EUGENE, Ore. – University of Oregon men’s golf coach Casey Martin has added Brad Lanning to his coaching staff, effective June 8, 2011.
A former professional and highly successful high school golf coach, Lanning comes to an Oregon program that has become a perennial top 25 outfit in five seasons under Martin.
“I’m really excited to have Brad on board,” Martin said. “He’s a very well-rounded individual and is going to add a lot to our program.”
Lanning and Martin were teammates for three seasons at Stanford and won a national championship together in 1994. 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 college as a student-athlete and I’m really looking forward to 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 at the helm.
“Brad is an extremely talented coach with an awesome personality and he will really connect with our team,” Martin said.
Lanning’s coaching resume also includes serving on camp staffs for the golf programs at the University of Florida and his alma mater.
Lanning, 40, joins a staff that includes former UO head coach and current assistant Steve Nosler, a 19-year veteran of the Ducks’ golf program, giving Oregon one of the most impressive coaching rosters in the Pac-12.
A 1994 Stanford graduate with a degree in Political Science, Lanning earned his master’s in Counseling at Denver Seminary in 2011.
“I’m almost pinching myself right now 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 will celebrate their tenth anniversary this summer. They have one son, Gavin (7), and one daughter, Ashley (6).