Returning for his second season as a Duck assistant coach, Brad Lanning helped Oregon stake arguably its greatest season in 2011-12.
The Ducks ranked top 15 nationally all year long, and logged a record six team wins among their 12 stroke-play events, then rattled off an even more amazing postseason run.
In the collegiate finale in L.A., UO matched its best-ever finish among its 25 NCAA trips with a third-place tie. The Ducks lost their hard-fought semifinal to No.1-ranked and eventual national champion Texas, 3-2, at the Riviera Country Club.
Earlier in the week, Oregon beat No. 5 UCLA, 3-2, and stood seventh in stroke play (291-294-288-873) after it sported three individuals in the top 30 overall (Eugene Wong, 13th, 215 (-1); Daniel Miernicki, 21st, 216 (+2); Andrew Vijarro, 29th, 217 (+2)).
Two weeks before in the Ann Arbor NCAA Regional, the Ducks equaled their best-ever finish (second) after they ended one stroke behind USC. Not surprisingly, Oregon featured all five individuals in the top 45 overall - Miernicki (second, 206 (-7)); Jonathan Woo (seventh, 208 (-5)), Wong (19th, (E)), Vijarro (28th, +2)) and Robbie Ziegler (45th, +9)).
In the Pac-12 Championships two weeks prior, Oregon tied its best-ever league finish and placed second in a two-hole playoff to California. The two teams ended the six-count-five, four-round event tied at 12-under after regulation in the event that featured six teams ranked top 13 nationally at the Tysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis.
Individually against the nation's top conference, Miernicki placed second (-11) - two strokes shy of the win - and two strokes ahead of Wong (third, (-9)) as both posted career-best league placings. Two other Ducks followed in a tie for 21st place - Vijarro and Ziegler.
In return for their historic play all season long, the Ducks amassed a host of individual accolades in 2011-12.
Wong picked up his second Pac-12 Golfer of the Year, All-Nicklaus and PING All-America First Team honors. Miernicki joined Wong on the top PING All-America squad - his first, first-team nod after he earned second-team honors as a sophomore. Both were also tabbed to the All-Pac-12 First Team, while Vijarro earned his second honorable mention (and was a second-team choice in '11).
Lanning joined the staff in June of 2011 with a resume that already included professional playing experience and notable accomplishments as a high school coach.
“I’m really excited to have Brad be a part of our program,” Martin said. “He’s an extremely talented coach with an awesome personality, and really connects with our players. He is avery well-rounded individual and adds a lot to our program in so many ways.”
Lanning and Martin first worked together as teammates for three seasons at Stanford and helped the Cardinal win the 1994 NCAA Championship. After college, Lanning spent six years playing professionally with stints on the Hooters Tour, South American Tour and Canadian PGA, and also worked as a stock broker before entering the coaching ranks.
“I have a great passion for teaching and coaching,” Lanning said. “I know what it’s like to be in collegiate student-athlete, and I really enjoy mentoring and providing guidance on and off the golf course.”
Success came quickly for Lanning as a high school assistant coach with a state title and runner-up finish in two years at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton, Fla. After relocating to Colorado to enter a master’s program at Denver Seminary, Lanning assisted Valor Christian High School to a pair of state championships in his three seasons with the team.
He has also served on camp coaching staffs for the University of Florida and his alma mater.
A 1994 Stanford graduate with a degree in Political Science, Lanning, 41, earned his master’s in Counseling at Denver Seminary in 2011.
“I’m almost pinched myself about having the opportunity to come into this environment at Oregon and be a part of such an amazing and talented staff within the athletic department,” Lanning said. “I’m truly grateful and honored to be here.”
Lanning and his wife, Pamela, have one son, Gavin (8), and one daughter, Ashley (7).