UVA extends athletics director Vin Lananna until 2026

Vin Lananna has signed a two-year contract extension to remain Virginia’s director of track and field and cross country until the 2025-2026 season, as AVU athletic director Carla Williams announced on Wednesday. .

Lananna was appointed Director of the Track and Field Program at the AVU in September 2019 and led the Cavaliers to incredible accomplishments during her two years at Charlottesville, particularly in 2021.

The Virginia Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Team tied for 16th at the 2021 NCAA Championships, which was the program’s best result since 1983. The Men’s Outdoor Track Team s’ is ranked 28th and the overall standings of both teams were the best result at school. the story.

Michaela Meyer won the NCAA Individual Championship in the 800-meter event, becoming the first rider to win an individual women’s track and field title in the program’s history.

A total of 13 UVA student-athletes were named US artists in 2021, including eight women and five men. A total of 16 student-athletes were named to All-ACC teams in 2021 and the AVU women’s track and field team finished third at the ACC indoor championships, the program’s best result since 1995.

“Vin has done an incredible job in the two years he’s been running our programs,” said Carla Williams. “We have seen many outstanding performances from our student-athletes in many events… We are fortunate to have him at the AVU and are very excited about the future of track and field and cross country in Virginia. . ”

Lananna has had an illustrious career in the sport of track and field. He coached the United States at the 2011 World Championships and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. He was inducted into the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2012 and was also elected USA Track and Field President in 2017.

Lananna spent several years creating elite track and field programs in Stanford and Oregon. Stanford won five NCAA Tag Team Championships and 22 NCAA Individual Championships during Lananna’s tenure from 1992 to 2003. Lananna then spent two years as athletic director at Oberlin College, leading a massive effort to improve facilities. and Oberlin Sports Resources. In Oregon, Lananna helped make Historic Hayward Field the heart of American athletics, including bids for Oregon to host the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials. Oregon also won six national championships during Lananna’s tenure.

After 14 years in Oregon, Lananna made the decision to join the University of Virginia as director of track and field and cross country. The change also brought Lananna back into a direct coaching role, as he hadn’t coached Oregon since 2012, when he stepped back and was only associate athletic director for the next seven years at Oregon.

“Coming back to training really energized me,” Lananna said. “I am so proud of the efforts and achievements of our student-athletes. They are remarkable young people we work with every day and their commitment to excellence in athletics and education is unmatched. I think we’ve started something really special in Virginia and I’m really looking forward to what we can accomplish, especially with such a large community of runners.

The AVU’s home cross country course at Panorama Farms in Earlysville will be the site of the 2023 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s Cross Country Championships, the product of another outstanding career administrative effort. by Vin Lananna.

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