Montreat College
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Jose Larios
Head Coach
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Larios begins his second year at Montreat as Head Coach of Cross Country and Track & Field.  Larios comes to Montreat College after six years as the Director of Track & Field Operations at Warner Southern College.  Larios also served as the Head Cross Country Coach, along with Assistant Director of the Academic Skills Center and assistant college instructor.
A native of Frostproof, Florida, Larios excelled in a variety of sports.  It was distance running however that led Larios to Warner Southern College as a cross country runner.  From 1993 to 1997, Larios was instrumental in WSC's two consecutive Florida Sun Conference titles and back-to-back NAIA National Cross Country Championship appearances.  Upon earning his bachelors in English and Secondary Education, he began his coaching passion as an assistant coach with Lake Wales High School's cross country and track programs, ultimately being named Head Coach of the Highlanders in 1998.  From '98 to '00 Coach Larios led the Highlanders of Lake Wales to county, district, and regional championships. 

In 2000, Larios began his coaching assignment at Warner Southern College and immediately led the Runnin' Royals to a worst-to-first Florida Sun Conference Cross Country Championship, the first of four consecutive conference and NAIA Region XIV Championships.  The Lady Royals also earned three consecutive cross country titles of their own.  Larios' teams also garnered five track & field conference/regional titles.  Within a short six year period, the Royals hit the national scene; Coach Larios' teams produced two NAIA National Outdoor individual titles and two national runner-ups.  All in all, Larios' teams earned 23 All-American accolades, 96 All-Conference and All-Region awards, and earned a final 13th place NAIA National Ranking at the 2003 cross country finals. 
Voted NAIA Region Coach of the Year nine times, Larios also earned one of the NAIA's National MONDO Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors, when his men's team unexpectedly finished 13th at the cross country finals.

Jose Larios and his wife Heather currently reside in Marion, North Carolina with their three children, Hannah (5), Emma (3), and Sara (1). 

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Buck Dawson
Assistant Coach
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Coach Dawson is one of the most elusively successful cross country coaches in the country.  He's successfully coached in four different decades, beginning his collegiate coaching at West Virginia State in 1967.  He has been inducted into the West Virginia State Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as Morehead State University's Hall of Fame, where he went on to lead his track teams to OVC titles.  For his contributions to track & field, MSU went on to rename its track facility in Dawson's honor. 
In addition, he went on to start a cross country program at Warner Southern College in 1993, taking those teams to multiple national championships.  He recently retired from Florida Southern College, where his teams won ten consecutive conference titles and competed at the NCAA championships numerous times.  He is also a member of the FSC Athletic Hall of Fame.  Coach Dawson gives God and his supporting wife, Roberta, all the credit for his coaching success. 
Coach Dawson's Accolades

Born in Bradshaw, West Virginia.  Dawson graduated from high school in Coal Grove, Ohio where he was a four-sport athlete in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field.  He was recruited by Woody Hayes to play football at Ohio State, but transferred to Morehead State after one season with the Buckeyes.

1960- Graduates from Morehead State in Kentucky.Played football and baseball.

1961- Named Head Track and Field Coach and Assistant Football Coach at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky.  Wins two state championships and tied for a third.

1964- Named Head Football Coach and Head Track and Field Coach at Millersburg Military Institute in Kentucky. Coaches football team to a combined 26-5 record. Wins 1966 State Championship in Track and Field.

1964- Commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel.

1965- Earns Master's degree from Georgetown (KY) College.

1967- Named Assistant Football Coach at West Virginia State College.

1968- Named WVSC Head Track and Field Coach.Wins five straight conference titles.

1973- Named Head Track and Field/Cross Country Coach at Morehead State.

1974- Named Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year.

1974- Named to West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's all-time coaches list to mark the league's 50th anniversary.

1977- Led Morehead State to the OVC Indoor Track and Field championship.The track at Morehead State was name the A.L. "Buck" Dawson Track.

1979- Came to Florida and taught at several schools in Polk County. Coached former Gator All-American and Olympian, Keith Brantley.

1991- Named Head Cross Country Coach at Warner Southern College.

1993- Named Florida Sun Conference Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year.

1993- Named Florida Sun Conference Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year.

1995- Named Head Cross Country Coach at Florida Southern College.

2001- Inducted into the West Virginia State College Hall of Fame.

2001- Inducted into the Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame.

2006- Inducted into the Florida Southern College Athletic Hall of Fame.

2007- Retired from head coaching at Florida Southern, remained as assistant coach.Under Dawson, FSC Men's Team's won or shared 11 conference titles; earned three trips to the NCAA Division II Championships. FSC Women's Teams won 6 conference titles.  With three trips to the NCAA Division II Championships.  Named Conference Men's Coach of the Year 10 times.  Named Conference Women's Coach of the Year 6 times.

2007- Named SSC's Honorary Coach of the Silver Anniversary Team.

2008- Inducted into the Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame.

2008- Inducted into the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame (Lakeland, FL).

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