Coach Larios enters his second year at the helm of the Lions' cross country and track program. In just the program's first year of competition, the men's cross country team earned the 2011 Southern States Athletic Conference Runner-Up trophy, as well as the Champions of Character Award. The stellar first year program earned Larios his 10th NAIA region/conference Coach of the Year Award. In addition, the 2011 men's team also marked the 7th team Larios has coached that earned the coveted Champions of Character conference award.
Last year's track team also witnessed some fine performances, including the men's 4x800m relay team (Massey, Alexander, Riden, and Ayala) winning the NCCAA indoor championship event, in a near NCCAA indoor record. All in all, the young Lions earned multiple All-SSAC awards and NCCAA All-Americans.
Prior to starting up Emmanuel College's programs in 2011, Larios served as the head cross country and track and field coach at Montreat College. While at Montreat, Larios led the Lady Cavaliers from last-to-second place in the Appalachian Athletic Conference in just two short years. 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 Cross Country Runner of the Year award. 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.
Before serving Montreat College for nearly four years, Larios began his collegiate coaching career in 2000 at Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida. While at Warner, Larios also served as the Assistant Director of the Academic Skills Center and assistant English instructor.
In his first season at Warner University, Coach Larios 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. Larios' teams also garnered five track & field conference/regional titles. Within a short six year period, the Royals hit the national scene with two individual NAIA national outdoor track & field champions, and two individual national runner-ups. All in all, Larios' Royals earned 23 All-American accolades, 96 All-Conference and All-Region awards, and a final 13th place NAIA National Ranking at the 2003 cross country finals.
Voted NAIA region/conference XC/TF Coach of the Year 10 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 founder of the Cavalier Distance Running Camp in Montreat, North Carolina.
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. Immediately after 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 to multiple county and district titles, including one regional track championship.
Coach Larios and his wife Heather live in nearby Carnesville, Gorgia with their four children— Hannah, Emma, Sara, and Gabriel.
Coach Jose Larios is thrilled to announce the addition of Ben Hall as his assistant cross country and track coach. Hall comes from Montreat College where he graduated with a degree in Biology. He also spent all four years as a cross country and track athlete at Montreat, having run for Coach Larios for three and half years.
Hall had this to say about joining the Lion's athletic staff, "Running for Coach Larios was such a blessing to me. Coach's incorporation of the Christian faith and athletics, running in particular, makes for a great coaching philosophy. I'm very excited to be working with him and the rest of the Emmanuel College staff to encourage our athletes to run and compete for the glory of God first and foremost."
Ben is originally from Columbus, NC which is located at the foothills of the Western North Carolina mountains. Prior to running for Montreat, Ben earned All-State honors while competing for Polk County High School in cross country and track. While at Montreat, Hall developed into a consistent All-Conference runner in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. On the track, Ben earned the 5000 meter AAC Championship title in 2010. Hall also qualified to run at the cross country nationals three years in a row, while earning a trip to the NAIA Outdoor Track Championships all four years. Hall holds personal best marks of 15:11 for 5000 meters, 25:56 for 8000 meters, and a 2:35 in the marathon.
"Ben was a hard-working, character-driven student-athlete," praised Coach Larios. "He worked for every accolade he earned. When it came time to training, Ben's work ethic and mental toughness is as strong as any I've ever coached. And, as great of an athlete that he is, he's an even better person. He loves Jesus and serves at any opportunity with such an open and kind heart. I love this young man and I know he will add so much to our program as my assistant coach."
Hall graduated with honors from Montreat. He leaves Montreat College as one of the most decorated student-athletes having been honored as the Cavalier Athlete of the Year, as well as Montreat’s Champion of Character of the Year, and the Appalachian Athletic Conference Champion of Character of the Year. He qualified for the NAIA national championships seven different times and earned two top-20 spots in the national marathon event.
"I think Ben will bring a great national championship perspective to our team. He'll be able to help student-athletes realize that they too have what it takes to earn multiple trips to the championships. But most importantly, he will help demonstrate that using all our talents to glorify Christ is the most rewarding cornerstone of our program’s foundation," added Larios.
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|Bob Pollack Invitational|
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|NCCAA Outdoor Track Championships (May 2-4)|
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|SSAC Track Championship (Apr 26-27)|
|War Eagle Invitational (April 19-20)|
|Blue Shoes Invitational|
|Emmanuel at||3rd of 18|
|Embry-Riddle's Spikes Classic (Apr 5-7)|
|Emory Classic (March 29-30)|
|Yellow Jacket Invitational (Mar 29-30)|
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|Emory Track Invitational|
|Publix Half Marathon|
|NAIA National Championships (May 23-25)|