UMC Teambackers announce Al Larson as Teambacker of the Year for 2012

The UMC Teambackers have named Allan"Al" Larson as the 2012 UMC Teambacker of the Teambacker_Year_120502.jpgYear. He was recognized during the annual Teambacker Fun Nite in April.

Larson was one of the founding fathers of the Teambacker organization as well as the UMC Teambacker Golf Classic. He served as the director of external relations at the U of M, Crookston for more than ten years. A recipient of the distinguished professional and administrative award Larson also received distinguished service award from the Northwest School of Agriculture in 1997.

Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising on the Crookston campus acknowledges Larson as a most worthy recipient. "He is as dedicated to Teambackers as he is to the U of M, Crookston," Tyrrell says. "We are very proud to give Al the Teambacker of the Year award for 2012."

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In the photo: Al Larson (left) receives Teambacker of the Year award from Marv Bachmeier.

Contact: Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising, 218-281-8436 (; Ruth Navarro, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (