OSKALOOSA — Matt Larson has been named the new CEO of Mahaska County YMCA.
Larson has 15 years’ experience working in leadership positions within the YMCA, according to a news release; most recently he served as senior director of membership and wellness at the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.
Larson’s first day at Mahaska County YMCA will be Jan. 20.
Born and raised in rural Kansas, Larson attended the University of Evansville in Indiana for his Bachelor’s degree in sports medicine. He continued his education with a Master’s in sports administration from Austin Pea St. University in Clarkville, Tenn.
According to a news release, while Larson was finishing his masters, he worked as a division 1 school’s head strength and conditioning coach and also started work with the Ransburg YMCA in Indianapolis. He chaired the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Wellness Cabinet, as well as currently chairing the Membership Cabinet.
Larson has served on six YMCA facility builds, launch and openings. He served as the Y of the USA Training and Development liaison for the Indianapolis Association, responsible for hosting twice yearly Regional Training Events for the tri-state region, as well as class instruction.
According to the news release, Larson is a faculty trainer for Y of the USA and holds the YMCA professional title of “organizational leader.” He has received numerous prestigious YMCA of Greater Indianapolis awards in fundraising, innovation and leadership.
Larson enjoys hobbies including world travel, playing drums in the church band, serving on mission trips and competing in the World Axe Throwing Championships, most recently placing fifth in the world in duals. He lives with Jill, his wife of 14 years, and their three children aged 9, 7 and 6 years.
“I chose Oskaloosa for its community service and connection of the town with its neighbors. I see a city and larger county with a vibrant downtown, international business headquarters, locally-owned businesses, and a NAIA University just to mention a few,” he said, via news release. “I found a town with all the amenities (church, school, medical) needed to raise my family. I look forward to serving the Mahaska County YMCA, finishing our capital campaign and building a new state- of-the-art Early Childhood Education Recreation Center and in 2021. I soon hope to be considered an Oskaloosay!”