Kristen Larson rejoined UCF in August 2013 after both a successful business career and a successful rowing career with the Knights.
In 2012-2013, Larson served as the high school novice men's coach as well as assistant women's high school coach of South Orlando Rowing Association (SORA) in the Lake Nona Area. Also in that time frame, Larson coached adults (also known as Masters) in the evenings at Lake Nona (SORA masters) which ranged in age from mid thirties to late fifties.
From 2005-2007, Larson was an assistant coach for the Central Florida Men's Rowing club program, as well as the inaugural coach of the Central Florida Women's Club rowing program at UCF.
Larson is actively involved in the adaptive community; teaching people with missing limbs/paralysis/loss of eye sight on rowing machines and on the water in the boat. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, Larson worked with Lighthouse of Central Florida to teach visually impaired kids and adults how to row during a workshop as well as the Amputee Coalition National Conference and taught people of all ages and sizes how to row with and without their prosthetics.
As a student athlete, Larson rowed all four years of college and was Co-Captain of the squad for her junior year (2002-2003) and team captain her senior year (2003-2004). Larson currently still competes in rowing events all across the country. In 2010, she won gold at Masters Nationals Regatta in the eight in Camden, New Jersey and gold at Masters Worlds Regatta in St. Catharines, Canada. In 2013, she won silver at Masters Nationals Regatta in the eight in Sarasota, Fla.
Larson graduated from UCF with two bachelor's degrees in Interpersonal Communications as well as Spanish. As a current graduate assistant, Larson is seeking a Masters in Sport & Exercise Science.