Coach Jose Larios is the Athletic Director at Montreat College. Previously the Athletic Director and Head XC/Track Coach at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA, Larios handed the reins over to Coach Ben Hall and has returned to Montreat. Prior to starting Emmanuel's XC and Track program, Larios spent nearly four seasons at Montreat College where he established the Cavalier Distance Running Camp.
The 2011 inaugural season for Emmanuel witnessed the Lions win the men's SSAC Runner-up trophy, as well as claiming three All-SSAC individual awards, as well as a Freshman of the Year Award. The Lions also claimed the honorary Champions of Character team award as well as earning 8 NCCAA All-American accolades, including the 2012 NCCAA indoor national championship 4x800m relay team.
Coach Larios enjoys developing a variety of distance running talent and has been considered a great communicator and motivator by many of his athletes and assistant coaches. Larios has a decade of Christian college coaching experience, starting at his alma mater, Warner University.
While at Warner University for six years, Larios' teams earned multiple conference and regional track and cross country championships. He's been named an NAIA Regional/Conference Coach of the Year 10 different times, including the 2003 NAIA Southeast Regional Cross Country Coach of the Year. Coach Larios has coached seven different teams that have earned the coveted Champions of Character Award.
Larios' training philosophy is simplistic, yet progressive and specific to the race's demands. During his leadership, Warner's Runnin' Royals produced two national champions, two national runner ups, and 23 All-American accolades, including numerous cross country, indoor, and outdoor track national qualifiers. His teams have always been very active in the community, giving time to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, serving the elderly, and other church related functions.
In less than four years at the helm of Montreat's programs, Larios' teams made a mark on the AAC and the national level; the Cavaliers qualified athletes for the NAIA cross country and track championships sixteen different times. In the spring of 2008, Montreat College brought home two Top-20 finishes in the marathon championships when Ben Hall (2:38:53) and Arilicia Adkins (3:23:43) made school history by becoming the first two Cavaliers to successfully compete at the NAIA Track & Field Championships. The 2009 track championships witnessed a top-10 performance in the marathon by Talisa Bishop, nearly earning All-American status with her school record 3:19:10. Her 7th place finish made Cavalier track & field history by giving Montreat College it's first two points at the NAIA track championships.
Coach Larios and his wife Heather enjoy building relationships with student-athletes by attending church together and providing fellowship opportunities at the Larios' home many times throughout the season. They live in Black Mountain, NC with their four children, Hannah, Emma, Sara, and Gabriel.
Coach Larios had this to say about the Montreat College Running Camp:
"This camp is really special to many of us that watched it grow from day one. Our mission is very clear: 'This camp has the potential to have eternal implications. We want to share the Gospel by using this fun and exciting platform.' That's the reason we started it, and that's the reason we keep doing it- plain and simple. And, I'm certain that's why it continues to grow each year..."
Coach Jason Lewkowicz is currently the Director of Cross Country/Track & Field at Montreat College. Coach Lewkowicz has a tremendous testimony and has a passion for using athletics as a means of sharing the Gospel and discipling young people.
Coach Lewkowicz has been instrumental in the development and growth of the Cavalier Distance Camp since its inception and, after serving as the camp's worship leader for the past eight years, now assumes the role of directing the camp.
Coach Lewkowicz just completed his second year directing the Cavaliers' XC/TF program. Despite one of the youngest rosters in the AAC, the cross country men earned a runner-up finish at the 2016 AAC XC Championships while sending Brien Lancaster to the NAIA XC National Championships. In addition, the program set 41 school records during the track season and Lydia Wilson became the first Cavalier to earn All-American honors, doing so in the Mile during the indoor track season. The Cavaliers would also have three student-athletes qualify for the 2017 Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.
Lewkowicz joined the Montreat College staff in June 2015 after spending the past four years at EMU, where he has grown a team of less than ten team members to a full roster of 55 student-athletes. He coached ten NCAA national qualifiers at EMU, including a 2015 NCAA Track & Field All-Americans in the indoor mile and outdoor 1500m. In addition, EMU runners earned 2014-2015 NCAA South/Southeast Runner of the Year accolades in both Women's Indoor and Outdoor track & field. Coach Lewkowicz took a cross country program that did not field a full team the year prior to his arrival and grew them into top-10 NCAA region teams. EMU's 2014 XC teams both earned runner-up finishes at the 2014 ODAC Championships and, after earning a pair of top-8 NCAA region finishes, sent a school record three competitors to the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships, including the men's South/Southeast Region champion and Runner of the Year. On the track the EMU program has also earned numerous top-10 region finishes for both teams and has broken numerous school records in the process. The EMU track team wrapped up the 2015 outdoor regular season by winning nine individual titles and earning the programs their top conference finish in eight years. For those efforts, Lewkowicz was honored as the 2015 ODAC Women's Coach of the Year.
Prior to taking over the EMU program, Lewkowicz served in the same capacity at Hannibal-LaGrange Unviersity for three years. Lewkowicz' HLGU team qualified five student-athletes to the 2011 NAIA Indoor Championships which was the most in school history and that group included a national runner-up and HLG’s first ever All-American in the 60m Hurdles. During the outdoor season, his team qualified six athletes for the national championships and produced two All-Americans (110m Hurdles and Pole Vault), again, the first track All-American accolades in school history. During the 2011 Outdoor track & field season, his Lady Trojans claimed the school's first American Midwest Conference Championship. For that accomplishment, Coach Lewkowicz was named the 2011 AMC Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year.
Prior to HLGU, Lewkowicz began his collegiate coaching career at UVA-Wise, where he led the Cavaliers to one of its best performances in the NAIA Region XII cross country meet in 2007 while qualifying an athlete to the 2007 NAIA Cross Country National Championships. In ten years of coaching, Lewkowicz has produced over 130 All-Conference performers, 32 National Qualifiers, and over 30 NAIA/NCAA Scholar Athletes.
Coach Larios believes there are very few coaches in the country that possess Coach Lewkowicz's passion and desire to learn and grow as a man, husband, father, and coach for the glory of God. Coach Lewkowicz, along with his wife Wendy and four sons (Noah, Eli, Asher & Miles) live in nearby Black Mountain.
Coach Lewkowicz's words on why he and his family serve at the CDC:
"This camp has always meant so much to my family and me and I am excited and grateful to now oversee this camp. The atmosphere during camp week is one-of-a-kind and the campers who attend get the best of all worlds...a beautiful training environment, a talented and knowledgeable coaching staff, and an environment that allows for spiritual growth as we learn alongside one another what it means to honor Christ through our lives and with running."