“Coach” Larry Jamall Kinard

Coach Kinard is a native of Newberry, SC where he attended and graduated from Newberry High School (Class of 2004). Kinard was an All-State baseball player at Newberry High School under Coach Art Boozer. A four-year varsity starter, he finished as the program’s leader in hits and runs scored. A three time All Region Selection choice who batted .475 as a senior and .341 as a sophomore to earn All-Region honors. Kinard was also selected to the North/South All-Star Game.

Kinard went on to play collegiate Baseball at Gardner-Webb University, where he was considered one of the league’s most dangerous threats on the bases, a fast reliable leadoff man who was a five tool player. Named to the Atlantic Sun 2008 All-Tournament Team, Kinard was a 2 year Atlantic-Sun Academic Letterman. He used his high aptitude for science and math to graduate from Gardner-Webb with a BS Computer Science Degree.

After college, Kinard was invited to spring training by the Philadelphia Phillies, where he was then signed by the Mid-West Sliders of the Frontier League in Ypsilanti, MI. Kinard’s professional baseball career ended shortly thereafter when he suffered a torn Labrum in his right shoulder.

He then made his way to Charlotte, NC, after graduating from North Carolina State University’s Educational Certification Program. Kinard would begin to follow his passion for working with youth through a career in education. He taught Career and Technical Education for 2 years at John Taylor Williams Middle School where he was also the Head baseball coach.

Coach Kinard is now the Communities In Schools Site Coordinator at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology. He is the Committee Lead for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Communities In Schools Annual Man-Up Summit and the founder of the Know UR Why – Living Life With pURpose Summit. Kinard was one of only eight educators nationwide that won the True Sports Grant through the USADA.

Coach Kinard developed the Know UR Why summit to provide students with natural performance “highs” through quality decision making based on education, purposeful living and ethics; Not doping or cheating!

Kinard is also the Head Baseball Coach at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology. Kinard’s community involvement is more than his profession; it is his purpose and life’s work. He devotes much of his time as the Youth Director at Perfecting Christian Faith Church and through community service initiatives with his brotherhood of Prince Hall Masons. Kinard’s strong character, work ethic, and amicable personality make him a valuable asset to any team.