Alabama swimming and diving head coach Margo Geer announced the addition of assistant coach Jake Larson on Friday. Larson joins the Crimson Tide from Miami University where he coached for four seasons before being promoted to associate head coach in 2022.
“I’m really excited to add Jake to our staff” Geer said. “I think he is a great fit for what we are trying to do here and will be valuable in building relationships and bringing talent to Tuscaloosa. He brings with him a plan for success both in the classroom and in the pool, and knows how to develop student-athletes into the best versions of themselves. We can’t wait for him, his wife Rachel and their son James to join us.”
While with the RedHawks, Larson served as the international recruiting coordinator and assisted with official and unofficial visits. He coached the middle distance stroke and individual medal groups for his first four years and was the sole oversight for all distance training last season.
Prior to serving as the associate head coach at Miami, Larson was a graduate assistant coach for St. Cloud State University (2016-18) where he worked with the sprint group. He also was an assistant swim coach at Wisconsin-La Crosse (2014-16), where he administered all workouts, strength training and dryland for the distance group. Additionally, he spent time as a camp coach at the Stanford University and Nike Sports Camps (2015, 2016).
“I am unbelievably thankful to Coach Margo and her staff for the opportunity to join the Alabama family,” Larson said. “Alabama has a notoriously high standard of achievement and excellence, and it’s an honor to be joining such a historic athletic department. I cannot wait to help contribute to the Crimson Tide’s future success! Roll Tide!”
Jake Larson Bio
- Helped lead Miami to four men’s Mid-American Conference Championship titles (2019, 2021, 2022, 2023)
- Coached 27 individual MAC champions, including the 2019 men’s MAC Swimmer of the Year
- Saw the RedHawks set a total of 46 men’s and women’s school records and 11 men’s and women’s MAC conference records
- With St. Cloud, assisted in coaching 10 swimmers to the NCAA Division II Championships and helped break nine school records
- Had 35 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) all-conference honorees and 11 NCAA Division III qualifiers at Wisconsin-La Crosse
- The St. Cloud women won the 2017 Northern Sun Intercollegiate conference championship while the Wisconsin-LaCrosse women won the 2015 and 2016 WIAC conference championship
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