|Position:||Associate Athletic Director|
The tremendous scope of Vin Lananna's accomplishments has established him as one of the premier leaders in track and field in the United States. Named Associate Athletic Director at the University of Oregon in July 2005, Lananna has been responsible for creating a vision for the Oregon track and field program and Historic Hayward Field as the center of track and field in this country.
He has been a driving force behind the University's bids that landed the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials, the 2010, 2013 and 2014 NCAA Track & Field Championships and the 2009 and 2011 USATF Championships. Lananna also served as the head men's coach for Team USA at the 2011 IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
The 2012 season proved to be an historical one for TrackTown USA, which hosted a record-setting U.S. Olympic Trials. Team USA would go on to win 29 medals at the London Olympics. The college season was also rewarding with both the men and women winning the Pac-12 title and the women claiming their third straight NCAA Indoor crown. The women's team also finished as the national runners-up outdoors.
In 2011, the University of Oregon and Track Town, USA, played host to a record-setting USA Track & Field Championships. That came on the heels of a collegiate season where the Ducks won their second straight women's indoor national title, fifth straight men's Pac-10 title and third consecutive women's league title.
A season earlier, Eugene hosted a wildly successful NCAA Championships in 2010 that not only established an all-time attendance record, but also surpassed all expectations in terms of the overall experience for both the fans and student-athletes. The 2010 season saw Oregon win its first-ever NCAA Indoor women's national title. The women were also the runner-up at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, while the men were second in both cross country and indoor track, and took third at the outdoor meet. The Oregon teams combined for nine NCAA individual and relay titles. Among those were Andrew Wheating's incredible sweep of the 800 and 1,5000 meters at the outdoor meet, indoor and outdoor victories by combined event stars Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen, and the first-ever indoor and outdoor NCAA titles for the women's 4x400 meter relay team. The 2009-10 campaign also produced an unprecedented fourth straight Pac-10 title for the men, and a performance for the ages at the league meet for the women, scoring a meet record 215 points.
During the 2008-09 academic year, the Men and Women of Oregon wrote one of the most memorable chapters in the history of all collegiate track and field. The Men of Oregon won their second straight NCAA Cross Country Championship, captured their first-ever NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship and tied for second at the NCAA Outdoor meet, coming up just two points shy of a magical triple crown. Along the way, the men won their third straight Pac-10 titles in both track and cross country, and produced nine NCAA event champions, six Pac-10 individual champions and 23 All-America awards. For the sixth time in his career, Lananna was named NCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Lananna also presided over perhaps the best individual season in the history of men's collegiate distance running. Galen Rupp became the first person ever to win six distance races during the same academic year. Rupp was the 2008 NCAA individual cross country champion, the 2009 NCAA Indoor 3,000 and 5,000 meter champion, the 2009 NCAA Outdoor 5,000 and 10,000 meter champion, and anchored Oregon's winning Indoor distance medley relay team. He was also the Pac-10 cross country medalist and won the league's 10,000 meter title and capped his collegiate career by winning the title at the USA Track and Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field. He was named the USTFCCCA Division I and Pac-10 men's track athlete of the year and was also honored as the NCAA Division I Academic All-American of the Year for all sports.
Hosting the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials was a giant leap forward in Lananna's grand plan for Track Town, USA, as a pair of UO student-athletes qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics, Wheating in the men's 800 meters and Rupp in the 10,000. However, it served only as a benchmark for the ambitious visionary who has recaptured the glory of Oregon's proud running tradition both in terms of the teams' performance on the track, as well as his leadership in the running community of Eugene.
The 2007-08 season marked an ascension back to the top of the collegiate running world for both programs. The men won the NCAA championship in cross country and took Pac-10 team titles in both the track & field and cross country seasons. Lananna was recognized as the NCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Just a few months after his arrival in July 2005, Lananna's leadership helped the University of Oregon and the City of Eugene win the right to host the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials. In July 2006, a two-year renovation began to prepare Historic Hayward Field to host the most exciting meets in the country. Lananna has also led the establishment of a new post-collegiate club, the Oregon Track Club Elite, that provides a new opportunity for American middle distance/distance athletes to train with the goal of being competitive on the world stage.
Lananna is experienced as both an administrator and a coach at the highest levels. Prior to his arrival at Oregon, Lananna served as athletic director at Oberlin College in Ohio. At the internationally-renowned liberal arts institution, he led the revitalization and reorganization of the department of athletics and physical education. His efforts to improve fundraising and enhance the department's resources allowed Oberlin to increase staffing and upgrade facilities, including the construction of a new stadium for soccer, lacrosse, and track and field.
Renowned for his ability to develop talent, Lananna's reputation as an exceptional coach was secured during his tenure as director of track and field at Stanford University from 1992 to 2003. In his time at Stanford, Lananna built one of the nation's elite programs. His cross country and track and field teams claimed five NCAA team championships, 35 top-10 NCAA finishes, and 22 NCAA individual titles. The Cardinal men and women also won 17 Pacific-10 Conference team titles and 45 individual conference crowns in addition to 15 West Regional cross country championships.
Lananna arrived at Stanford after serving as assistant athletic director and head coach for cross country and track and field at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. His coaching career began in 1975 when Lananna was named head coach of cross country at his alma mater, C.W. Post in Greenvale, NY. As an athlete (1971-75), he ran cross country and track and field and was captain of the 1974 team that finished fourth in the NCAA Division II Championships. He received his master's of arts degree from Long Island University in 1989. Lananna and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Eugene. Their sons Brian and Scott are graduates of Dartmouth College.