Alumni Spotlight: Larry Greer ‘81

Larry Greer '81 is currently the Assistant Basketball Coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Enjoy the spotlight on this Allen-Stevenson alumnus below:
Describe your job with the Timberwolves—what do you do?
I’m the Assistant Basketball Coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves. I help prepare for practice by assisting in deciding what drills and lessons we’ll do. I also coach players on the floor, instructing them, critiquing them, and helping them prepare for games, game prep—watching films of our opponents, reading providing detailed scouting reports, analyzing plays, etc.—anything that’ll help give our team insight into how to beat our opponents.
 
What is a typical day like for you?
On a typical day, I get to work at 6:15 AM. I spend a few hours beforehand, doing work before the players get there, which is between 9:30AM and 10 AM. We do pre-practice—1 on 1 work for about a half hour—then practice goes for about two hours  from about 11 AM till 1 PM, and then there’s two and a half hours of post-practice shooting. I have two more hours of general work, like I do in the morning, and I get home around 5:30 PM. It’s a long day, but I’m lucky to work with people who give their all and want the best for the team—and that’s what we give.
 
What do you love most about your job?
Many people think the games are what I love the most. But for me, that’s the dessert. I love two things more. For one, I love working with my brother. He’s the top assistant coach for the Timberwolves. As such, I get to work with him every day. Few adults get to spend a lot of quality time with their siblings. This job allows me to do that. Secondly, I love to practice. I also love watching videos of plays, crafting strategy, and helping the players get better.
 
How did your time at A-S influence you the most? How did it prepare you for life ahead?
Allen-Stevenson taught me how to be a man. I was told that when we enter a room we’re ‘gentlemen first.’ That’s stuck with me. Allen-Stevenson knows how to make well-rounded boys. You can be anything you want to be at A-S and in the world. And you have so many opportunities while at Allen-Stevenson to decide who you are: in athletics, academics, or the arts. I love that about Allen-Stevenson. 
 
Who were some of the most influential teachers in your life at A-S?
Mr. Kersey taught me in school, and also coached me on the field. I played baseball and was able to play on the varsity team as a 5th grader. I remember going to Randall’s Island with Mr. Kersey and being at practice with him. I remember the Saturday Morning Club—where boys would come on Saturday and play sports. It’s hard to imagine someone who went through A-S not being affected positively by Mr. Kersey. Mr. Pariseau, my history teacher, also instilled in me a love for history. His 9th-grade history class was one of my favorites. And finally, Mr. Daly was a competitive, fair, and fun coach. He taught me how to be competitive, and how to compete, but respectfully.
 
What was your fondest A-S memory?
So many! I loved Field Day…being able to play with my friends. The Academic Bowl was a great and fond memory of mine. And of course, beating Buckley at sports. But overall, I loved all my Allen-Stevenson experience. I also fondly remember a chef, Mrs. Krasa, who explained how she escaped from the Nazis by skiing down a mountain. That’s something that’s stuck with me for years!
 
What advice would you give an Allen-Stevenson boy today?
You can never read enough. I wish I read more when I was younger. You can turn off the Yankees game, and pick up a book. Trust me.
 
Do you have any tips for the Allen-Stevenson athlete?
You don’t have to be the best athlete on the court. No matter what, just keep pushing. Never give up. No matter your goal, the most important thing is to be a good teammate, and a good person. That’s what people will remember.
 
If you could describe Allen-Stevenson in one sentence, what would it be?
Allen-Stevenson is a great place for a young boy to learn the tools they need to become a great man.
 
 
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