Jose Larios
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Jose Larios
Head Coach
1st Season

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. 

2011 Men's Cross Country Roster
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrev. School
Ethan AlexanderFR  Elberton, GAElbert Co. HS
Leonel AyalaFR  Atlanta, GACross Keys HS
Curtis AyersFR  Carnesville, GAAthens Christian HS
Chris BaileyFR  Palm Coast, FLMatanza HS
Josh BrannenSO  Lavonia, GANorth GA Tech.
Eddie BurdenFR  Oconee, GAWashington Co. HS
Arturo ChavezJR  Charlotte, NCMontreat College
Austin DoveFR  Hartwell, GAHart Co. HS
Ben EavensonFR  Carnesville, GAFranklin Co. HS
Jonah HolbertSO  Hiram, GAHiram HS
Mitchael Jenkins*FR  Greenville, SCGreenville HS
Carson MasseyFR  Sandersville, GAWashington Co. HS
Ben MoonJR  Danielsville, GAAthens Christian
Andrew MurphyFR  Lavonia, GAFranklin Co. HS
David RogersFR  Cleveland, GAWhite Co. HS
Ryan RosburyFR  Royston, GAFranklin Co. HS
Dandre Smalley*FR  Augusta, GAWestside HS
Phillip StewartFR  McDonough, GAUnion Grove HS
Rashaun TannerFR  Tennille, GAWashington Co. HS
Brandon WardFR  Cleveland, GAWhite Co. HS
Phil WhalenFR  Palm Coast, FLMatanza HS
Josh WheelerFR  Crawford, GAOglethorpe Co. HS
Travis YoderJR  Polk County, NCMontreat College
* Redshirt
Jose Larios - Head Coach - 1st season
Ben Hall - Assistant Coach - 1st season