Ducks Tab Lananna Named Associate AD/Director T&F

EUGENE, Ore. – Vin Lananna, who owns a distinguished reputation as one of the nation's top collegiate track and field coaches, has been named Associate Athletic Director/Director of Track and Field and Cross Country at the University of Oregon, Ducks' Athletics Director Bill Moos announced at a press conference Wednesday at Hayward Field.

"I am thrilled with Vin's decision to join the University of Oregon's intercollegiate athletic program," Moos said. "His tremendous success in coaching, along with his experience in collegiate administration, makes him the perfect person to lead Oregon's track and field and cross country programs. During all of our conversations, I could tell that Vin has a genuine respect for the Oregon tradition and legacy and shares with me, and many others, the vision of what our program is capable of achieving."

In his 11-year career at Stanford that began in July 1992, Lananna quickly built the Cardinal into the sport's top combined men's and women's program. His cross country and track and field squads claimed four NCAA team titles (3 men's/1 women's) among their 36 top-10 NCAA finishes (21 men's/15 women's), and Stanford athletes won 22 NCAA track and field individual titles. At the Pacific-10 Conference level, the Cardinal men and women racked up 17 team titles (8 men's/9 women's) and 45 individual crowns (25 men's/20 women's).

In return for Stanford's excellence, he was a multiple honoree as NCAA Cross Country Coach of the Year (1986, ‘96, '97, 2002), NCAA West Region Cross Country Coach of the Year (1995, '96, '97, '98, '99, 2002), Pacific-10 Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year (1994, '95, '96, '98, '99, 2001, '02) and Pac-10 Track and Field Coach of the Year (2000, '01).

He has served as director of athletics and physical education at Oberlin College (Ohio) since July 2003.

"After listening to the vision that Bill has about what the American track and field capital can be and should be, there's no other place better to do it than Eugene," Lananna said. "There's an amazing love of the sport in this community that you can't find anywhere else. I'm excited about extending the program's tradition of excellence at the national level year-in and year-out so it spills over to the national arena."

Prior to his tenure at Stanford, Lananna was tabbed as track and field head coach at Dartmouth College in 1980 and was later promoted to assistant athletic director for track and field and cross country in 1985.

At the NCAA level, his Dartmouth teams posted six top-20 cross country finishes – including runner-up efforts in 1986 and '87 – to go along with two top-20 women's placings, and more than 25 combined All-America honors in track and field and cross country. His men's squads also captured eight consecutive Heptagonal League cross country titles (1984-91) and one Heptagonal League track and field crown (1988), and his women's squad claimed four Heptagonal track and field runner-up finishes in cross country and two in track and field (1988, '89). In return for their success at the Hanover, N.H. institution, he was selected as NCAA Cross Country Coach of the Year (1986), District Cross Country Coach of the Year (1983-87, 89, '90) and District Track and Field Coach of the Year (1985, '87, '88, '91).

At the U.S. and international levels, he was appointed men's assistant coach for the 2004 Olympic Games and 1999 World Championships, as well as junior coach for the 1990 and 1996 World Cross Country Championships.

His Stanford pupils have also shined at the national and international levels – a list that includes 2000 Olympians Brad Hauser (5,000), Gabe Jennings (1,500) and Michael Stember (1,500), 1999 and 2003 World Championships qualifiers Hauser (10,000) and Lauren Fleshman (5,000), and Dartmouth graduate and two-time Olympic marathoner Bob Kempanien (1996, '00).

He began his coaching career as cross country head coach at C.W. Post College in Greenvale, N.Y., in the fall of 1975 after graduating from the institution with a bachelor of arts degree in history and psychology in the spring. As a track and field athlete from 1971-75, he ran cross country and track and was captain of the 1974 harrier team that finished fourth in the NCAA Division II Championships. He added a master's of science degree in education from Long Island University in 1989.

Lananna (6-17-53) and his wife Elizabeth have two sons – Brian (21) and Scott (19).

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