Virginia hires Oregon's Vin Lananna

The University of Virginia hires former president TrackTown USA and USATF.

Posted: Sep 9, 2019 3:59 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2019 4:49 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Vin Lananna, Oregon's Associate Athletic Director and former track and field coach, is leaving Eugene to become Virginia's Director of Track and Field and Cross Country/Associate Athletics Director. 

Lananna led the Oregon program for seven seasons (2005-2012). During that time Oregon won six NCAA titles and 13 conference titles.

The Hoos will need some of that Hayward magic that Lananna brings with him, as the program as never won a NCAA Track and Field outdoor title for men's or women's. 

Lananna was the driving force behind the University's bid that landed the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials, the 2010, 2013 and 2014 NCAA Track and Field Championships and the USTAF Championships in 2009 and 2011. He also helped bring the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships to Eugene. 

But most notably, secured the 2021 IAAF World Championships at new Hayward Field.

“I have been fortunate to have worked with terrific leaders in the world of sport and in the world of business,” said Lananna in the UVA release. “Carla Williams’ (UVA athletics director) vision for UVA athletics is clear, bold and inspirational. I am humbled to join the incredible UVA coaching staff, the professional administrators and the Charlottesville community. I cannot wait to get started.”

Although Lananna gets a fresh start over in the east coast, his actions will be followed closely. In February 2018, just two years into his presidency at USA Track and Field, Lananna was put on "temporary administrated leave" after the U.S. Justice Department launched an investigation of possible corruption to the IAAF's decision of Eugene as the host for the 2021 World Championships. 

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