Every successful team needs a "Bossman." That player who
can pick a teammate up by their jockstraps, inspire them
through deed and word and refuse to let them lose. Larry Abare
is a Bossman.
Larry was a three sport captain at AB, leading in football,
basketball and baseball, earning 11 varsity letters. He is very
proud to be on the team that went 50-1, winning 4 DCL state
Larry was Coach Maver's Swiss army knife on "O" and "D".
As a full time receiver and part time running back, Larry
scored 39 career touch downs and 1100 yards receiving. As a
hybrid Safety linebacker, Larry made 250 tackles and 9 career
interceptions. Pretty good considering everyone ran away from
Larry was a Lowell Sun, Boston Globe, Boston Herald All-
Scholastic, and a Gridiron Club Super 26 All State player.
In hoops, the AB team he was on won 3 DCL titles and went to
the Garden in 2001 - 2002 and the North finals in 03 - 04 and
04 - 05. Larry was DCL All Star in 2004.
Larry was an outstanding centerfielder, a menacing base runner
and swung a mean bat, earning DCL All Star in 2003.
The Yale Bulldogs came calling and Larry picked up where he
left off. An LCL injury while playing outside linebacker his
junior year ended his season, yet allowed him to play a red shirt
year at strong safety.
Larry broke his arm in the 5th game and returned to "The
Game" with a cast the size of an anvil. He blocked a kick and
recorded 8 tackles playing with 1 arm. Larry finished his Yale
career with 208 career tackles, 2 interceptions, with 2 fumble
recoveries. The number of tackles is remarkable for a perimeter
player who lost time to injury.
Larry was named Yale's special teams player of the year in
2005, All Ivy D-Back in 2006 and 2008, and in 2005 won the
team Jordan Oliver Award as Yale player who earned the most
respect from his teammates.
Larry is newly married (June 2014) to the lovely Tatiana
Patsimas and living in Johnson City, TN, where Larry works
for financial services firm Colton, Groome & Co., and Tatiana
attends medical school.
To keep his competitive juices flowing, Larry officiates middle
school and high school football, basketball and baseball games.
Oh yeah, when he has time, Larry tutors student athletes at
Eastern Tennessee State University.
Larry's most memorable moment is after each AB football road
win, the team sang "Lean On Me". The song itself is about
friendship and leaning on one another. "All the victories at
AB were great, but this is my most memorable AB moment
because it reminds me of all that was and is great about the AB
community - namely, the importance of supporting one another
and forming friendships that last a lifetime."