Larry Binney

Larry Binney, Medford Sports Hall of FameLarry was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  He played football, basketball, and baseball at Klamath Union High School. Larry was an All-Conference baseball player and a member of the 1964 state runner up baseball team as well as the 64-state championship American Legion team.

He continued his education at Southern Oregon College. He started for the Raiders for four years at first base and center­field. Binney was selected all conference and all region during his junior and senior seasons. Binney graduated with a teaching degree in 1970. He taught school in Medford for 32 years, 17 years at Jefferson, six at Lone Pine, and nine at Hedrick Middle School. Larry played 29 years of Men’s Fast Pitch, participating in five National Tournaments. His Blitz team finished 2nd and 5th in 1980 and 1981.


  • Coaching career spans 40 years; coached Babe Ruth baseball, American Legion baseball, and all sports for 12 years at the elementary level; coached football and boys’ basketball for 10 years at Hedrick Middle School; was the girls’ varsity assistant basketball coach for three years at North Medford High School.
  • Most recognized coaching accomplishments were in softball at Medford Senior High and North Medford High School.
  • In 20 seasons as the Black Tornado Head Coach Binney’s teams won 16 conference championships and were State Champions in 1984, 1997, 1998, and 2002; his overall win-loss record was 471-103-1(82%). His conference mark was 277-38, 88%.
  • Voted conference coach of the year six times, state coach of the year five times, and in 1998 was selected as the National High School Coach of the Year.
  • His 1998 state championship team was ranked# 5 in the nation by USA Today.
  • Coached 18 years of ASA softball winning several state championships, a regional championship, and appearing in eight national tournaments.
  • Finished his coaching career at Southern Oregon University. In three years at SOU Binney’s teams won two conference championships and were regional runners- up all three years with an overall record of 109-51. Larry credits much of his success to longtime assistant coaches Duke Anderson, Rod Rumrey, and many other loyal, dedicated, hardworking coaches, and players.