Vin Lananna was named the Director of Track and Field and Cross Country/Associate Athletics Director for Administration in September of 2019, joining the Cavaliers as one of the most respected and successful track and field and cross country coaches in the country.
Under his direction, the teams at Stanford and Oregon combined to win 11 NCAA team championships, produced numerous NCAA individual champions, conference champions and Olympic medalists. During three-plus decades as a head coach, he has led teams to 42 conference championships.
A five-time NCAA cross country coach of the year, Lananna was inducted into the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in 2012.
In his last collegiate head coaching stint, Lananna led the Oregon program for seven seasons (2005-12). During his tenure, Oregon won six NCAA titles (2007-08 men’s cross country, 2009 men’s indoor track and field, 2010-11-12 women’s indoor track and field) and 13 conference titles (2006-07-08 men’s cross country, 2007-08-09-10-11-12 men’s track and field, 2009-10-11-12 women’s track and field). He also coached several Olympians as well as numerous NCAA and Pac-12 event champions.
Lananna was named the 2012 Pac-12 men’s and women’s coach of the year for the third time at Oregon and was previously honored as the 2007 and 2008 national men’s cross country coach of the year. He also served as Team USA’s head coach for the 2011 IAAF World Championships and was the co-chair for both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, hosted at Oregon’s Hayward Field.
Following his resignation as the director of track and field and cross country in September of 2012 Lananna remained a member of the Ducks’ athletic administration as an associate athletic director, a position he held since coming to Eugene in 2005. He acted as the department’s sport supervisor for track and field.
Renowned for his ability to develop talent, Lananna’s reputation as an exceptional coach was secured during his tenure as director of track and field at Stanford from 1992 to 2003. In his time on The Farm, 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 2000 men’s track and field team won the school’s first outdoor title since 1934. 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.
As the Stanford head coach, Lananna received three national coach of the year cross country honors, nine West Region Cross Country Coach of the Year awards, 10 Pacific-10 Cross Country Coach of the Year honors, and two Pacific-10 Track and Field Coach of the Year awards. He also served on the NCAA Track and Field Committee from 2001-03. In 2004, Lananna traveled to Greece as an assistant coach for Team USA at the Olympic Games in Athens. He has also served as an assistant coach at the 1999 Track and Field World Championships and as head coach in the 1990 and 1996 World Championships and 1994 World Junior Championships in cross country.
While working for the Cardinal, Lananna was a co-founder of the Nike Farm Team for professional middle-distance and distance runners and helped organize the University’s efforts to host the 2002 and 2003 USA Outdoor Championships and an annual IAAF Grand Prix meet.
Between his coaching stints at Stanford and Oregon, Lananna served as athletic director and physical education professor at Ohio’s Oberlin College for two years (2003-2005).
Throughout his career, Lananna has been a guiding force for the development of track and field in the United States outside of his official duties as a head collegiate coach.
Since its inception in 2008, until his resignation as president in 2018, he was involved in the direction and leadership of TrackTown USA, a non-profit organization committed to setting a standard of excellence in the sports of track and field and running by hosting premier events, creating a supportive environment for elite athletic performances and improving facilities.
While working at Oregon and for TrackTown USA, he helped to lead the organization of the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, the 2015 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships and three Olympic Trials (2008, 2012 and 2016). He also played a significant role in Oregon being selected the site for seven NCAA Track & Field Championships (2010, 2013-2018) and the 2009 and 2011 USATF Championships.
At Oregon, he helped to establish and oversee Oregon Track Club Elite, the professional branch of the Oregon Track Club. Based in Eugene, it has produced an impressive number of Olympic medal winners, world champions and American champions under his direction.
Lananna was instrumental in the two-year renovation of Oregon’s historic Hayward Field that has been the site for numerous national competitions and will again host the NCAA Championships in 2021 and 2022.
In 2016, he was elected the president of USA Track and Field.
Lananna has an impressive resume coaching U.S. competitors on the world stage. He was the men’s track and field coach for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after previously serving as the men’s head coach at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, men’s distance coach at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, and U.S. distance coach at the 1999 World Championships in Seville, Spain. He served as the United States head coach for the 1990 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and 1996 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Lananna led the East team to a track and field title at the 1990 U.S. Olympic Festival.
Lananna arrived at Stanford after serving as assistant athletic director and head coach for cross country and track and field at Dartmouth. In 12 seasons with the Big Green, Lananna’s teams won five Heptagonal Track & Field titles and eight straight Heptagonal Cross Country titles. His cross country teams appeared in the NCAA Championships 12 straight times, including two runner-up finishes (1986 and 1987). He was named the NCAA Coach of the Year in 1986.
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. 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 obtained his undergraduate degree from C.W. Post in 1975 in history and psychology.
Lananna received his masters of arts degree from Long Island University in 1989. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two sons – Brian and Scott – who are graduates of Dartmouth.
After an 8 year hiatus from coaching while raising their 9 children, Joan Hunter and her husband Marc took over the Loudoun Valley program in 2012, their son Drew’s freshman year. Drew would obviously go on to have one of the most historic high school campaigns of all time, winning six state championships in Virginia, as well as the New Balance Nationals Outdoor title in the 2 Mile (2015) and Foot Locker Cross Country title (2016). Drew currently competes professionally for adidas.
Since their arrival in Purcellville, Joan and Marc Hunter have elevated Loudoun from relative obscurity to national dominance. Their boys won the Nike Cross Nationals title in 2017 in impressive fashion, breaking the record for lowest point total. They returned as the favorites in 2018 with a most impressive squad with nine boys under 16:00 and a 16:15.9 at No. 10. And win they did at NXN with 77 points, second place being 114 points. Loudoun is favored to win another xc national championship this Fall.
Prior to Loudoun Valley, Coach Hunter coached at James Madison HS and South Lakes HS (where she and her husband coached then freshman, Alan Webb). During this time, they coached numerous state qualifiers and a handful of state champion relays and individuals. They also started a youth running club, NOVA Athletic Club.
LAURIE HENES enters her 2nd year at the helm of the NC State women’s track and field program and her 28th year as a member of the NC State Track & Field staff in the 2019-20 season. In the winter of 2019, she was promoted from Associate Head Coach to Head Coach of the women’s team. Henes began her coaching career as an Assistant Coach for the Pack, before changing roles in the fall of 2016. An NC State graduate, Henes was an NCAA champion, a six-time All-American and a three-time All-ACC performer in track & field. Since joining the Wolfpack coaching staff in 1992, Henes has guided NC State’s female distance runners to 37 All-America certificates and 30 ACC titles on the track. Coach Henes most recently guided her daughter, Elly, to the 2018 ACC title and All-America honors in the outdoor 5,000m, the 2018 ACC Indoor Championship title in the 3,000m, a First Team All-America certificate in the 5,000m, and ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Year honors. She led the trio of Erika Kemp, Rachel Koon and Megan Moye to seven individual All-America accolades from 2015-17. Kemp, a four-time All-American in track & field, most notably earned First Team honors at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships after placing fifth in the women’s 5,000m. Koon notched her first All-America honors as a redshirt sophomore, placing 15th in the women’s 3,000m at the 2017 Indoor National Championships. Moye, who owns the school record in the women’s indoor mile, claimed back-to-back Second Team All-America nods in that event from 2016-17. Henes once again proved her ability to train, coach and unveil some of the top women’s distance runners in the country in 2013 when Joanna Thompson became the third All-American in as many years in the women’s 10,000m under her tutelage. Henes guided Andie Cozzarelli to second-team All-American honors in the 10,000m in 2011 and 2012 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Cozzarelli also earned All-ACC honors in the outdoor 10,000m for the third straight season at the 2013 ACC Outdoor Championships. In all, Henes produced three dual-NCAA Regional qualifiers for the 2013 outdoor season in Cozzarelli (5,000m and 10,000m), Thompson (5,000m and 10,000m) and Erin Mercer (5,000m and steeplechase), while also guiding Samantha Norman to a qualification in the steeplechase. In the 2014 season, Henes coached Thompson (5,000m and 10,000m), Norman and Mercer (steeplechase) to their second NCAA East Regional, and freshman Erika Kemp to her first regional in the 5,000m. Before helping freshman Kenyetta Iyevbele to first-team All-America honors in the 800 meters and both the U.S. and Pan Am Junior Championships in 2011, Henes was also instrumental in coaching Julia Lucas to back-to-back ACC championships in the outdoor 5,000m in 2006 and 2007. She also coached Angelina Blackmon to the ACC crown in the 800m at the 2008 indoor meet. Henes’ top pupil, Kristin Price, was a 10-time All-American (twice in cross country) and six-time ACC champion, including the NCAA championship in 2002 in the 10,000m. Henes also serves as head coach for the NC State women’s cross country program, a role she has held since 2006. A two-time ACC Coach of the Year, she guided the Wolfpack to ACC Championship titles in 2006, 2016, and 2017. Henes also earned NCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors after the Pack claimed regional titles in 2007, 2016, and 2017. Individually, Henes has guided 11 All-Americans, 28 All-ACC performers and three ACC individual champions in cross country since 2006. The women’s team placed fourth overall at the 2016 NCAA Championships, good for the program’s highest finish since 2001. During her illustrious collegiate career, the former Laurie Gomez earned eight All-America citations in track (six) and cross country (twice). She was All-ACC in each of her four years, earning the honor four times in cross country and three times in track. Henes was one of the nation’s top female distance runners, and represented the U.S. at the World Track & Field Championships in Sweden in 1995 after placing second in the 10,000m at the USATF National Championships. A finalist at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 10,000m, Henes missed a spot on the United States Olympic team by just two places. In addition to her athletic success, Henes was awarded the ACC’s Marie James Scholarship and a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She won the H.C. Kennett Award as NC State’s outstanding female athlete for the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons, the only female athlete ever to win the award in back-to-back seasons. Henes earned a B.A. degree in history from NC State in 1992. She has also completed the coursework for a master’s degree in sports management while serving as an assistant coach.
SCOTT CHRISTENSEN’S Stillwater High School teams have been ranked in the national top 10 eight times. He won the 1997 High School National Championship and his squads have captured multiple Minnesota State Championships. Four Stillwater alumni have broken 4:00 in the mile since leaving the program.
Coach Christensen has coached 13 Minnesota State Championship-winning teams and 27 individual Minnesota State Champions.
He was the USTFCCCA Endurance Specialist School junior team leader for the World Cross Country Team in 2003 and the senior team leader in 2008.
Coach Christensen is a 14-year USATF Level II endurance lead instructor.
DAVE FRANK began teaching at Central Catholic in 2000 after eleven years teaching math and coaching at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, CA. At Central Catholic, he was assistant coach to Alberto Salazar from 2000 to 2004 before becoming head coach in 2005. As the Head Cross Country coach, he has taken home ten state titles (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018) and four “runner-up” finishes.
Coach Frank has been privileged to work with four individual state champions: Kenny Klotz in 2005 (Kenny also won in 2004 under head coach Alberto Salazar), Taylor Morgan in 2006, and Kyle Thompson in 2011 and 2013.
At St. Francis he was an assistant coach for the 1998 California state Division III XC champions. He graduated from Gladstone High School, where he won five state titles in Track and XC. He is a former school record holder for the 3000m Steeplechase (8:38) at Stanford University. He is a three time Olympic Trials qualifier in the Steeplechase 1984 and 1988 and Marathon 1992 (PR of 2:18).
DR. RACHEL DALTRY, PsyD earned her degree from La Salle University and is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania and Delaware. During her graduate and post-doctoral training, Dr. Daltry received specialized training in sports psychology and in working with student athletes which included working with athletes and athletic departments at La Salle University and University of Delaware. Dr. Daltry currently is the Director and Chair at West Chester University’s Department of Counseling and Psychological Services and is heavily involved with the athletic department there, where she provides outreach programming and meets with teams and individual student athletes. She is a frequent consultant and referral source for coaches who are concerned about the mental health needs of their student athletes. Dr. Daltry also frequently sees athletes experiencing performance concerns in her private practice in Wilmington, DE.
This is COACH BIELECKI’S 17th year coaching at La Salle College High School. He has been head coach at La Salle since 2007, and in that time the Explorers have 10 PIAA Top 10 XC finishes, with 7 in the top 5, and a PA State Championship in 2017. While at La Salle his teams have won 16 PCL and 11 PIAA District XII titles. He has guided 8 relays to US top 25 rankings including two US #1 DMRs—and in 2013 the Explorers won the Championship of America DMR at the Penn Relays. In 2017, he was named the PTFCA Coach of the Year.
Coach Bielecki was a three-time NCAA All-American at D3 Haverford College—all at different distances (including an NCAA Championship DMR). Post-collegiately, he was the top Philadelphian in the Broad Street Run for three consecutive years. Additionally, he teaches history at La Salle.
JESSIE MAGOTO is an English Teacher and Head XC Coach at Minster High School, OH. Coach Magoto has been the head coach since 1999 where despite their school size, her teams have dominated the competition. They earned 12 State Championships, 4 State Runner Ups and qualified for 22 State Championships. Coach Magoto also was at the helm for 13 Regional Championships, 7 Runner Ups and 22 District Championships. Minster HS also garnered 20 MAC Championships and went beyond the state level to capture 13 Regional Championships, 7 Runner Ups and 22 District Championships. Individually, Sunni Olding won the State Championships in 2000, 2002 and 2003. She placed 10th in 2002 and 5th in 2003 at Footlocker XC. Emma Watcke also won the State Championships in 2017 and was runner up in 2018, (as was Bernadette Burke in 2005). In total, Coach Magoto has had 43 All Ohio cross country runners. Her 2016 team broke 3 state records: lowest points at the meet (38); largest margin of victory (57); and most state titles by a team (10). In 2017, her team rebroke the same 3 records: lowest points at the meet (34); largest margin of victory (97); and most state titles (11). In 2018 her team rebroke the state record for most state titles by a team (12) and in 2019 again claimed the state record for most state titles (13). Coach Magoto was also the Head Track coach from 2000-2001 and then from 2011 to present when Minster HS won the State Championships in 2000 and 2018 and was State Runner Up in 2015, 2016 and 2017. To date, Minster HS Track has 4 individual State Champions, 9 Regional, 10 District and 8 MAC Champions plus 29 individual All-Ohio athletes and 31 All-Ohio Relays. This success has garnered Coach Magoto the 2015 NFHS State Coach of the Year for track and field and the NFHS State Coach of the Year for cross country in 2016 and 2018. She has been named the District Coach of the Year 8 times and the Mideast Coach of the Year in 2016, 2017, and 2018. She also has the distinction of being given the Sports Ethics and Integrity Award as well as the Fred Daffler State Coaches Award.
GINA BARANSEVICIUS, MA, RD, LDN
MARCUS O’SULLIVAN is the Director of Track and Field Coach/Cross Country Coach at Villanova University, and is also the Head Coach of the men’s program. The past several years with Coach O’Sullivan at the helm have been an extended period of success for Villanova. Over a four-year stretch (2012-13 through 2015-16 academic years), the Wildcats amassed 39 All-America honors and 73 BIG EAST champions in addition to adding two more Penn Relays wheels to the program’s unrivaled collection. From a team standpoint, Villanova has won seven BIG EAST team titles in the past three years, beginning with consecutive “Triple Crowns” in 2013-14 and 2014-15 when the team was conference champions in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field. Last year, the Wildcats continued the momentum by winning their third straight indoor crown.
As a Villanova student-athlete, O’Sullivan is one of the most decorated runners in the history of the Wildcats program. He ran the third leg of a national champion distance medley relay in 1981 and was the anchor of the 1983 two-mile relay squad that also won a national title.O’Sullivan also won six Penn Relays titles and was a 10-time BIG EAST champion, which is tied for the third most conference titles in school history. He won championships at the Penn Relays in the 4×1500 meter relay three times during his career (1981, 1982, 1984) and was also a two-time champion in the 4×800 meter relay (1982, 1984) in addition to winning a DMR title in 1981. O’Sullivan was honored for his career accomplishments in 2004 when he was inducted onto the Wall of Fame in Villanova Stadium.
As a professional athlete post-collegiately, Coach O’Sullivan became a three-time world indoor champion at 1500 meters and a world record holder. He is also a four time Olympian and has run over 100 sub 4 minute miles. A native of Ireland, O’Sullivan’ came to Villanova as part of the “Irish Pipeline” that started at the university in the 1950’s. Since then, O’Sullivan is one of more than 30 talented athletes from Ireland that have come to Villanova, a group which includes a number of world-renowned and accomplished athletes.