Ripon native Charlie Larson stands in the Milwaukee Admirals’ locker room. He is the vice president of communications for the American Hockey League organization.
Ripon native Charlie Larson stands in the Milwaukee Admirals’ locker room. He is the vice president of communications for the American Hockey League organization.

   When Brad Alberts was scorching the nets for the Ripon College basketball team from 1988 to 1992, a young Charlie Larson hung around the court.

   “I was, for a lack of a better term, a gym rat because my dad [Ripon College tennis coaching legend Chuck] would be down at work and I didn’t have anything to do because I had two older sisters who didn’t want to play with me,” Larson said. “So I would go down to the gym and I’d play basketball or I’d watch basketball practice and I got to know Brad really well, or as well as a kid who’s 12 and an adult who’s 22 get to know each other.”

   Little did either know that their paths would cross again, this time in a different venue.

   Larson, who cemented a hall of fame career of his own at Ripon College playing tennis, and Alberts both work in the front office of hockey organizations.

   The idea to pursue such a job came while he was at Ripon.

Larson guides Admirals’ communication

   Following a college tennis career that saw him post a school record number of wins in both singles and doubles play, Charlie Larson took a job with the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals and eventually netted the position of vice president of communication. 

   The Admirals are a feeder team for the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators.

   Larson got his start with the organization as a member of the sales department in 2000, shortly after graduating from Ripon College.

Read the full story, which includes information on some ups and downs that Larson experienced, in the Nov. 1, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.