March 14, 2003
Indianapolis, Ind. - Stanford track and field head coach Vin Lananna has been named to the Team USA track & field coaching staff for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. As the U.S. men's team middle distance coach in Athens, Lananna will serve under head coach George Williams, the longtime coach at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, N.C.
Lananna has coached the Cardinal to a total of four national team titles during his 10 years at Stanford, winning a pair of men's cross country NCAA championships, as well as one women's cross country national title and one men's track and field NCAA title. Lananna is a two-time NCAA Cross Country Coach of the Year.
On the international scene, Lananna's served as an assistant coach for the 1999 World Outdoor Championships staff as well as head coach for the 1990 and 1996 World Cross Country Championships.
Also named to the men's coaching staff were: Sprints/hurdles: Orin Richburg; Jumps/multis: Ralph Lindeman; Throws: Criss Somerlot; Distances: Bob Larsen; Head Manager: Charlie Craig.