Every so often, we encounter an athlete who has had an excellent athletic career and has also shown other talents, such as leadership and dedication that followed him into adulthood. Joe Larkin is such a person.
Football played a very important part of his developing years at Rice. He played with great heart and strong skills. Gary Provost coached Joe for four years and said, “Joe was a two-way starter at halfback and middle linebacker. He was truly our stud that we went to whenever we needed a big play, whether a crucial first down or a blitz to stop the opponent’s drive. Joe was one of the toughest players I have ever coached. In terms of leadership, Joe was THE best leader I have ever coached at Rice.”
Joe was selected First Team All-State Football on offense and defense in 1995. He was selected as Rice’s MVP and Defensive MVP at the end of the 1995 season. A very memorable game against BHS for Joe in his senior year was when he had 14 tackles, caused five fumbles and recovered two. On offense, he rushed for 121 yards as Rice won, 14-12.
After graduating from Rice, Joe did a post grad year at Exeter to enhance his goal of playing college football. He met his goal and played football for Amherst for four years. In 2000, he received the Amherst College Football Coaches’ Award, which recognized the player who contributed the most to the team during the season, taking into account things such as sportsmanship, dedication, character, and contribution to the team.
From football, Joe transitioned to hockey, where he contributed to Rice winning State Championships in 1993 and 1994.
From hockey, Joe moved into the baseball season. The team was struggling for success on the field. Joe’s commitment, work ethic, and passion for the game was a tremendous example for his teammates, especially the young underclassmen. Joe finished his baseball career by being named to the all Metro Baseball Team, finishing the season with a .396 batting average.
By graduation, Joe was elected to the National Honor Society, served on the Student Council, had been a class president, was chosen as the 1996 Male Athlete of the Year, and had the culminating achievement of being Mr. Rice in 1996.
After graduating from Amherst College, Joe continued to contribute and give back to his country and his alma mater. He joined the Vermont Air National Guard for six years, becoming an officer. Giving back to Rice, he has served on the Rice School Board for six years and was Chairman of the Board for three years.
On the sports field, Joe has coached in the Rice Football program for 15 years, while the team has won two State Championships (2004 and 2012, both teams going 11-0). He was the defensive coach for many years, having switched recently to coaching the offense.
Joe is married to Jennifer (Robinson ’95), and they are the proud parents of three daughters (Kate, Ellie, and Anna). Joe works in the family real estate and development business in Burlington.