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In his seven seasons at Utah State, DuBose is the second-winningest volleyball coach in school history with a 113-98 (.536) record, including a 63-49 (.563) Western Athletic Conference mark.
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At USU, Larsen is the Aggies' recruiting coordinator, in addition to being in charge of the team's defensive scouting and statistical analysis and analytics.
Under Larsen's mentoring, the Aggie blocking attack has been in the top 10 of the NCAA and led its conference in three of the last four years. In 2012, USU ranked ninth in the nation with 3.00 blocks per set.
Individually, redshirt-freshman middle blocker Elle Brainard ranked 20th in the country in blocking (1.41 bps) in 2012, while sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff ranked 30th in the nation in blocking (1.33 bps). Brainard was named the WAC's Freshman of the Year and to the league's all-freshman team. Both Brainard and VanHoff earned second-team all-WAC honors. In 2013, Brainard earned all-Mountain West honors, while VanHoff ranked 36th in the NCAA in blocks per set (1.3 bps).
Larsen came to Utah State after spending the 2010 season at Missouri State where the Bears had a 20-10 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the last eight years. While at Missouri State, Larsen helped four of its student-athletes earn all-Missouri Valley Conference honors in addition to one earning American Volleyball Coaches Association honorable mention All-American honors.
Prior to his stint at Missouri State, Larsen spent three seasons (2007-09) as an assistant at Southeast Missouri State, helping transform the Redhawks into one of the top defensive teams in the nation. In 2008, SEMO ranked 14th nationally in digs per set followed by a second-place national ranking in 2009 with a 19.29 average.
Larsen began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Utah Valley University and served as head coach at Brighton High School in Sandy, Utah. In 2006, Larsen guided Brighton to a 30-1 record, the Utah 5A state championship and a No. 9 national ranking according to PrepVolleyball.com. Following the 2006 season, Larsen was named the Utah Coach of the Year from the Salt Lake Tribune. Brighton compiled a 78-5 record in Larsen's three seasons as head coach.
In addition, he coached at the Summit Volleyball Club for three years, which ranked No. 15 in the nation (PrepVolleyball.com) in 2006.
Larsen competed for four seasons and lettered two years as a setter/libero at Brigham Young University. He was a member of the 2001 NCAA Division I and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship teams. Larsen received his undergraduate degree in sociology at BYU in 2006.
Larsen and his wife, Casie, have two sons, Brock (6) and Tate (3).
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