Walla Walla University Names New Athletic Director

Former WWU Coach and Assistant A.D. To Lead Program

Gerry Larson

A 1995 Walla Walla University graduate will serve as the university’s new athletic director, Gerry Larson, currently a WWU recruiter, begins his duties on July 1. Larson is replacing Tim Windemuth, who is retiring this June after 30 years in this position.

Larson will oversee the school’s varsity sports program. The program currently has women’s teams in softball, volleyball, and basketball, and men’s teams in soccer and basketball. An average of 80 students participate in the varsity athletics program every year. WWU is an independent member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

In addition to overseeing athletics, Larson will teach classes for the Health and Physical Education Department. 

Larson has previously worked for the department as a contract teacher and also for the university’s athletic program. Larson has served as assistant athletic director and has also been men’s head basketball coach and women’s assistant basketball coach.

Larson joined the full-time staff of WWU in 2011, when he was hired as a recruiter in marketing and enrollment services. For the past two years, he has primarily recruited students in southern California and Montana.

Before moving to the Walla Walla Valley, Larson was an elementary and secondary school teacher in California. From 1999 to 2004, he was the physical education teacher at Loma Linda Elementary School in Loma Linda, Calif. At Loma Linda Academy Junior High School, where he taught from 1997 to 1999, he was a religion, earth science, and physical science teacher. He was also the school’s basketball coach.

Larson graduated from WWU with a major in physical education. He will complete a master’s degree program through the University of Idaho this fall.

Larson and his wife, Lauri, a 1996 WWU graduate, have four daughters.

Published June 11, 2013.

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