SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 13, 2006 – James N. Larson has been appointed interim head men’s cross country coach at Springfield College according to SC’s Director of Athletics, Dr. Cathie Schweitzer.
In making the announcement, Dr. Cathie Schweitzer said, “James is a welcome addition to our coaching staff. He brings an impressive resume as a coach and athlete to Springfield College.”
“I’m very excited to be given the chance to improve upon the successes of the men’s cross country team here at Springfield College,” Larson said. “As a former cross country athlete in the WIAC (Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), I am used to seeing teams continuously qualify for nationals, and I would like to see that same consistency here at SC. I know we have the talent to accomplish that here, and I am anxious to get started.”
Larson, who is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Physical Education here at Springfield College, is a December 2003 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His experience in the profession spans as the head cross country coach at Chippewa Falls McDonell High School in Chippewa Falls, Wisc. (2003), the assistant women’s track and field coach at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2003-2005), and the assistant women’s cross country and track and field coach last season here at SC.
Larson also brings a wealth of experience on the playing field to the Pride men’s cross country squad. While at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Larson was able to rack up numerous honors as a cross country and track and field athlete. From 1999-2001, Larson was an NCAA Midwest All-Region athlete in cross country and an NCAA Division III National Qualifier in cross country. In 2001, he earned NCAA Division III All-America honors in the sport of indoor track and field. Larson was also named to the WIAC All-Conference teams in cross country in 2000 and 2001.