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Dean of Sports, Recreation and Events and Golf Coach
Chris Larsen enters his third season as the head coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams.
In their second season, the Bobcat and Lady Cat teams played in four fall tournaments and four spring tournaments. They then closed out their season at the A.I.I. Conference Tournament in San Antonio, Texas, where the women’s team captured second place.
Throughout the year, Larsen was pleased to see much improvement in his young teams, and he is continuing build upon this growth as they head into the 2019-20 season.
Larsen is firmly committed to the mission and goals of the College. He is a servant-leader who has a great rapport with the student-athletes and conveys the values of hard work and strong character both on and off the course.
A College of the Ozarks alumnus, Larsen obtained his BS in 1992. He was a standout on the basketball court and holds a place in the school record books and Hall of Fame. Larsen received his M.S.Ed. from Southwest Missouri State University in 1997 and went on to obtain an Ed.D. from the University of Missouri in 2004.
Larsen also serves as the dean of sports, recreation and events for the College. He and his family reside in Point Lookout, Mo.
Golf Assistant Coach
Kim Vinton returns for her third season in the role of assistant coach.
Vinton is a University of Arizona alumnus, where she was a 4-year letter winner on the #1 nationally ranked women’s golf team. She was also a member of the Pac Ten All-Star team and inducted into the Arizona Hall of Fame.
Vinton comes to College of the Ozarks with a wealth of talent and experience. She has played golf professionally for 15 years all over the world, including 2 years living and playing in Japan. In addition, Vinton is a skilled and knowledgeable instructor of the game, having served as an assistant golf coach at the University of Arizona, coached the Women’s NCAA Golf Champions in 1996, taught at the Los Angeles and Ledgestone Country Clubs, and more.
Her love of golf and passion for teaching the game to others is evidenced daily through her hard work, positive attitude, and ever-present smile.