Larry Tavino
Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Coach
Inducted in 2002
 Larry was an outstanding three-sport athlete at SHS earning 10 varsity letters.  As a soccer goaltender/field player, he was named All NCCC Conference, All Area and All State in both 1978 and 1979.  He led his team to the State Championship in 1978 (earning MVP honors) and the team was State Runner-Up in 1979.  The team won the NCCC Conference Championship all four years that Larry played.

In 1979 and 1980 as a member of the basketball team, Larry was named All NCCC Conference, All Area and All State Honorable Mention.  An All NCCC Conference baseball player in 1980, he was named the SHS Meade Alcorn Outstanding Athlete, and was listed by The Hartford Courant as one of Suffield’s “Best of the Century” athletes.

Upon graduation Larry attended Southern Connecticut State University where he was a soccer goaltender and helped Southern to a NCAA Division II 4th place National finish in 1980 and NCAA Division II 3rd place National finish in 1981.  He later transferred to Winthrop University in South Carolina where, as a field player in 1983 and 1984, he was named All District, All Area and All South, and in 1984 was a NAIA All American.  At the same time, he was named an NAIA Academic All American, NSCAA All American, and in 1985 was a Rhodes Scholar Nominee.

Upon completion of his Masters Degree, he moved to Hilton Head, South Carolina to teach Mathematics and Physical Education, to serve as Athletic Director, and to coach boys and girls varsity soccer.  In seven years his teams went to 6 State Finals and won 3 State championships.  He was named Coach of the Year 4 times.