Larry A. McKenzie
Author, Educator, Motivational Speaker, Life Coach, High School Basketball Coach
Catalyst For Change
A coach, author, educator, Larry McKenzie, the First coach to win four straight state titles in the 100 year history of the Minnesota State Boys Basketball and most recently became the first Coach to lead two Urban Schools to multiple state titles having led Minneapolis North to two straight Class A state titles.
Larry is a long time community and youth advocate with 25 plus years of experience working with urban youth. His service to young people has earned him numerous awards and recognition including KARE 11's Eleven Who Care, KTCA's Everyday Hero, the Minneapolis Park Board's Volunteer of the Year, and Positive Image Father of the Year. In 2014 He became the first African-American Coach selected to the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
His commitment to the community has been valued as a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Alumni Chapter, serving on the Metropolitan Council Minority Issues Advisory Committee, and as a board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Minneapolis, the North Community YMCA, , the Northside Development Council, Minnesota Association of Charter School Auhorizers and numerous other nonprofit organizations.
Larry's professional background includes 25 years of business experience in management, sales, and marketing—including 15 years in the non-profit sector. His experience includes serving as Executive Director of Hospitality House Youth Directions, the Urban Director at Youth Frontiers which provides character education to numerous Minnesota schools, Executive Director of Right Step Academy , General Manager /Coach of Minnesota Ripknees a minor league professional basketball team, and Charter School Authorizer Liaison for Pillsbury United Communities.
- NHSA Minnesota Coach of the Year, 2001. • AAA Coach of the Year, 2001. • Region Coach of the Year, 1999, 2000, 20001. • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Alumni, Richfield, MN: President (1983-87); Secretary (1987-88); Board of Directors (1989-90). Richfield Alumni – Kappa Man of the Year (1985, 1986, 1989); Achievement Award (1989); Officer of the Year (1985, 1988); Outstanding Service Award (1987, 1989). • Outstanding Young Men in America (1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988). • Minneapolis Park Board Volunteer of the Year (October 1998). • KARE – Eleven Who Care (May 1994) • KCTA – Everyday Hero (1993). • Minneapolis Street Academy – Positive Image Award (1985). • C. Leon Wilson – Most Distinguished Alumni Award North Central Province • New Bethel Baptist Church. Ordained Deacon (April 1987). • City of Minneapolis -2014 Minnesota Peace Keeper Award • Positive Image- 2014 Father of the Year Award • Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association- Class of 2014 Hall of Fame