Walla Walla University Names New Athletic Director
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. 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 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 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. Larson will continue to assist the university in the area of recruiting.
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.
Farewell from Coach Tim Windemuth, Athletic Director, Walla Walla University (1983-2013)
Since I am 63 years old and have spent the last 30 at Walla Walla University, I can say with assurance that my time here is a big part of my life. Cheri and I have enjoyed Walla Walla in so many ways that this school has a permanent imprint on our hearts and minds. I have had the privilege to work for eight presidents and they have all been outstanding individuals. I cannot say enough good about the Health and Physical Education staff, Alumni, current student athletes, and all the coaches I have worked with. I value your friendship and only wish you the best.
It has been my honor to develop a Christ-centered athletic program at WWU. The Lord has answered multiple prayers and blessed our school with many new athletic facilities over the years. But the people that I have worked or coached with hold a special place in my heart. God is good; I cannot thank Him enough for the opportunity to serve at Walla Walla University. I want to thank each one of you for your friendship. I am sorry for the times that I have fallen short and am eternally grateful for all the rewarding times that we have enjoyed together. As I leave this place, the one and foremost wish I have for each one is for Jesus Christ to be your best friend.
May God continue to bless you.
Your friend forever,
P.S. Come and visit Cheri and me on Silver Lake.
Let there be light
The lights are up and the power is connected for the new lights on the soccer field. We look forward to utilizing our newly lit field come fall.
Last update on October 22, 2013