate.

He is survived by his second wife, Linda, along with his three daughters and four grandchildren.

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