Larry Silva is entering his fifth year as Head Coach for the Santa Monica College Men’s Cross Country and Track teams and also supervises the development of women sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers for the college. While at SMC, the men’s cross country program had developed every year, becoming more and more competitive and proudly representing SMC at the Southern California Championships and State Championships. Since coming to SMC, his track athletes have traveled to the State Championships every year. He has been responsible for developing four All Americans in his four years at the helm. In addition to being the head coach at the college, Coach Silva is also the Sprints, Hurdles, and Jumps coach for the world renown Santa Monica Track Club through which he has had the honor of supervising the development of one Olympian in the 2008 Beijing Games, two Olympians in the 2004 Athens Games, and one in the 2000 Sydney Games.
Coach Silva credits his development as a coach to his mentors Tom Tellez who has developed such great athletes like Carle Lewis, Leroy Burrell, Mike Marsh, Floyd Herd and Willie Banks to name a few and to Joe Douglas the president and coach of the distance runners for the Santa Monica Track Club who has developed such athletes as David Mack, Johnny Gray, Earl Jones, Steve Lewis and Danny Everett to name a few. These two men are recognized amongst the greatest coaches in the history of track & field and coach Silva feels fortunate to have them both as mentors and very special friends. Prior to arriving at SMC, coach Silva worked at Concordia University, Irvine where he served as a Counselor and assistant coach for six years. While at CUI Larry was responsible for establishing the sprints, hurdles, jumps and strength and conditioning program. Coach Silva attended and graduated from Long Beach State University where he obtained his BA from the prestigious Kinesiology/Physical Education Department.
Coach Silva has two beautiful children eleven year old Nicholas and nine year old Emily – they are the apple of his eye!