Wed, Dec. 1, 2010 - [Track & Field M&W]
Emmanuel College is excited to announce that it will add the
sports of men's and women's cross country and track & field!
Recruiting for the Lions' cross country and track teams will
begin immediately. Coach Jose Larios has
been selected to start both programs next fall.
Coach Larios had this to say about joining the Emmanuel
family, "I'm thrilled to be a part of Emmanuel's coaching staff. I
believe the mission and direction of this department is very intentional.
I hope the Larios family can add to the ministry that is being done here.
This is a great conference and I'm excited to start recruiting to establish a
competitive, Christ-centered program."
Coach Jose Larios comes to
Emmanuel College after recently serving as the head coach of cross country and
track and field at Montreat College. In four seasons, Larios led the Lady
Cavaliers from last-to-second place in the Appalachian Athletic
Conference. Along with the AAC runner-up trophy, Montreat runners
qualified to run at the NAIA Cross Country Championships eight different times,
as well as eight outdoor track and field national qualifiers, including a male
AAC Runner of the Year award. Most recently, Larios coached Montreat College's
Talisa Bishop to a top ten finish in the NAIA Marathon Championships in 2009
(7th place). The Cavaliers also won the distinguished Champions of Character
team award three different times.
Prior to Montreat College, Larios served as the head cross country and track
coach at Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida. While at Warner, he
also served as the Assistant Director of the Academic Skills Center and
assistant English instructor.
A native of Frostproof, Florida, Coach Larios excelled in a variety of sports.
It was distance running however that led Larios to Warner University as a cross
country runner. From 1993 to 1997, Larios was instrumental in Warner's
two consecutive Florida Sun Conference titles and back-to-back NAIA National
Cross Country Championship appearances. Upon earning his bachelor's
degree in English and Secondary Education, he began his coaching career as an
assistant coach with Lake Wales High School's cross country and track programs,
ultimately being named the head coach of the Highlanders in 1997. From
'97 to '00, Coach Larios led the Highlanders of Lake Wales to county, district,
and a regional championship.
In 2000, Larios began coaching at Warner University and immediately led the
Runnin' Royals to a worst-to-first Florida Sun Conference Cross Country
Championship, the first of four consecutive conference and NAIA Region XIV
titles. The Lady Royals also earned three consecutive cross country
titles of their own. The Royals also garnered five track & field conference/regional
titles. Within a short six year period, the Royals hit the national scene
by producing two NAIA national outdoor track & field champions and two
national runner-ups. All in all, Larios' Runnin' Royals earned 23 All-American
accolades, 96 All-Conference and All-Region awards, and earned a final 13th
place NAIA National Ranking at the 2003 cross country finals.
Voted NAIA Region XC/TF Coach of the Year nine different times, Larios also
earned one of the NAIA's National MONDO Southeast Region Coach of the Year
honors in 2003. He also holds a USATF level I certification and is the
director of the Cavalier Distance Running Camp in Montreat, North Carolina.
and his wife Heather have three daughters, Hannah (7), Emma (5), and Sara (3);
they are expecting a son in March.