“The Winningest Coach in America”
Larry Gelwix served as the volunteer Head Coach of the Highland Rugby team for 36 years. The team’s success and varsity record of 418 wins and just 10 loses, including 20 national championships, caught the attention of Hollywood which produced a major motion picture, “Forever Strong”, which tells the true life story of Coach Gelwix and the Highland team. Gelwix was also the subject of a documentary entitled, “Larry Gelwix: No Regrets”, which won an Emmy Award for “Best Documentary” and has aired on national television. Fox News and other national media have labeled Coach Gelwix as the “Winningest Coach in America”.
Larry was born and raised in San Francisco. He received his Masters degree in Organizational Communications from Brigham Young University where he also played on the rugby team. Larry’s professional career is in the airline and travel industry. He owned one of the largest travel agencies in the country, formerly served as an airline CEO, is a published author, and the recipient of numerous awards, honors, and distinctions. Coach Gelwix hosts a syndicated radio talk show and is the feature of a weekly TV news report on the local CBS network affiliate.
As a volunteer, Larry coached varsity football and for 36 years coached the Highland Rugby team. The team attracted 200+ players each year grades 7 through 12 and featured 15 coaches and five different teams. Coach Gelwix and the Highland team qualified for the World Schools Rugby Championship in Zimbabwe, Africa, which featured the national school champion teams from around the world and came home with a bronze medal and third place world finish.
Coach Gelwix has addressed conventions, seminars, groups, corporate meetings, university commencements, and conducted training sessions across the country and around the world on leadership, ethics, and universal moral values that contribute to sustainable success. A highly sought after speaker, his travels and presentations have taken him to over 100 countries around the globe. Coach Gelwix is a master storyteller and electrifies audiences with his combination of wit, wisdom, and practical leadership skills.
“Change is instantaneous. Not changing is what takes a long time!”
“Losers fail and quit. Winners fail and keep trying until they succeed!”
“Nothing good in life happens by wishing, wanting, and hoping. Good things happen by doing.”
“The biggest obstacle to greatness is goodness. When we’re good and things are going reasonably well, we don’t always feel the positive and painful pressure to push ourselves far beyond what we think we can do and perform at our optimum. This is greatness!”
“There are only two kinds of pain in life. There is the pain of hard work and the pain of regret. The pain of hard work is temporary. The pain of regret is permanent.”
Larry Gelwix, No Regrets – 2012 Emmy Award Winner- Best Regional Documentary