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Larson Named Director of Aquatics at Fork Union Military Academy
Posted 07/26/2017 03:53PM
Jon Larson has been named Fork Union Military Academy's Director of Aquatics, Director of Athletics Brooks Berry announced Tuesday afternoon. With over 28 years of coaching experience, Larson arrives at Fork Union after spending four years at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pa.
 
"We are excited to have Jon Larson join our team as Director of Aquatics and Head Swim Coach," said Berry. "As a former Division I collegiate swimmer and coach, Larson has the experience to help our swimmers achieve their goals in pool.  He has impeccable credentials as a USA swim coach and high school coach. Larson is a person who can build on our strong swimming legacy and grow the high school and post graduate program. As we went through a national search process, Larson's name kept coming up as we talked to college coaches, prep school coaches and FUMA alums involved in swimming.  We heard the same message repeatedly – Jon Larson is an outstanding coach, teacher, and person. He is a man who embodies FUMA's core values."
 
While leading the Freedom High School swimming program to several PIAA State Championships, Larson was also the CEO and head coach of the Emmaus Aquatic Club in Emmaus, Pa., since April of 2009. Larson was inducted in the Freedom High School Athletics Hall of Fame on January 13, 2017.
 
Prior to arriving in Bethlehem, Pa., Larson has worked with swimmers from elementary school age up through collegiate swimmers from the Pennsylvania area with the Big Cat Aquatics Club, a USA Swimming club team that serves youth within a 50-mile radius of the Penn State campus.
 
Prior to taking an assistant position at Penn State in 2006, a position he held for two years, Larson served as the McCoy Natatorium Pool Coordinator for 10 years in addition to his role as the head coach of Big Cat Aquatics. Among his duties were supervising the staff at McCoy, assisting in the scheduling of all events at the Natatorium, supervising all aquatic programs being held at McCoy, acting as the facility host for major competitions held at McCoy, and instructing exercise sport science classes along with at Penn State sports camps.
 
Prior to coming to the State College area, Larson served as head coach and program director of the Coronado Navy Swim Association in Coronado, Calif., from 1989-96. In this role, he was responsible for supervising a staff, various administrative duties, coordinating all training sessions for swimmers of all ability levels, and coordinating pool usage.
 
Larson was the Middle Atlantic Swimming Coach of the Year in 2005 and the head coach of the Middle Atlantic All-Star team from 1999-2000. He was also named Coach of the Year by the San Diego Swimming Coaches Association in 1992 and served as president of the San Diego Swimming Coaches' Association from 1992-93 while in Coronado.
 
Before heading to California, Larson was a student assistant coach at the University of Alabama after completing his eligibility there. He earned his undergraduate degree in Sports and Fitness Management in 1989 from Alabama.
 
He was a member of the swim team at Alabama for two years and swam at Arizona State for two years prior to that.
 
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