Larry Varnell Papers

About Larry Varnell

Larry Varnell Chronology

1918 - Born in Adamsville, Tennessee

1935 – 1939 - Attended Milligan College, Tennessee – 4 years All-Conference in basketball (leading team in scoring every year) and all-conference in Baseball

1939 - Signed with St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, assigned to Johnson City team

1941 - Received Business Administration degree from National Business College, Roanoke, Virginia

1941 -1946 - Served in the U. S. Navy

1945 - Recruited and coached Navy All-Star baseball team composed of many well-known professional players

1946 - Joined Denver Nuggets AAU basketball team

1946 – 1951 - Head Basketball and Baseball Coach, also Assistant English Professor, at Regis College

1948 - Received Masters degree from Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado

1949 - Regis Basketball team coached by Varnell wins National Catholic Tournament

1951 - Joined Central Bank of Denver (remained with Central Bank until retirement, becoming a Vice-President)

1953 -1954 - Hosted radio talk show and daily sports TV show

1968 - Named Man of the Year by Denver Board of Realtors for his civic achievements

1990 - Inducted into Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

1997 - Inducted into Regis Hall of Fame

2008 - Died of complications from Alzheimer's disease