Larry Reid

2023 Hoy Hoy Award

Larry Reid 1943 During his high school years, Larry lettered in football, basketball, and track and field. He became a captain on both the football and basketball teams. He went on to become a starting tight end on the football team at Washburn University while also lettering in basketball. Larry earned his teaching degree and started his teaching career at Effingham High School in 1948. He would also coach there. From Effingham, he left to come back to Topeka and begin teaching and coaching at Roosevelt Junior High from 1950-1954. In 1954, he began teaching and coaching at Topeka High School, his Alma Mater, becoming Head Football Coach in 1959. He employed innovative techniques and brought down Lawrence High, T-High’s nemesis, in an important game. In 1960, he earned the title, City Coach of the Year. In addition, to coaching football, he became the Head Tennis Coach. During his tennis coaching tenure, he coached four State Single Champions. His tennis coaching success led to him being named to the Top 10 Shawnee County “Best of Best” Tennis Coaches. Later, Larry would become the President of the Topeka Tennis Association and was inducted into the Topeka Tennis Hall of Fame in 2016.