Born and raised in Southern California, Larry was introduced to swimming and water polo at a young age and competed in both sports throughout his childhood and through school. In California, the sport of water polo is closely akin to swimming, and water polo players typically train with swim teams. During years of grueling swim workouts under renowned swimming coach Bud McAllister, Larry qualified for Junior Nationals in backstroke and freestyle events. After graduation, Larry played water polo at one of the more prestigious polo programs, Pepperdine University, where he was a stand-out and team captain.
While still in high school Larry was selected by the US Junior National Coach for the USA Water Polo Elite Development Pipeline. He competed at the 2002 world championships in Cairo and remained a member of the US National B Team throughout college. Larry’s hard work and talent afforded him the opportunity to travel the world in pursuit of one of his passions. Larry was later selected as an alternate for the USA Water Polo Olympic Team in Athens in 2004.
Larry has coached for over two decades in both swimming and water polo at the club and high school levels. He is an avid water sports enthusiast, engaging in open water swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddle-boarding, and pretty much any other sport that involves H2O. Larry still swims regularly with the PPA masters team and tries to avoid a heart attack at every session. PPA is so lucky to enjoy and be a part of Coach Larry’s passion and enthusiasm for sport and life.