Skyhawk Football | Ben Larson - Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator
Ben Larson is in his first season as the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at UT Martin.
Before UT Martin, Larson served as special teams special assistant at Texas for four years. While at Texas, Larson served alongside special teams coordinator Jeff Traylor under head coach Charlie Strong. During his tenure for the Longhorns he oversaw punter Michael Dickson who garnered All-American honors after ranking as the Big 12’s leading punter and UT’s all-time single season record holder. Dickson was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year and became Texas’s first-ever finalist for the Ray Guy Award after averaging 47.4 yards per punt while tallying 25 punts which went at least 50 yards – including a career-best 74-yarder. Punt returner Daje Johnson also earned all-conference honors under his watch.
Before joining Texas, Larson served as the associate strength coach for football at Tennessee for the 2012 season. Prior to his stint in the weight room, Larson served as the Vols special teams quality control coach from 2010-12 under head coach Derek Dooley.
Prior to his time at Tennessee, Larson held the position of offensive and special teams graduate assistant at Louisiana Tech under Dooley from 2007-09.
Before joining up with Dooley, Larson was the assistant director for sports performance at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La. He also served stints as an intern at South Florida after coaching high school football at Langley (Va.) High School.
A native of Mercersberg, Pa., Larson played college football at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa. Larson played linebacker for the Crusaders before earning his bachelor’s degree in 2005 in communications.
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