With over 28 years of coaching experience in track and field, 20 of which has come at Louisiana Tech, Larry Carmichael has established a national reputation for consistently developing world-class throwers. This is evident as Carmichael has guided at least one thrower to the NCAA championship meet each of the past 16 years.
During his tenure, he has coached 56 conference champions, 36 NCAA Division I Regional qualifiers, 24 Division I National qualifiers and 11 All-Americans with three of those 11 finishing as the national runner-up.
Carmichael's throwers excel at Louisiana Tech and beyond, evidenced most recently as former Tech standout and Jamaican national Jason Morgan finished 18th in the discus at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea with a throw of 210-5 (64.14m). Morgan is a familiar face in international competition with appearances at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, the 2007 Pan American Games and the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games where he won the silver medal in the discus with a throw of 188-7 (57.48m). He is also the Jamaican national record holder in the discus and has already qualified for the 2012 Olympics in London.
In 2009, Carmichael coached Louisiana Tech's first Penn Relay throws champion as Nadia Alexander's shot put of 54-8.75 (16.68m) claimed the title at one of the nation's premiere and historic track and field meets.
In addition to a Penn Relays champion, Carmichael has guided two Tech throwers to Texas Relays titles with Brenda-Grace Hunt winning the javelin with a throw of 186-8 (56.90m) in the 2005 and April Malveo winning the discus with a throw of 187-10 (57.26m) at the 1999 event in Austin, Texas.
A Carmichael product and two-time All-American, Olivia McKoy represented her native Jamaica at the 2008 Olympic Games held in Beijing, China where she placed 34th with a throw of 182-1 (55.51m). That marked the second Olympic appearance for McKoy as she also competed at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She has also appeared in the 2006 British Commonwealth Games where she won the bronze medal with a javelin throw of 192-2 (58.58m). McKoy is the Jamaican national record holder in the javelin.
Carmichael has also guided All-American Melissa Gibbons as she competed in the shot put and discus for Jamaica in the 2002 British Commonwealth Games.
In 1999, Carmichael's thowers claimed three All-American honors as the Tech women throwers finished in the top five at the NCAA Championships. As a full team, Louisiana Tech finished a program-best 17th at the NCAA Championships that year.
A four-year letterman in track and field at Kent State, Carmichael received his bachelor's degree in 1968 before spending time as a graduate assistant under the legendary Douglas L. Raymond. He was also the head coach of cross country and track and field at Meramec Community College in St. Louis, where he developed All-Americans in the long jump and high jump and established those events at that school.
After his tenure at Meramec, Carmichael spent time as a volunteer assistant at Michigan State while completing his doctorate in education. From 1988-91, he coached throwers at Essex High School in Vermont where he produced 10 state champions in just four years, before taking his current position at Louisiana Tech.
He and his wife, Diane, live in nearby Arcadia and have four grown children.