Matt Larry enters his seventh season as the head baseball coach at Shorter College after a nine-year tenure as the assistant coach for the Hawks' baseball program. In six seasons at the helm, Larry has guided the Hawks to 141 victories.
A native of Stone Mountain, Ga., Larry attended Clarkston High School where he was selected to the Dugout Club's East All-Star team in 1988.
He played two years at Dekalb Junior College as a catcher and finished up his collegiate baseball career at Shorter in 1992.
At Shorter, he was a member of the 1991 Georgia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship team under head coach Mike Sansing and in 1992, helped the Hawks to a District 25 runner-up finish and 36 victories while playing for head coach Ricci Lattanzi.
Larry earned All-Conference and All-District honors as a senior catcher following the 1992 campaign.
Larry was the architect behind Shorter's 1998 and 2003 Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference (GACC) championship teams and in 2004, launched Shorter's first-ever junior varsity program.
In 2006, Larry was awarded the Georgia Dugout Club Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Hawks to a 34-23 overall record.
Each year, Larry gives countless young men the opportunity to excel both as athletes on the baseball diamond and in the classroom as students dedicated to earning a college degree.
Since 2004, Larry has directed the baseball program to a near 100 percent graduation rate and an overall team grade point average of 3.25 or better.
Last season, Larry's Hawks boasted seven Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) All-Academic Team honorees, two NAIA Scholar-Athletes and one ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District recipient in current Hawks' senior, Jake Broome.
Larry's tireless efforts on the recruiting front continue to keep Shorter competitive both on and off the field in the SSAC.
Larry earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Shorter in 1993 and began his coaching career in 1994 as an assistant with the Hawks. He earned his Master's in Education from Jacksonville State University in 1998.
Larry is married to the former Brig Bagley of Rome, Ga., and they have two children: a daughter, Alivia (10) and a son, Bagley (5).