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Larson, Gordon Memorial Fund
Established in 2005 by family and friends, The Gordon Larson Memorial Fund honors the memory of Gordon K. Larson, respected coach, Athletic Director, and friend to so many during his lifetime as a member of the Akron community. An Akron native and graduate of South High School, Gordon Larson coached the Zips football program from 1961-1972, compiling a career record of 74-33-5. His .683 win percentage is the best in school history. Gordon Larson was named the Athletic Director at The University of Akron in 1970 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1985. As Athletic Director, he guided the Zips from the NCAA College Division to NCAA Division II and ultimately to NCAA Division I status. His vision and leadership were instrumental in a rapid expansion of physical facilities and the emergence of women’s sports.
The recipient of The Gordon Larson Memorial Fund must be eligible to compete as a first-year freshman football student-athlete under NCAA rules and be a person of integrity, willing to uphold the Larson legacy. The head football coach will have full authority in selecting the recipient.