In January of 2016, Dan Larson was named the 16th football coach in program history.
Dan Larson was previously the offensive coordinator at NCAA Division II University of Minnesota-Duluth where his offensive unit that has ranked among the top 10 NCAA II teams in time of possession (fifth in 2014 and third in 2013) and rushing offense (eighth in 2014 and ninth in 2013). Five of his players also went on to attain All-American status.
Prior to joining the UMD staff, Larson was Macalester College's offensive coordinator. Under Larson’s watch, the Scots set school records for both scoring (34.2 points per game) and passing yards (215.1 ypg) in 2012 while going 6-4 on the year. Two years earlier, Macalester rolled up a program-best 423.2 yards of total offense per game and had the unique distinction of averaging over 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing during the course of the season.
The Baldwin, Wis. native worked as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Colgate University, from 2006 to 2007. During his final year with the Red Raiders, he tutored running back Jordan Scott, the 2007 FBS (NCAA IAA) national rushing yardage leader.
Larson began his collegiate coaching career at Marietta College (Ohio), where he spent a pair of seasons (2003-04) as the Pioneers’ strength and conditioning coach in addition to overseeing the running backs and punters. In 2005, he relocated to the University of Wisconsin-Stout football program and oversaw the Blue Devil wide receivers and special team units.
Larson was a three-year starter on the defensive line at UW-Eau Claire and, as a senior in 2002, captained the Blugolds while attaining All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) recognition.
Larson earned a B.A. degree in mass communications/public relations from Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2003 and a Master’s degree in education from Marietta College two years later. He and his wife, Erin, have one daughter, Stella and one son, Oliver.