Melinda Larson

Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Co-Director of Athletics
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Melinda Larson is co-athletic director and helps administer the college’s 20 varsity men and women sports. She is also an associate professor of kinesiology.

Professional Experience

Before coming to Hope, Melinda worked at NCAA Division III member Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. She served as Whitworth’s interim director of athletics during the 2013–2014 school year and oversaw the school’s varsity program. Before that, Melinda was Whitworth’s head athletic trainer for 10 years. In 2011 she was named the school’s athletic training education program director.

Melinda also worked as an assistant athletic trainer and instructor at Whitworth from 1995–1999 and as an assistant athletic trainer and adjunct instructor at the University of Alabama Birmingham from 1994–1995.

Areas of Expertise

Melinda currently serves on the NCAA committee on competitive safeguards. Also, as an athletic trainer, Melinda specialized in mild traumatic brain injury and soccer injury epidemiology. As a professor, her specialty was in pathophysiology and therapeutic modalities.


  • M.A., health education: exercise physiology, Florida International University, 1994
  • B.A., sports medicine, Whitworth University, 1992

Grants and Awards

  • National Athletic Trainers Association Outstanding Service Award, 2010
  • Northwest Athletic Trainers Association Educators Award, 2008
  • Whitworth University Excellence in Teaching Award, 2005


  • “Soccer,” in Epidemiology of Sports Injuries, 1996

Outside the college

Outside of work, Melinda enjoys getting outside for recreation and relaxation, including biking, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. She's a big Seattle Seahawks fan and a long-suffering Seattle Mariners fan.

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Melinda Larson

Phone Number616.395.7070

DeVos Fieldhouse 222 Fairbanks Avenue Holland, MI 49423
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