“Larios’ decision to serve Montreat College in this strategic administrative position of Director of Athletics will advance the future development of athletic programs, facilities, and recruitment initiatives,” said Dr. Flowers. “His Christ-centered heart for servant-leadership will be celebrated across the college community.”
Larios will assume Montreat’s Director of Athletics position on July 1st after serving as the Director of Athletics at Georgia’s Emmanuel College for the past two years. In addition to that position, Larios has a variety of administrative and coaching experience. He has been a coach, served as Sports Information Director, Assistant Director to the Academic Skills Center, and an English instructor. He has also served on a variety of academic, athletic, and conference committees, and has been the meet referee for the NAIA National Cross Country Championships. And from 2007-2011, Larios served as the head men’s and women’s cross country and track & field coach at Montreat College.
“The Larios family is thrilled to return to Montreat College,” said Larios. “This cove is incredibly special to us, as is our church family. We pray that we humbly serve this college community as we pursue to strengthen wholeheartedly its Christ-centered mission. I personally want to thank the coaching staff, the search committee, Dr. Flowers, and President Kirkland for this opportunity to once again serve the students of Montreat College.”
Over the past two years under Larios, Emmanuel College increased its number of Academic All-Conference scholars more than any other Southern States Athletic Conference member. The Lions concluded the 2013-14 academic year with 80 All-Academic Team members, the highest number in the Southern States Athletic Conference and a huge improvement from the school’s performance in 2011-12, when Emmanuel finished 13th in the conference with just 25 All-Academic Team members.
While serving as Montreat’s cross country and track & field coach from 2007-11, Larios led the women’s cross country team from last-to-second place in the Appalachian Athletic Conference in just two short years. In addition to winning the AAC runner-up trophy, Montreat runners qualified to run at the NAIA Cross Country Championships eight different times, including a program-best five individual qualifiers in 2008, 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 near NAIA All-American honor as a 7th place finisher in the marathon at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2009. The Cavaliers also won the distinguished conference’s Champions of Character team award three different times under Larios.
Jose and his wife Heather have four children: Hanna (11), Emma (9), Sara (7) and Gabriel (3).