Dan Lanning
Lanning with Oregon in 2022
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceBig Ten
Biographical details
Born (1986-04-10) April 10, 1986 (age 37)
North Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Playing career
2004–2007William Jewell
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2008–2010Park Hill South HS (MO) (ST/DB/WR)
2011Pittsburgh (GA)
2012Arizona State (GA)
2013Arizona State (RC)
2014Sam Houston State (DB/co-RC)
2015Alabama (GA)
2016–2017Memphis (ILB/RC)
2018Georgia (OLB)
2019–2021Georgia (DC/OLB)

Daniel Arthur Lanning (born April 10, 1986) is an American football coach at the University of Oregon. He was previously the defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach at the University of Georgia from 2019 to 2021.

Lanning played college football at William Jewell College as a linebacker from 2004 to 2007, he held various coaching positions at Park Hill South High School in Kansas City, Missouri, the University of Pittsburgh, Arizona State University, Sam Houston State University, the University of Alabama, the University of Memphis, the University of Georgia, and the University of Oregon.

Playing career

Lanning played linebacker at William Jewell College in Missouri from 2004 to 2007. While attending William Jewell, he lived in a house on Elizabeth Street and was roommates with Trent Figg, formerly an offensive analyst under Lanning at Oregon.[1]

Coaching career

Early career

After his playing career at William Jewell ended, Lanning spent three seasons working at Park Hill South High School as the special teams coordinator, defensive backs coach, and wide receivers coach. Aspiring to be an NCAA Division I football coach, Lanning drove thirteen hours to Pittsburgh to convince the coaching staff led by Todd Graham, who he had met at coaching clinics attended by the Park Hill South staff at Tulsa.[2] He was subsequently hired as a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh for one season before following Graham to Arizona State as a graduate assistant. He was promoted in 2013 to the on-campus recruiting coordinator.[3] He was hired away to be the defensive backs coach and co-recruiting coordinator at Sam Houston State in March 2014.[4] He spent 2015 as a graduate assistant at Alabama, where the Crimson Tide defeated Clemson 45–40 in the CFP National Championship game.

Lanning was hired to be the inside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Memphis in December 2015, reuniting with Mike Norvell who was the offensive coordinator at Arizona State when Lanning was a graduate assistant and on-campus recruiting coordinator.[5][6]


Lanning was hired in 2018 by Georgia as the outside linebackers coach.[7]

After Bulldogs defensive coordinator Mel Tucker left to accept the head coaching position at Colorado after the 2018 season, Lanning was promoted to defensive coordinator in addition to his duties as the outside linebackers coach.[8]

Following Georgia's victory in the Sugar Bowl, Lanning received a raise to $1.25 million.[9] In 2021, Lanning was considered for the Kansas head coach vacancy. However, the position ended up going to Lance Leipold.[10]

In Lanning’s final year, Georgia would finish undefeated in the regular season, going on to win the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship, defeating the Michigan Wolverines in the Orange Bowl semifinal and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Championship Game.[11][12]


On December 11, 2021, Lanning was named the 35th head coach at the University of Oregon, replacing Mario Cristobal after his departure to become the head coach at the University of Miami.[13][14] Lanning signed a six-year, $29.1 million contract with the Ducks.[15] In his first season with the Ducks, Lanning led the team to a 9–3 regular season record highlighted with ranked victories over BYU, UCLA, and Utah.[16] The Ducks earned a spot in the Holiday Bowl, where they defeated North Carolina 28–27.[17]

In the 2023 season, Lanning led the team to an 11–1 regular season record, with the lone loss coming to #7 Washington on October 14.[18] The Ducks had a rematch with Washington in the Pac-12 Championshp, falling 34–31.[19] Oregon finished the season with a 45–6 victory over Liberty in the Fiesta Bowl.[20] Amid speculation, Lanning remained at Oregon following Nick Saban's retirement from Alabama in early 2024. Lanning's two immediate predecessors at Oregon, Mario Cristobal and Willie Taggart, had both left early for different head coaching jobs.[21]

Personal life

Lanning and his wife, Sauphia, have three children. While at Memphis, Sauphia was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and underwent chemotherapy treatments.[22] Sauphia was deemed cancer-free in 2017 after months of treatments.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Oregon Ducks (Pac-12 Conference) (2022–2023)
2022 Oregon 10–3 7–2 T–2nd W Holiday 16 15
2023 Oregon 12–2 8–1 2nd W Fiesta 7 6
Oregon Ducks (Big Ten Conference) (2024–present)
2024 Oregon 0–0 0–0
Oregon: 22–5 15–3
Total: 22–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


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  3. ^ Barnett, Zach (February 5, 2019). "Dan Lanning wanted to coach in FBS, so he drove through the night to make it happen". Football Scoop. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
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  5. ^ "Norvell Adds Lanning to Defensive Staff". University of Memphis Athletics. December 8, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
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  10. ^ Austin, Brooks (April 28, 2021). "Report: Lanning Out of Kansas Head Coaching Search". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 2, 2024.
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  18. ^ "2023 Oregon Ducks Schedule and Results". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 2, 2024.
  19. ^ Anderson, Mark (December 2, 2023). "No. 3 Washington rallies to beat No. 5 Oregon 34-31 and secure playoff spot". AP News. Retrieved January 2, 2024.
  20. ^ La Rue, Israel (January 1, 2024). "Oregon Dominates Liberty, Wins Fiesta Bowl 45-6". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 2, 2024.
  21. ^ Olson, Max (January 11, 2024). "Dan Lanning not taking Alabama job, staying at Oregon". The Athletic. Retrieved January 11, 2024.
  22. ^ Schad, Tom (May 8, 2017). "Memphis football family helps celebrate cancer fight milestone". Memphis Commercial Appeal. Retrieved August 12, 2020.