Larry Rogers’ Life in Athletics
Hall of Fame Athlete and Coach
Larry Rogers was inducted into the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2011, selected for the University of Central Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, and tapped for the Coaching Hall of Fame for Arkansas College (now Lyon College) in 2003.
All-American College Running Coach
Larry was honored two times as National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Coach of the Year and seven times as AIC Coach of the Year, four for track and three for cross country. He was recognized for coaching the “winningest” years in Arkansas College athletics history. During his five-year tenure as coach at Arkansas College, his students included 45 All-Conference track and field athletes and All-Americans in the long jump, heptathlon, 1500 meters, cross country and academics.
All-Star High School and Jr. High Running Coach
Larry’s recent students include Rachel Barnhardt, All Conference, All State and Female Track Athlete of the Year as a freshman, an honor usually bestowed on a senior. He also coached Ericka Setzler through high school—a Log Cabin Democrat Runner of the Year and two-time Southland Conference Steeplechase champion who has become All-Region and All-Academic Team at the University of Central Arkansas.
His male students include Toler Freyaldenhoven, who was undefeated in the high school mile in his senior year and also achieved a 4:15:79 mile and a 9:23:92 two- mile, breaking the 30-year record set by a former student of Larry’s. Junior high phenomenon Cade Swindle, who ranking #1 in the Nation in the two-mile as an eighth grader, is also Larry’s protégé.
Larry coached a number of Conway Jr. High students whose team remained undefeated last year in cross country.
All-Star Track Athlete
Larry Rogers is a two-time NAIA All-American and a four-time NAIA National Finalist. He set seven high school track and field records at Booneville High and was state high school champion in the 880, still holding the 40-year old high school 880 record. He also earned a silver medal in the 800 meter while competing as an NAIA ALL-STAR in Mexico City.
He became Masters National Champion in 1988 in the 600, 1000, mile relay and set a Masters National Record for the two-mile relay.