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Frazier: Coach's High School Coach
Doug Moeckel: Long time
colleague and associate
John (Spike) Harshbarger: Friend team mate and
Jack Ward; friend and sporting goods salesman
This is a part of Coach Jay Frazier's letter of
recommendation to the KSHSAA
It was my privilege to coach Larry his junior and senior years while he
attended Burdett High School during the school years of 1952-53 and
1953-54. Larry and several of his classmates were blessed with
considerable athletic skill and talent. Larry was exceptionally
fast. The 1954 Burdett High School's basket ball team won the class
BB state championship. Larry, with his speed, was a great asset to
our pressing defense and fast break offense. In six-man football he
was like a cottontail: quick, elusive and very difficult to bring down.
Larry played college football at Dodge City Junior College and
Northwestern State University, OK during the time that NCAA rules did not
allow teams to platoon, therefore, a player had to play both defense and
offense. Larry, rather small in stature, found it difficult to
defend the big tight ends on pass defense, however, offensively he was
outstanding. I attended one of his Junior College games and after he
had returned four punts for touchdowns the opponents began kicking out of
bounds. Had Larry played during the times of platoon football he
could have played for any major college in the country.
I do know that Larry had to be a great motivator and that by example
showed that hard work and dedication to the task would pay off in the long
run. Larry has made many contributions to the activities programs of
Kansas schools as a participant, teacher, coach and basketball official
and there for is well qualified to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
This is part of Doug Moeckel's Hall of fame
letter of recomendation.
I first knew Larry as an opposing coach
when he was at Plainville. His teams were always aggressive and well
prepared. I was taught many a hard lessons from his teams, Larry had
the ability to find your weaknesses and take advantage of them as well as
take away your strengths. He was never predictable; he would
spend Saturday and Sunday thinking about what his next opponent's game plan
would be and then would design a way to neutralize it. he was not
stuck with a given system, he just taught his kids the fundamental skills
and put his players in a situation where they could use them.
In the summer of 1986 I had the chance to work with Larry as a Kansas Shrine
Bowl Coach. Larry always said the he didn't know enough football, he
was just an old small town boy from Burdett. This was not true; he was
a great motivator and a fine assistant coach that summer. He was a
major part of the success of that group of fine young men.
Larry has had many successes in his lifetime. His coaching success in
Cimarron and Plainville are remarkable. He has impacted many lives and
taught many young people the value of striving for victory. It is my
pleasure to nominate him to the KSHSAA "Hall of Fame", Larry is very
deserving of this honor.
John Harshbarger was a team mate in college and
coached at Fowler while Coach Friend was at Cimarron. Here is a note
sent to Larry Jantz following the dinner in Hays. And I am sure this
goes for all of us.
appreciated very much the time you took to e-mail all of the info from March
20. Sounds like you had a grand time in meeting up with old friends
and coaches. I don't know of anyone more deserving than Larry Friend
of all the great relationships with his players and friends. Just
wanted you to know how sorry I was that I could not be there. Mom's
surgery went well and she is doing well. Larry, you put on a great
time for all of the people that came to see Larry Friend. All those
hours of work spent on the presentation paid off. Just a Great Big
Thanks for all you have done in Larry Friends behalf.
I sold Sporting Goods
starting in 1960. I had lots of great visits with Larry.
What a motivator. He always kept me at school too long, I had
trouble getting on the road. Don't you think he was a pretty good
athlete? I kind of think so. I am 85 now, but I have not
forgot our great visits at PVHS. Jack Ward, Jack Ward Sporting
Goods, Norton, KS, in business for 43 years in Norton.
Thanks for the note Jack, and yes,
I think he was a "pretty good athlete". Around here we go quite a
bit further with that, as you probably do as well. The stories
that have been told are endless and very believable to me as I have seen
him at work, Both as my coach and playing football in JUCO. I have
stolen this from Coach's page as a reminder that it is still on the site
to view. Thanks again Jack.
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