Larry Hauser (1948- 2011): Basketball Coach Mentored Pro Athletes

Larry Hauser, former men’s basketball coach, died of complications from internal injuries earlier this month. The Chicago native served as the team’s fourth coach from 1997 to 2004. During his tenure, Coach Hauser developed eight All-California Collegiate Athletic Association and two NCAA All-Region student-athletes while leading the program to a second-place league finish during his first season as head coach.

Men's basketball coach Larry Hauser led the Toros to a second-place league finish in 1997; courtesy of Mel Miranda

Hauser graduated from Chicago State in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and earned his master’s degree in English in 1973.  He was a highly successful high school basketball coach in Illinois and California prior to joining the coaching staff at Santa Clara University from 1983 to 1997, where he recruited current NBA All-Pro and two-time MVP Steve Nash prior to coming to CSU Dominguez Hills.

“I will remember Coach Hauser as a passionate and dedicated coach and educator with an extremely quick wit and strong sense of humor,” says Patrick Guillen, athletic director. “He will certainly be missed.”

A Fresno resident at the time of his death, Hauser is survived by his wife Robyn and daughter Lindsey. His memorial service, which was held last week in Fresno, brought together many of his former student-athletes and assistant coaches from Cal State Dominguez Hills, such as Max Ward, Lamel Harris, Robert Tosetti, and Brad Enright. Robyn Hauser has recently informed the Toro Athletics Department that she has started a “Larry Hauser Student Athlete Scholarship Fund” with many of the donations received in his honor; details are forthcoming.


  1. Mark Bial says:

    A very special person. Got to know Larry at summer basketball camps when I coached at Illinois with Lou Henson. Very dedicated to the profession. He always talked at Steve Nash coming to Santa Clara. He will be missed.

  2. I knew Larry personally from 1983 until December of 1992. Yes he was an amazing coach. I am sorry for Robyn & Lindsey and Larry’s only grandchild Madison. Trust when I say wherever he is he has a big gulp of Pepsi in one hand and carrying a ball in the other.

    R.I.P. House

  3. Benjamin Williams says:

    Today we laid my Brother Larry down to rest. The service was beautiful and his wife and daughter are doing fine. We will miss him but we know we will see him again in Christ Jesus. With much Love. Thank you for your post.

  4. Remembering Mr. Hauser from my high school days and feeling sad that he’s no longer here. We had awesome basketball seasons because of him. Left us with wonderful memories! (Curt Crossley, Leon King, Rich Koch, Robert Gear, Phil Kuntz) just to name a few.

  5. I don’t know this individual, but may god bless his family during this difficult time.

  6. When I was a young cheerleader back at Eastridge High School, I remember listening to and watching Coach Hauser — he so inspired us. He was very authentically passionate about how he interacted with us and made each and everyone of us feel that he cared. It was nothing for him to go the extra mile by allowing the team to get whatever help they needed with school work, visiting homes and ensuring everyone had what they needed to be able to play ball with clear heads. Other than he and Coach Ron Jones, I don’t remember drills nor coaches [who were] able to watch the offense and defense of other team rivals and able to tell the guys what they needed to be winners. It is cool every time I [reflect back to] the guys in tuxedos and on top of luxury cars after we won the State Championship in 76. He will greatly missed. Prayers for his loved ones. Smooches and Hugs RIP. I know God is saying servant well done!! Our condolences, Nick and Rhonda Porter-McBride

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