Family Ties Take 2nd Cobber
Men's Soccer Coach - Joe Larson Resigns as Coach.
MOORHEAD-- For the second
consecutive year, the Concordia men's soccer coach is resigning due to
increased family commitments. Joe Larson officially announced his resignation
on Thursday, citing his need to devote more time to his wife and recently-born
triplets. Last year longtime coach Jim Cella stepped down to spend more
time with his family and concentrate on his job as the school's sports
Larson, who guided the Cobbers
to a 2-13-3 record in 2004, joined the Concordia staff after spending three
seasons as the assistant coach at Liberty University, a NCAA Division I
program in Lynchburg, Va. He stated that he felt unable to give the players
and the program the time and effort the job deserved, and wanted to devote
his time to his wife and children.
Concordia College athletics
director Dr. Larry Papenfuss commented, "We are very sorry to see Joe leave
Concordia. He was very good for the players and the program and was a very
good role model. We also understand that his commitment to his family takes
precedence over his job as head coach.
Larson, originally from Fargo,
N.D., played his collegiate soccer at Liberty. He was the team's starting
goalkeeper for four years, during which time he led the squad in goals
against average, wins and shutouts.
After graduating from Liberty
in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in Sports Management, Larson went to California
to train under nationally-renowned soccer coach Ziggy Zigante. He then
tried out for a professional team in Sweden before returning to the United
States to play for the El Paso Patriots of the A-League. While playing
for the Patriots, Larson moved to Phoenix, Ariz. in the off-season to coach
in the Sereno Club, one of the premiere club programs in the nation. After
playing for the Patriots for one season, he then moved to Virginia in 2001
to play for the Virginia Beach Mariners - also of the A-League.
Larson grew up in Fargo,
where he played high school soccer at Fargo South. He played on the varsity
team at South from 1991-93, and was part of a team that won three North
Dakota state titles.
The process to start the
search for a new men's soccer coach will begin in the next few weeks.