After spending six years as a volunteer assistant coach, Larry Cooper took over the reigns of the Philadelphia University softball program on December 1, 2014. The 2017-18 season will be his 10th with the program, fourth as the head coach.
In 2017, Cooper led the Rams to one of their most successful seasons in program history. The team posted a 25-28 overall record and reached the final day of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament for the first time ever. The 25 victories are tied for the second-most in program history. Against the CACC, Philadelphia went 13-11—the fourth time that the Rams had a winning record in conference play since joining the CACC in 2006.
Sophomore Naomi Stas was named to the All-CACC first team and sophomore Stephanie Pepper and freshman Kayla Henry-Caltabellotta earned a place on the All-CACC second team.
The Rams were 33-57-1 in Cooper’s first two seasons at the helm. They missed the CACC Tournament by a single game in both years. In 2015, Emma Haley was selected to the All-CACC first team.
In the classroom, nine Rams earned a place on the CACC Softball All-Academic Team for having a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. Seven of the nine student-athletes have made the team twice.
Before stepping into the head coach role, Cooper was a volunteer assistant coach for the Rams from 2009 through 2014. In those six seasons, Philadelphia compiled a 126-139 overall record, 77-77 in CACC play, and reached four CACC Tournaments. The Rams won a school-record 26 games in 2010.
Cooper started his collegiate career with assistant coaching stints at the University of the Sciences (1997-05) and Rosemont College (2006-08).
As a travel softball coach, Cooper has taken his teams around the world to play in tournaments in Australia, Holland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, England, Canada, and Belgium. In 2011, Cooper was asked to coach a USA “B” team in the Canada Cup but was unable to do so because of health reasons.
Cooper got his start at the recreation level as an assistant coach for the Pennsbury Panthers 18U team in 1989 and 1990. In 1990, Cooper co-founded the Philadelphia Spirit Fastpitch organization and served as the head coach of the 16U squad until 1997. He moved over to the Delco Diamonds 18U team as an assistant in 1997.
At the high school level, Cooper was an assistant at St. Basil’s Academy in 1997 and Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1998 and 1999.
|Larry Cooper's Coaching Record|
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