Oregon’s Lananna To Coach U.S. World Team

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 17, 2010
  • Updated Dec. 17, 2010 at 8:10 AM UTC
Vin Lananna has enjoyed recent success at the helm in Oregon. Photo:

Vin Lananna has enjoyed recent success at the helm in Oregon. Photo:

The former Stanford coach comes to the job with an impressive résumé.

University of Oregon’s associate athletic director, Vin Lananna will be coaching the U.S. men’s contingent at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in South Korea next year. Southern Illinois University head coach Connie Price-Smith will coach the women’s team.

“It is an honor to be selected to lead Team USA,” Lananna said. “Our country has some of the most talented and exciting athletes in the world. I am looking for to working with the coaching staff to prepare the athletes of Team USA to be in position to perform at their best at the world championships.”

The selection process for the U.S. team takes place next summer at the U.S. World Championship Trials, which will be held June 23-26 at Hayward Field in Oregon.

Lananna’s track record at Oregon has been impressive. In 2010, Oregon won its first-ever NCAA Indoor women’s national title.

Before joining Oregon, Lananna coached at Stanford. There, he was awarded NCAA Coach of the Year in cross country.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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