Larry McKenzie

Hall of Fame Minnesota H.S. Coach + Pillsbury United Communities

Local Board Member, Minnesota

Coach McKenzie is a Minnesota Coaching Icon.  He is the first basketball coach to win four straight titles in the 100-year history of the boys’ state tournament. He is the only coach, ever, to lead two separate schools (Minneapolis Patrick Henry and Minneapolis North) to multiple state basketball titles. He has led his teams to a total six state titles. In 2014 Coach became the first African American coach inducted into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, he was inducted into his Miami Beach high school’s Hall of Fame in 2018. In 2019 he was recognized by the NCAA with the prestigious, “Living Legend Award” – and the National Basketball Coaches Association honored him with the “Guardian of the Game Award”. He received the 2019 Positive Coaching Alliance – Minnesota “Community Impact Award”.

While these are just some of his accolades, probably the most valuable achievement is the incredibly positive impact he has had in the Northside community and the tremendous mentorship he has provided the youth of his community. His commitment to using athletics as a means to develop leaders, and learn life lessons has led to the strengthening of individuals and families in our state. He possesses a unique blend of purpose, passion, and a relentless focus of helping others succeed.


  • NCAA Living Legend Award (2019)
  • “Guardian of the Game” Award, National Basketball Coaches Association (2019)
  • Miami Beach H.S. Hall of Fame (2018)
  • Bush Fellowship Recipient (2018)
  • First African American Coach in the MN Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame (2014)
  • First coach to win four straight state titles in 100-year history of the MN State Boys Basketball tournament
  • Only coach to lead two teams to multiple state titles in Minnesota high school basketball (2017)
  • KARE-11’s 11 Who Care
  • KTCA’s Everyday Hero
  • Volunteer of the Year, Minneapolis Park Board
  • 2019 Positive Coaching Alliance – Minnesota Community Impact Award recipient

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