Maybe Larry Dessart never could decide which sport he liked best. So he played them all. He lettered in six sports in high school in New Jersey. At Akron U, between 1947 and 1950, he competed in football, track, wrestling, and gymnastics. That same kind of versatility carried over to his coaching career, where he coached track, cross country, and wrestling at East High, winning Akron city championships in all three sports. In 1965, he became director of health, physical education and athletics for the Akron Public Schools. He served in that capacity until tacking semi-retirement in 1986. In 1981, he was named to the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame.