From the gridiron at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa to the examining rooms at Pacific Eye Care in Lihu’e, Dr. Larry Sherrer has always been a team player.
Sherrer joined four other Hawai’i alumni athletes in being inducted into the University of Hawai’i’s Sports Circle of Honor over the weekend.
Two former Wahine volleyball players, a former baseball player, a former football coach, and Sherrer were honored.
The five were introduced to the media during a luncheon at the Bank of Hawai’i on O’ahu which has teamed with the University of Hawai’i Athletics Department since 1982 as a founding sponsor.
The Sports Circle of Honor recognizes the individuals and teams that have contributed to the growth, history and tradition of UH sports.
Robyn Ah Mow, now competing in Europe, and with the past two U.S. Olympic teams, and Angelica Ljungquist, Ah Mow’s teammate at UH from 1993-96, are the two volleyball players.
Toku Tanaka played baseball in 1941 and in 1946-48. Then, Tanaka served as the volunteer head coach of the UH baseball team from 1950-51, and 1955-60, before retiring from the College of Tropical Agriculture after 32 years.Dick Tomey, who currently holds the most wins among UH football coaches, was at the helm of the UH football program for 10 years from 1977-86.
Former UH football player Sherrer currently practices ophthalmology in Lihu’e, and was an outstanding running back in 1969-71.
Sherrer played football and ran track for UH after transferring from Oklahoma where he led the No. 1 Sooner team in the nation in rushing.
The 6-foot, 2-inch 210-pound running back, who clocked the 40 in 4.4 seconds, was the first player in UH history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. He held all the school records in rushing and scoring when he completed his college career.
Sherrer was also the first player selected for the 1972 Hula Bowl. He also earned three track letters.
On Kaua’i, Sherrer is known for his community work, such as the Free Care Day that he participates in with neighboring Great Smiles Dental. Sherrer and Dr. Greg Naganuma’s staffs work to provide free health care in their respective fields for Kaua’i’s needy people on Christmas Eve.
Starting in 1998, Sherrer and his staff have been providing free exams and glasses to the needy for the holiday season.
The five alumni athletes were formally inducted into the Circle of Honor during the halftime at the UH vs. San Jose State men’s basketball game Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
They were also guests to a reception prior to the game hosted by the Bank of Hawai’i.
With Saturday night’s induction, the total number of inductees into the Circle of Honor is 68. Nine teams have also been enshrined. Plaques honoring the individuals and teams are anchored on the inner walls surrounding the main concourse of the Stan Sheriff Center.