D. Larry Carmichael, Ph.D.
Assistant Coach of Track and Field
Larry Carmichael enters his second season as assistant coach for the New Mexico State University track and field team where he focuses on throwing and multi-events.
In his first season, Carmichael made an immediate impact and helped coach junior Zoe Meade to an indoor pentathlon win in the 2013 WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. In the outdoor season, Carmichael directed senior Kelsey Brennan to a conference championship in the javelin at the 2013 WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships (May 8-11), where she also set the record for the Aggies with her throw of 48.08m (157’8”). Brennan also qualified for the 2013 NCAA Regional Meet in Austin, Texas. Coach Carmichael has been instrumental in recruiting several incoming throwing prospects who will be joining the Aggies for the 2013-14 season.
Carmichael has three decades of coaching experience in track and field. Most recently, Carmichael spent 21 years at Louisiana Tech University where he established a national reputation for consistently developing national and international class throwers. His coaching record includes 16 straight years where Carmichael guided at least one student-athlete to the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships. He also guided several athletes to compete at the international level in the throwing events.
During his tenure at Louisiana Tech, Carmichael coached 56 individual conference champions, 40 NCAA Division I Preliminary Round (Regional) Qualifiers, 24 Division I National Qualifiers and 11 Division I All-American athletes, three of whom were National Runner-Up in their respective events. The athletes Carmichael coached at Louisiana Tech set 12 school records.
In 2009, Carmichael coached All-American Nadia Alexander to become Louisiana Tech's first Penn Relays throws champion. Alexander threw the shot 16.68m (54.8’75”) to claim the women's collegiate division title at the nation's oldest, continuously held Track Relays "carnival" event. In addition, Carmichael has guided two women throwers to championships in the prestigious Texas Relays. All-American Brenda-Grace Hunt won the women's javelin event in 2005 with a distance of 56.90m (186’8”) and in 1999, All-American April Malveo won the women's discus title throwing 57.26 (187’10”), which remains the Louisiana Tech school record in these events.
Carmichael also coached 2006 NCAA All-American Jason Morgan in the discus during his collegiate career and beyond. Morgan established the Jamaican national record in the discus throw, and competed in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Morgan placed 18th in the discus at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Morgan also competed in the 2007 World Championships, 2007 Pan American Games and the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games.
Carmichael also coached 2001 NCAA All-American athlete Melissa Gibbons as she competed for Jamaica in the shot put and discus at the 2002 British Commonwealth Games.
In 1999, Carmichael guided April Malveo to double All-American honors in shot put and discus, and Olivia McKoy to one All-American honor as throwers at Louisiana Tech. These two student-athletes scored 13 points at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships that season. As a team, Louisiana Tech scored a program-best finish of 17th at that NCAA Championships, all of the points coming from the throwing events. This was McKoy's second time as All-American, as she finished as National Runner-Up in the javelin in 1998 as well.
Malveo ended up ranking in the top eight in the nation in the discus in 1998 and 1999, and finished as a finalist in the 2000 U.S. Olympic team trials. McKoy went on the represent Jamaica in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, was a bronze medalist in the 2006 British Commonwealth Games, and again was an Olympic Games competitor in Bejing, China, in 2008. She is the Jamaican national record holder in the javelin.
From 1988-91, Carmichael coached at Essex High School in Vermont where he guided 10 state championship throwers during his time as an assistant coach at the school.
Carmichael was the inaugural head coach of cross country and track and field at Meramec Community College in St. Louis, MO, from 1968-70. He produced NJCAA All-Americans in the long jump and high jump during his time at Meramec.
Carmichael completed the Ph.D degree in education in 1974 from Michigan State University. During the years of 1974-1991, Carmichael held academic faculty appointments in physical education/special education at the University of Virginia, Michigan State University and the University of Vermont.
Carmichael is a graduate of Bethel Park High School (PA) where he competed in cross country and track and field. He was a four-year letterman in track and field at Kent State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1967 and was a Graduate Assistant Coach assisting the USA Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame legend, Douglas L. Raymond while completing a Master's Degree in education in 1968.
Carmichael and his wife, Diane, are the parents of four grown children and have three grandchildren.