As co-athletic director, Melinda Larson joined Tim Schoonveld in July 2014 in administering the college’s 20 varsity sports for men and women. She was also appointed associate professor of kinesiology.
Larson worked at Whitworth University in Washington, her alma mater, since 1995. She served as Whitworth’s interim director of athletics during the 2013-14 school year and oversaw the school’s 20-sport varsity program.
Larson graduated from Whitworth in 1992 with a degree in sports medicine. She received the M.A. in Health Education with an emphasis in exercise physiology from Florida International University in 1994.
Before becoming interim athletic director at Whitworth, Larson worked as Whitworth’s head athletic trainer for 10 years. In 2011, she was named the school’s Athletic Training Education Program Director.
As an athletic trainer, Larson specialized in mild traumatic brain injury and soccer injury epidemiology. As a professor, Larson’s specialty was in pathophysiology and therapeutic modalities. She received the National Athletic Trainers Association Outstanding Service Award in 2010.
Larson worked as an assistant athletic trainer and instructor at Whitworth from 1995-1999 and as an assistant athletic trainer and adjunct instructor at the University of Alabama Birmingham from 1994-1995.
Larson played varsity basketball at Whitworth before graduating in 1992.