Longtime NCAA coach Randy Lane has been appointed head coach of the newest NCAA gymnastics program: the Long Island University Sharks.
Lane is well known in the gymnastics world, having coached at four different NCAA programs over the past 25 years. He was also the first to hint at the addition of a new college program back in March when he appeared on the Half In, Half Out podcast. Soon after, LIU announced its team.
“I so appreciate the opportunity that Dr. Martinov and Dr. Kimberly Cline have entrusted me to lead the newly added women’s gymnastics program. After speaking with administration at great length, I knew this would be a great fit for me as head coach. LIU’s passion and support for adding gymnastics, and the philosophy of positive learning and growth for student athletes coincides perfectly with my own core values and coaching philosophy. I am truly excited to start to establish the first family of talented and dedicated coaches and athletes, and work toward creating a legacy at LIU.”Randy Lane, Long Island University Gymnastics Head Coach
Lane has coached at UC-Santa Barbara, Florida, Michigan State, and UCLA–the last of which being where he has spent the majority of his coaching career. During his most recent stint with the Bruins, Lane served as associate head coach for eight years, helping the team to a national title in 2018 alongside head coach Valorie Kondos Field.
LIU will begin competition this winter as a member of the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL). The league consists of seven Division I universities in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, including George Washington University, LIU, North Carolina State University, Towson University, University of New Hampshire, University of North Carolina, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Per LIUAthletics.com, student-athletes are encouraged to fill out this questionnaire for more information.