Larry Best (Meritorious Service) - Inducted 2020
Larry began his coaching career in 1982 under the mentorship of Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame Member Dick White. This started Larry on a path to a successful career with highlights of winning National Championships in 1986, 1996 and in 2012 with the latter being with BRYC Elite Academy. Successful campaigns as National Semi Finalists in 1987 & 2014 along with being US Youth Soccer National League Champions in 2013 & 2014. In addition, Larry won National Indoor Championships in 2010, 2011, & 2012. Larry was the National Promotions Manager for Lanzera USA which sponsored and supported the University of Virginia as NCAA National Champions in 1991, 1992, 1993, & 1994. In 2012 Larry was named the VYSA Girls Competitive Coach of the Year, US Youth Soccer Region I Girls Competitive Coach of the Year, and US Youth Soccer National Girls Competitive Coach of the Year. Larry most recently served as the Girl’s Technical Director for BRYC Elite Academy and left that position at the end of 2018 to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League. During almost 38 years of service to the game, it’s with great pleasure to recognize many people who have been a huge part of Larry’s success. The Baldwin Family, The White Family, The Milone Family, The Dolansky Family, The Riehl Family, The Madsen Family, The Harkes Family, The Sharon Family, The Burke Family, The Mishalow Family, with Special Thanks to Steve Baldwin, Bruce Arena, Richie Burke, Shannon Cirovski, Anson Dorrance, Wendy Gebauer, April Heinrichs, Bill Lynch, Joe Morrone, and every Coach, Teacher, Teammate, Player and everybody that has helped Larry on his journey to the incredible honor of being inducted in the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame.