Steven Cherry is a well-recognized antitrust attorney. His practice encompasses some of the largest and most complex cartel investigations and litigation in history, as well as negotiating one of the lowest criminal antitrust fines ever seen in US court history and representing clients through complex leniency/amnesty applications.
Cherry almost didn’t make it to Michigan State due to an ankle injury he experienced prior to the season, but Tom Izzo encouraged him not to quit and instead enroll at MSU.
Early Life and Education
Steve Cherry grew up in Calverton, England surrounded by coal miners. His family expected that he’d follow in their footsteps and work in a mine; but Cherry had other ideas.
Beginning his MSU career as a walk-on reserve for coach Tom Izzo’s 2000 championship team, he played the last 25.3 seconds in MSU’s 114-63 victory against Florida in the national title game.
Cherry went on to play for UT-Chattanooga, helping the Mocs win the 2005 Southern Conference Tournament Championship and qualify for NCAA competition. Additionally, he served as volunteer assistant coach under former head coach Eddie Barnes at Tallahassee Community College for three seasons.
Later he worked as marketing manager at Amway and has participated in multiple antitrust investigations and litigation for the company, such as cases concerning generic pharmaceuticals, auto parts, flash memory storage devices and TFT-LCD flat panels.
Cherry’s firm is widely respected for their work in molecular imaging using positron emission tomography (PET), developing technologies which are used globally. His client list ranges from individuals and small businesses all the way up to multinational corporations.
As a schoolboy, he signed for Derby County as a youth team player. Over two seasons with them he won several caps for England Junior team before graduating to senior side on professional contract and making 77 appearances – including loan stints at Port Vale.
Later on he played for Walsall and Plymouth Argyle – winning their Player of the Year award – before having brief spells at Rotherham United, Kettering Town, Rushden & Diamonds and Gainsborough Trinity as well as Stalybridge Celtic, Kidsgrove Athletic and Belper Town.
Achievement and Honors
Cherry was a teacher, basketball coach and principal for thirty years in Lincoln County, North Carolina. Throughout that time he wrote extensively on school desegregation from both coach and principal perspectives – detailing the challenges associated with integrating schools and athletic teams.
Cherry first joined Port Vale on loan in November 1980 after John McGrath sold Trevor Dance as regular goalkeeper, when manager John McGrath sold Trevor Dance’s contract. Cherry played four Fourth Division and four FA Cup matches before leaving for more permanent employment elsewhere.
After leaving the Baseball Ground in August 1984, he joined Walsall and helped them finish 11th in the Third Division in his inaugural season at Fellows Park. From there, he transferred to Plymouth Argyle where he became part of their Third Division play-off winning sides in 1989/90 and 1991/92 under manager Neil Warnock and played in both play-off finals.
Steve Cherry almost missed out on Division I college basketball after injuring his ankle the summer before his senior year at Coldwater High School, but thanks to Izzo, was granted a walk-on position at Michigan State.
He made 23 league and cup appearances for the Millers between 1995-96 and 1996-97, helping them secure promotion out of the Second Division both times. In addition, he played non-league for Kidsgrove Athletic, Stalybridge Celtic and Belper Town.
He found great enjoyment working on his cattle farm and hosting cookouts with friends in his free time, along with traveling and spending time with family. A member of His Vision Ministries in Tarboro, he treasured serving His Church Family and loved serving the community he lived in before peacefully passing away in his sleep on August 9, 2021.
Cherry is well known for his strong opinions and provocative statements on political policy issues, especially regarding hockey. He supports a hard “Canadian” style of hockey that emphasizes physical play with strict codes of conduct among players; Cherry has also spoken out against recent trends within the National Hockey League toward decreasing fighting and other physical aspects of play.
Rose Cherry died of liver cancer in 1997 and inspired his charity Rose Cherry’s Home for Kids, while they shared three children together. An estimated net worth between $1 and $10 Million can be estimated – this wealth was earned primarily as a soccer player but secondary income sources include coaching television shows such as Coach’s Corner.