First Athletic Director 1952-56
First Basketball Coach 1952-56
First Baseball Coach 1952-55
Year Inducted: 1980
Larry Striplin is regarded as the “patriarch” of athletics at Belmont. He established the first men’s basketball team in 1952 and served in that capacity for four years, along with coaching baseball and serving as Belmont’s first Athletic Director.
As the head basketball coach, Larry posted a 58-42 record and recorded three winning seasons in his four-year tenure.
He produced Belmont Athletics’ first All-American in any sport, Robert Barnes. Barnes continues to be regarded as one of Belmont’s all-time great student-athletes. Larry would later honor this unique athlete by establishing the Robert E. Barnes Graduate Scholarship Award, presented annually to a student-athlete who is entering graduate school upon graduation from Belmont.
Coach Striplin has continued to be a friend and benefactor to the university. Belmont’s Striplin Gymnasium was named in his honor, along with the Striplin-Wiseman Athletic Office Complex in the new Curb Event Center. In 1980, he was one of the first three charter members of the Belmont Athletic Hall of Fame.