NCAA All-Americans at Sacramento State
Terry VanLaningham enters his 11th year at Sacramento State. He
coaches the horizontal jumpers, high jump, and multi-event
athletes, while also coordinating recruiting. VanLaningham also
manages and directs all aspects of home competitions, corporate
sponsorship, facility management and assists with team travel.
Under VanLaningham’s tutelage, the Hornet jumps, vault, and multis have experienced a multitude of success. In his 10 seasons he has coached; three NCAA All-Americans, two USATF Junior All-American’s, claimed 46 championships, qualified 44 times to the NCAA championship meets, earned 103 all-Big Sky accolades, have set 32 school records, recorded 140 all-time top 10 marks, and awarded Big Sky conference MVP seven times.
Since 2005, the Hornet horizontal jumpers have been extremely successful. In all, his long and triple jumpers have earned three NCAA All-America honors, won 36 Big Sky titles, claimed 71 all-conference accolades and participated at an NCAA championship 31 times. His jumpers were also impressive in four seasons at Wichita State where they earned six NCAA All-America honors including two NCAA runner-ups while winning 12 Missouri Valley Conference titles.
In 2013, VanLaningham helped continue the Hornets' domination in the horizontal jumps as he coach Sakya Bolton to the Big Sky indoor championship in the long jump and Alanna Coker to a first place finish in the triple jump at the Big Sky outdoor championships.
In 2012, seniors Natalia Wright and Baiba Celma led the way for the women. Wright won the Big Sky triple and long jumps while Celma was victorious in the heptathlon. The pair also combined to earn eight all-Big Sky honors. The women's triple jump crew was arguably the best in the nation, and certainly the deepest, with four Hornets besting 41-feet. For the men, redshirt freshman Anthony Williams had a terrific seasons, finishing runner-up in the high jump at the Big Sky indoor and outdoor meets. He also advanced to the NCAA championships first round with after clearing 6-11.00. The yearly totals for VanLaningham's group included: five Big Sky champions, 12 all-conference honors, six NCAA championship participants, two school records, 14 all-time top 10 marks and two top 50 USATF marks.
VanLaningham’s group continued their dominance in the Big Sky in 2011, winning seven of the eight events he coached. Emilio Hernandez led the men claiming three conference titles while finishing runner up two times. Hernandez qualified for the NCAA championships and met the Olympic Trials B standard for 2012 with jump of 7-01.00. For the Hornet women, Moira Robinson had another banner year. She defended her Big Sky titles in both the outdoor long jump and triple jump while finishing second in the high jump.
In 2010, Ronald Brookins led the way for the Hornet men. He swept the indoor and outdoor league championships and capped off the Hornets collegiate season garnering All-America honors in the long jump. Brookins was also awarded the conference championship MVP for each meet. For the women, Moira Robinson finished the year with five conference championships, seven all-conference honors, and the outdoor championship MVP. She also competed in the NCAA championships first round in the long jump, triple jump and high jump.
The 2009 season was highlighted by junior Ericka Violett who won four conference championships, earned seven all-conference accolades, established eight all-time top five marks, provisionally qualified for the indoor NCAA Championships meet in two events, participated in the outdoor West NCAA Regional championship in three events, established two new school records, was voted Big Sky athlete of the Week three times, and was voted the Big Sky Indoor Championship Field athlete of the Meet. Brookins also had a big year winning the indoor conference long jump title with a mark of 25-02.50.
In 2008, pole vaulter Daniel Imlach qualified for the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. He was joined at the indoor championships by Raphael McFarlane who earned All-America honors in the long jump and named the Big Sky Track and Field Athlete of the Meet at the indoor championships after finishing first in the 60, 200 and long jump and helping the Hornets to their second straight team title.
Hornet jumpers and multi-eventers garnered six conference championships, nine all-conference accolades, competed in five events at the outdoor NCAA West Regional, one qualified and competed at the USATF National Junior Championships, produced 18 all-time top five marks, and set six school records in 2007. VanLaningham guided Imlach to both the indoor and outdoor conference pole vault titles and his jumpers also won three of the four possible conference long jump titles.
In 2006, he helped guide Roshena Duree to an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the heptathlon. Duree also became the first Hornet to be named Women’s Field Athlete of the Meet at the Big Sky Championships. Later that summer, Carly Whitney was named Jr. USATF All-American in the heptathlon.
In 2005, VanLaningham coached Brandon Parker to NCAA All-America honors in the long jump. Parker also won an unprecedented third straight Big Sky outdoor long jump title and captured the Big Sky indoor crown for the second consecutive year.
VanLaningham came to Sacramento State after coaching four seasons with the track and field program at Wichita State where he was responsible for home meet management, coordination of recruiting and working with the Shocker jumpers and multi-event competitors.
While at Wichita State he coached; seven All-Americans, two NCAA runner-ups, 12 NCAA Regional qualifiers, 27 Missouri Valley Conference champions, 57 MVC All-Conference performers, nine school record holders, 70 all-time top 10 marks, two MVC all-time record holders, six MVC Championship Meet record holders, and seven MVC Most Outstanding Field Athletes.
Highlights of his athletes accomplishments at Wichita State include; Randy Lewis competing in the 2004 Olympic Games in the triple jump. During that year he jumped 56-10.75 establishing a new Grenadian national record and finished 13th on the year end world list. In 2003 Lewis competed in the Commonwealth Games, set a school record of 55-1 and finished fifth at the NCAA Championship Meet in the triple jump. Lewis also earned three more All-American certificates in 2002, highlighted by a runner-up finish in the long jump with a distance of 26-01.75. In 2002, Ineta Radevica earned three NCAA All-American awards, highlighted by placing second in the triple jump with a school record distance of 43-10. She also set the long jump school record of 20-9 and competed for her Latvian national team in the long and triple jump in the 2004 Olympic Games.
In 2004, he coached two athletes to U.S.A. national rankings; Paul Speer in the decathlon (26th), indoor heptathlon (16th), and Koya Webb in the women’s heptathlon (37th). Koya was joined by teammate Iveta Grunte to compete at the NCAA outdoor championship meet heptathlon making them one of only two pair to compete in the event from the same university. Paul Speer and NCAA All-American Jens Lukoschat accomplished the same feat while both competing in the decathlon at the 2003 NCAA outdoor championship meet in Sacramento.
Prior to his tenure at WSU, VanLaningham was in charge of the men’s and women’s track and field program at Allen County Community College. He has also served as the head women’s track and field and cross country coach at Dodge City Community College and as the head track and field/cross country coach at Coffeyville Community College for three years (1992-95). While at CCC, his women athletes established 33 new school records and improved from 10th place to fourth in the 16-team Regional Championship. His last two years the women finished ninth and 11th at the NJCAA National Championship meets. Under VanLaningham’s tutelage, the men’s squad at CCC established 22 school marks, finished in the top 10 at both Regional and National Championship meets and had 18 All-Americans.
VanLaningham earned his master’s degree in exercise physiology/sport psycholgy from Kansas State in 1993. While attending graduate school at KSU, VanLaningham also served as a graduate assistant for the Wildcat track and field program. He developed and wrote a psychological skills performance enhancement program for track and field athletes. He is USA Track and Field Coaching; Level 1 and Level 2 certified.
As an undergraduate at KSU, he competed on the track and field team, finishing fourth in the decathlon at the Big 8 Championship in 1988 and 1989. He also placed 13th at the USA National Indoor Pentathlon Championship meet in 1989.