June 25, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Loyola Marymount Athletics Director Dr. William Husak announced on Tuesday that Brad Lanning has been hired as the head coach of the men's golf program. Lanning, who was an assistant at Oregon the last two seasons, is the third coach in the history of the LMU golf program.
"I am excited to announce that Brad Lanning has been selected to serve as our next golf coach. For the past two years, he has been an assistant under Casey Martin at the University of Oregon, one of the premier collegiate golf programs in the country," said Husak. "He brings to the job experience as a player and coach at the highest collegiate levels, an extreme work ethic, the respect of his peers and the type of values and character we seek in our staff. So not only do we think he will be a great coach for our program, but a great fit as well."
Lanning joined Martin's staff at Oregon in July of 2011 and in two seasons the Ducks went to the NCAA Regionals and in 2011-12, Oregon earned a third place finish at the NCAA Golf Championships, its best finish ever in 26 trips to the NCAA tournament.
"I am very excited about the opportunity, and very appreciative of Bill and the hiring committee for the opportunity they are giving me to lead the LMU golf team," said Lanning. "This is a great responsibility, and I think what I am trying to do as golf coach and person lineup well with the LMU mission. I am excited and can't wait to get started."
The two years at Oregon wasn't the first time Lanning and Martin paired for success. They were teammates for three seasons at Stanford, helping the Cardinal win the 1994 NCAA Championship. Lanning graduated that season with a degree in Political Science and then earned his Master's in Counseling at Denver Seminary in 2011.
"I think the LMU program has tremendous potential. Recruiting is a big piece of what we do and I am excited to take the story of LMU and what it has to offer to so many talented junior golfers," said Lanning. "I think as a school, LMU has so much to offer - from academics to student life to its location and the golf opportunities to the University's mission toward developing the whole person. Personally I really line up with that, and, again, I am really excited for this opportunity."
After Stanford, Lanning spent six years playing professionally on the Hooters Tour, South American Tour and the Canadian PGA tour, while also working as a stock broker before entering the coaching ranks.
It didn't take long for success to reach Lanning as a coach, helping St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Bradenton, Fla., to a state title and a state runner-up finish in two years as an assistant coach. After moving to Colorado, he entered the master's program at Denver and assisted Valor Christian High School to a pair of state championships in his three seasons with the team.
He has also served on camp coaching staffs for the University of Florida and his alma mater. Lanning and his wife have a son and a daughter.