Born in Denver, Colorado in 1947, Larry was the son of a career air force officer and did lots of traveling with his parents and five brothers.
When his father retired from Fairchild Air Force Base, the family stayed in Spokane Valley where Larry was educated and was a standout in baseball, basketball and tennis. Larry graduated from West Valley High School as Student Body President in 1965. He continued playing basketball at Eastern Washington State College and graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1969 when he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army. He served in Germany for two years where he was the physical security officer in charge of a nuclear weapons facility and later the Criminal investigations officer for the 3rd Armored Division.
Once out of the military, Larry went into education. After eight years of teaching at the junior high level in Washington and Idaho where he coached football, basketball, baseball and track, he moved to Coeur d’Alene High School in 1981 where he eventually became the head coach of girls’ softball in 1993. He then was named the head boy’s basketball coach in 1994. Bieber guided his slow pitch softball team to the last of 13 straight championships in 1993 and then the state switched to fast pitch in 1994.
Larry guided the Coeur d’Alene Vikings to 19 state tournaments in his 21 years, winning 5 state championships and 8 runners up. As the heads boy’s basketball coach and the head girls softball coach, Larry led both teams to the state championships in the same season in 1998. And though this was one of the best times ever, he credits winning the very first boy’s basketball game between Lake City and Coeur d’Alene as one of his proudest moments. His record in softball was 465-153 in fast pitch and 483-155 over-all.
Retiring after the 2015season, he just couldn’t stay away so he is helping the new head coach Darren Taylor this season. “Biebs” and his beautiful wife Eileen live across the street from the softball field and Coeur d’Alene High School and will always be “Viks Forever”