2020 Clinic Biographies

VIN LANANNA 2016 OLYMPIC COACH

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.

JOAN HUNTER

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.

Joan Hunter is a successful master’s sprinter and miler, placing 5th in her first nationals at 40, running 62.73 for the 400 meters. She was influenced by Tom “Tinman” Schwartz’s advisement and training.

 
Scott Christensen

SCOTT CHRISTENSEN

 

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.

 

RACHEL DALTRY, PsyD

Dr. Rachel Daltry earned her Psy.D. 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.

 

GREG BIELECKI

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. 

 

MARCUS O’SULLIVAN

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.