Vin Lananna

Vin Lananna

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Vin Lananna
Current Residence Eugene, OR
College C.W. Post '75

JKFGLARQCXUWHLF.20060115224355.jpg Vin Lananna is head coach at the University of Oregon and Associate Athletic Director.

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.

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.

He then was assistant athletic director and head coach for cross country and track and field at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. From 1980 until 1992, his men’s and women’s cross country teams posted a combined seven NCAA top-20 finishes—including men’s runner-up efforts in 1986 and 1987—and 37 combined All-America cross country and track and field awards. The men’s team won 13 Heptagonal League titles and the women had six runner-up finishes. In recognition of the teams’ accomplishments, he was named the 1986 NCAA Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year and was a seven- time New England Region Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year and a four-time New England Track and Field Coach of the Year.

He was 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. His athletes excelled in national and international competition, representing Team USA at the Olympic Games and the IAAF World Championships. He also developed the Nike Farm Club there.

Lananna served as athletic director at Oberlin College in Ohio from 2003-2005.

Since assuming his present job in 2005, Lananna has 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.[1]

Lananna and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Eugene, Oregon. Their sons Brian and Scott are recent graduates of Dartmouth College.


  1. Retrieved 2008-11-29.