Gary Larkins was a teacher and successful coach at Frederica Academy for 25 years from 1975-2000 before moving to Glynn Academy where he enjoyed continued success with the Glynn Academy girls soccer team until retiring from coaching following the 2013 season with the Lady Terrors.
While at Frederica, Larkins coached the junior varsity and varsity boys soccer teams and the junior varsity and varsity boys and girls tennis teams. He also served as athletic director, mathematics teacher and math team coach during his tenure at the St. Simons Island private school.
His soccer teams won eight straight GISA state championships from 1982-1988. The Knights also won state again in 1994. Many of his players received all-region, all-state and other all-star honors. He was selected on numerous occasions as the GISA Coach of the Year, both in soccer and tennis. His tennis singles and doubles teams won many region titles, as well as eight girls state team titles and five boys state team titles.
Larkins then became head girls soccer coach at Glynn Academy in 2001, where he coached the Lady Terrors through the 2013 season. During this time, he compiled an overall coaching record of 189 wins and just 52 losses, along with eight ties. That's a .775 winning percentage. His Glynn girls won five region championships in 2005, '06, '09, '10 and '13. Four times his GA teams finished as region runners-up. Under Larkins, the Lady Terrors played in the first round of the state playoffs five times, in the second round three times and reached the state quarterfinal round four different years.
In addition to coaching high school soccer, Larkins has been active in coaching youth teams in the Golden Isles Soccer Association since the early 1980s. He is also an active referee for Georgia State Soccer, the Georgia High School Association and the Florida High School Association.
Larkins, whose hobbies are scuba diving, tennis and bike riding, is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.