Previously, the cup was named after Dimitrious "Jimmie" Niotis Cup (D.J. Niotis Cup). The cup was first awarded to the 16-and-Under Boys national champion in 1976. Niotis was former president of the U.S. Soccer Foundation Youth Division (now US Youth Soccer). The D.J. Niotis Cup was renamed the Larry Harmon Cup in 2008 to recognize former Member at Large of the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors (2000-2007). Harmon has been involved in soccer for over 20 years. Harmon served as the Local Organizing Committee Chair for the 1996 US Youth Soccer National Championships and the 1988 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships. The former state president (Indiana, 1993-2000) was also on the Federation Board of Directors as a Youth Representative from 2000-2006.
Dr. Dimitrious "Jimmie" Niotis, the former President of the Youth Division of the United States Soccer Federation (now US Youth Soccer) was established in 1976. A World War Two veteran with the U.S. Navy, he served as the National Chairman of the Youth and School Promotion Committee of the United States Soccer Federation. Niotis was a life member of the Chicago National, and was also a member of the Pan-American Committee. He was named Man of the Year in 1973 by the Illinois High School soccer coaches association, and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1963.