Stephen Karari Larkin was born on July 24, 1973, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Cincinnati’s Archbishop Moeller High School in 1991, where he played football and baseball. Larkin went on to play baseball at the University of Texas from 1992-1994, and played twice in the College World Baseball Series. Larkin was originally selected by The Texas Rangers in the 10th round of the June 1994 free agent draft and was later traded to the Cincinnati Reds in August of 1995.
His brothers had successful careers in athletics as well. Michael played football at Notre Dame, Byron played basketball at Xavier University and Barry, a 3-year Gold Glove winner, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.
Stephen Larkin now spends time as a hitting/outfield and infield coach for Major League Baseball International and The Prospect League in the United States. He volunteers his time teaching and giving lessons at the Reds Urban Youth Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio. Larkin has recently been named the manager for the newest team in the Prospect League, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He resides in Cincinnati during the off season.