Carnegie Mellon University named Ryan Larsen as its new head football coach on February 3, 2022. A 13-year coaching veteran, Larsen comes to Carnegie Mellon from Columbia University, where he served as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator for the past three years. Larsen, who has achieved offensive success at every one of his coaching experiences, has also worked at Stevenson University, Rhodes College, Wabash College and Indiana University.
Larsen will lead a Carnegie Mellon program that went 8-2 during the 2021 season, won the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) championship and advanced to its first NCAA playoff berth since 2006. He will take the reins from Rich Lackner, who retired following the season after 36 years as head coach.
In 2021, Larsen helped lead Columbia to a 7-3 record, its third-highest win total since joining the Ivy League in 1956. On their way to seven wins, the Lions were the only Ivy team to beat Dartmouth. Larsen mentored a quarterback who was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and became the first Lions’ quarterback to earn a postseason award since 1982.
As offensive coordinator at Stevenson, Larsen helped lead the program to four postseason appearances, a 32-12 overall record during his four-year tenure and a No. 12 national ranking in 2016. Larsen coached at Rhodes from 2012-2015 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2014. He helped the program to a 22-7 overall mark during his tenure. In 2011, he was wide receivers coach for a Wabash program that went 12-1 and reached the NCAA Quarterfinals. He spent two seasons on the staff at Indiana University from 2009-11.
A two-year starter at quarterback at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS), Larsen earned a degree in literature and leadership studies from Claremont McKenna. He was the recipient of the 2009 Dickinson Student-Athlete Award for leadership, academic achievement, sportsmanship and services to the CMS Athletics Department. In 2010, he graduated with a master’s degree in athletic administration from Indiana.
A Chicago, Ill. native, Larsen and his wife Megan have two daughters, Charlotte and Ellis.