Head Coach Garrick Larson  

Garrick Larson

Men's Cross Country
Head Coach
Alma Mater:

St. Olaf '91
Phone: 218-299-4304
E-mail: gzlarson@cord.edu

Garrick Larson
is in his 14th season as head coach of the Concordia men's track and field team. He was hired as coach in September of 2003. He also serves as the school's head coach for men's cross country.

In his first four years as men's track and field coach Larson coached five All-Americans and nine National Qualifiers, including the 1995 Indoor Shot Put National Champion, the 1995 Outdoor Discus National Champion, and the 4th Place 1995 Indoor 4 x 400 Meter Relay. 1997 was Garrick's first season as the Men's Cross Country coach.

Larson has a diverse background within track and field. With the exception of the 3000 Meter Steeplechase and the Hammer, Garrick has competed in every event in track and field. As a student-athlete at St. Olaf College he competed in the Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Javelin, and Decathlon earning 20 All-Conference Honors, 3 Conference Titles, and 2 trips to the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships. Larson still holds the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Record in the Javelin.

Larson was named the Concordia men's cross country head coach in 1997. Since that time he has coached a variety of MIAC All-Conference award-winners. In 2004 he helped guide Nick Myran ('05, Kenyon, Minn.) to All-Conference and All-Region honors and a spot in the 2004 NCAA Division III National Meet.

In 1999 he was named the MIAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year.

After completing a Biology degree at St. Olaf College in 1991, Garrick went on to graduate school at the University of Minnesota, specializing in Kinesiology. He is a Licensed Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Certified Level I and Level II USA Track and Field Coach. Currently, in addition to his coaching duties, Larson works as an Instructor in the Department of Physical Education and Health.

Garrick lives in Moorhead with his wife Mary, who also works at Concordia. They have two children, Mathias and Greta.