Randy Lane
Randy Lane

Position:
Associate Head Coach

Experience:
Fifth Season



Randy Lane enters his fifth season as associate head coach for the Spartan gymnastics team. Lane most recently served as an assistant coach for the University of Florida from 2003-06.

His primary focus in the gym is working with the team on the uneven bars and vault. Randy excels at creating various workouts and drills for the bar workers that help improve their technique and difficulty. During his past two seasons as associate head coach, Lane and the MSU coaching staff have helped two separate gymnasts achieve a perfect 10.0 on the vault, then freshmen, Rochelle Robinson during the 2007 competitive season and Rhiannon Banda-Scott during her 2008 season finale. Lane also plays a crucial role in coordinating team travel plans along with being an integral part of recruiting.

"Randy has many years of experience in the collegiate gymnastics world and brings a wealth of knowledge to our program," said head coach Kathie Klages. "I expect the program to rise nationally with his addition to the staff. He is sound technically, a strong spotter and so much fun to have in the gym. Randy encourages the environment to be energy filled and exciting."

While at Florida, Lane assisted with the recruitment of prospective student-athletes, analysis of team workouts and served as the team's liaison between UF's academic advising staff. In addition, he was the lead coach for the uneven parallel bars, scheduled team competition dates, served as the director of the Gator summer camp and worked closely with the alumni and booster relations organizations.

The Gators advanced to the NCAA Championships each of the last four seasons and advanced to the NCAA Super Six twice (2004 and 2006), taking fourth at the 2006 event. The Gators also claimed back-to-back NCAA Regional titles in 2005 and 2006. Lane also directed four Gator gymnasts to All-America laurels in 2006.

On the uneven parallel bars, Lane led Florida to the nation's fourth-highest team total (49.600) in 2004 and directed the Gator gymnasts to the nation's top mark (49.675) in 2003. Under his direction, Florida held the nation's No. 1 position in four consecutive uneven bars rankings during the 2003 season.


Prior to his time at Florida, Lane served as the assistant women's coach at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) on two separate occasions from 1992-94 and 1997-2001. During his most recent stint with the Bruins, he served as the team academic coordinator, scheduled team competition dates and served as the lead coach for the uneven parallel bars event. Lane was named the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) Assistant Coach of the Year in 2000 and also won 1998 West Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors. While at UCLA, the Bruins claimed the NCAA team title in 2000 and 2001, and 19 athletes earned All-America awards. The Bruin gymnasts also claimed a total of eight NCAA individual crowns from 1998-01.

From 1995-97, Lane was the head coach at the University of California-Santa Barbara where he led the Gauchos to a fourth-place finish at the USA Collegiate National Championships in 1996.

Along with his duties as associate head coach for the Green and White, Lane also uses his masters degree in Oriental medicine and acupuncture in a private practice in East Lansing.

As a collegiate athlete, Lane was a member of the University of Illinois men's gymnastics team that claimed the 1989 NCAA Championship crown. He also was part of the Fighting Illini's NCAA runner-up team in 1988 and was a member of two Big Ten Championship squads (1988, 1989). Lane received his bachelors degree in speech communications from the University of Illinois in 1989 and completed his masters degree in Oriental medicine and acupuncture from the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine in 1999.