Larry Cooper enters his second season as the head coach of the Philadelphia University softball team in 2016. Cooper brings 35 years of softball coaching experience to the team.
In his first season as the Rams' head coach, Cooper led the team to a 19-25 record, 12-14 against the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). Philadelphia earned the CACC Sportsmanship Award and Emma Haley was named to the All-CACC first team.
Before stepping into the head coach role, Cooper was a volunteer assistant coach for the Rams from 2009 through 2014. In those six seasons, Philadelphia compiled a 126-139 overall record, 77-77 in CACC play, and reached four CACC Tournaments. The Rams won a school record 26 games in 2010.
Cooper started his collegiate career with assistant coaching stints at the University of the Sciences (1997-05) and Rosemont College (2006-08).
As a travel softball coach, Cooper has taken his teams around the world to play in tournaments in Australia, Holland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, England, Canada and Belgium. In 2011, Cooper was asked to coach a USA “B” team in the Canada Cup, but was unable to do so because of health reasons.
Cooper got his start at the recreation level as an assistant coach for the Pennsbury Panthers 18U team in 1989 and 1990. In 1990, Cooper co-founded the Philadelphia Spirit Fastpitch organization and served as the head coach of the 16U squad until 1997. He moved over to the Delco Diamonds 18U team as an assistant in 1997.
At the high school level, Cooper was an assistant at St. Basil’s Academy in 1997 and Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1998 and 1999.