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