Lanning joins Casey Martin at Oregon


Growing up in Sarasota, Brad Lanning became a good enough golfer to earn a scholarship to Stanford where he teamed with Casey Martin and Notay Begay to win an NCAA championship.

Now his job is to recruit and develop high school golfers to beat his alma mater.

For the last two years, Lanning was coaching golf at Valor Christian High School in Highland Ranch, Colo., a Denver suburb.

Valor was good enough to win two state titles, and the star of the team was highly recruited. Martin, who was the head coach at Oregon, was interested.
He contacted his old teammate about persuading Valor's star to attend Oregon.

Martin didn't land the recruit, but got Lanning instead.

The two Stanford teammates reconnected and Lanning started his new job as Oregon's assistant golf coach July 1.

"I always wanted to get into coaching," said Lanning, who was an assistant at Saint Stephen's in Bradenton for two years before moving to Colorado.
"Casey and I always kept in touch, and when he told me he was going to need an assistant, I was interested. We were college teammates for three years."

Martin has a debilitating and incurable circulatory disease called Klippel Trenaunay Weber syndrome that makes walking the golf course perilous and prohibitive. He won a Supreme Court decision in 2001 to be able to use a golf course on the PGA Tour, but he wasn't able to earn enough money to keep his tour card.

"I'm really excited to have Brad on board," said Martin, who has been the coach of the Ducks for five years. "He's a very well-rounded individual and is going to add a lot to our program."

 A 1994 Stanford graduate with a degree in political science, Lanning played the min-tours for six years and also worked as a stock broker. He earned his master's in counseling at Denver Seminary in 2011

"I'm almost pinching myself right now about having the opportunity to come into this environment at Oregon and be a part of such an amazing and talented staff within the athletic department," Lanning said. "I'm truly grateful and honored to be here."


Lanning and his wife Pamela will celebrate their 10th anniversary this summer. They have one son, Gavin, 7, and one daughter, Ashley,6.

 

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