A coach, educator, author and speaker, Larry McKenzie, the only coach to win four straight state titles in the 99 year history of the Minnesota State
Boys Basketball tournament is sharing his success strategies for “winning” on the court and in life. Coach McKenzie shows why BASKETBALL is merely a
metaphor and a tool that can be used to transform lives.
Larry A. McKenzie is currently going into his fourth season, as the Head coach of Academy of Holy Angels, was formerly General Manager and Head Coach
of the Minnesota Ripknees of the American Basketball Association (ABA).
In nine seasons, Coach McKenzie and his staff developed the Patriots into one of the nation's top high school programs.
Under his leadership the Patriots won four consecutive Class AAA State, five Region 5 AAA titles, three Twin Cities titles and six consecutive
Minneapolis City Conference titles, finishing with an overall record of 202-34.
Prior to the arrival of Coach McKenzie and his staff, the Patriots had not won a State title in 55 years. Under McKenzie's direction, the Patriots
established themselves as a team dedicated to hard work, tenacious defense, and a high-octane offense.
McKenzie's mission was to develop a championship program while also using basketball as a tool to empower young men to be champions in their
classrooms, families, and communities.
By developing a highly structured program and a group of dedicated young coaches, the team showed tremendous improvement in the classroom, increasing
the team GPA from 1.6 to a 3.1. In just two years 95% of the players had made the A or B honor roll.