Larry Bielat graduated from Michigan State University in 1960, lettering three years as a quarterback, and began coaching high school football in Detroit and Chicago. He moved up to coaching college football in Colorado, New Mexico, Pittsburgh, and at Michigan State University. Bielat was sports director at KOAT TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and, as assistant alumni director at MSU, did the color commentary for Spartan Football. Bielat has been an international motivational speaker and is the author of six books. Bielat and Lois, his wife of fifty-eight years, were both born in Michigan. They have four children and eleven grandchildren and now live in Wexford, Pennsylvania.