Edgewood College and the Eagles athletic department are saddened by the passing of former men’s basketball coach and athletic director Dr. G. Steven Larson. Larson, who also served as commissioner of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference as well as the former Lake Michigan Conference, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, December 28.
Larson was an Eagles Hall of Fame coach, leading the program for 20 years from 1986-2006. He is the all-time program leader with 362 wins, leading the Eagles to a winning season in each of his 20 years as a head coach. He guided the Eagles to six Lake Michigan Conference regular season titles, five CML tournament crowns and nine national tournament appearances. He has received eight District Coach of the Year honors and six LMC Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year honors.
Larson was also the Director of Athletics at Edgewood College and was responsible for the development of Edgewood College Athletics. He has been inducted into three Temples of Fame, including the Edgewood College Athletics Hall of Fame. Larson has also been inducted into the WBCA Hall of Fame and the Neenah-Menasha St. Mary Central Hall of Fame. He has impacted the lives of so many student-athletes during his many years of training and administration.
Larson received the WBCA Excellence Award in recognition of 500 combined prep and college victories and was honored with Distinguished Service (2012) and Service Appreciation (2015) by DIIICA. He was also the first women’s golf coach at Edgewood College, guiding the fledgling program through its first two seasons, which included winning an LMC title and securing another LMC Coach of the Year award.
From 2006, Larson was the founding commissioner of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, formerly the Northern Athletics Conference. He held this position until his retirement in July 2020.
Larson’s leadership guided the Lake Michigan Conference from NAIA status to NCAA Division III. He continued to play a vital leadership role in the formation of the NACC and continued to help the league grow throughout his tenure. The NACC now has 14 full-time members, making it one of the largest conferences in all of Division III.
âSteve will be forever remembered for the impact he had on the development of an intercollegiate athletics department at Edgewood College,â said the Eagles director of athletics, Al Brisack. âHis visions and those of Dr Jim Ebben laid the foundation for the successes we have had today. There is no doubt that Steve’s hard work and commitment has had a positive impact on every student-athlete at Edgewood College. The Eagle family’s thoughts and prayers go out to Deb and the whole Larson family. “
Larson’s obituary can be found here.