Giovanni Lanaro

Giovanni Lanaro

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  • Title:
    Women's Head Coach
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  • Year:
    5th (Head Coach), 16th overall
  • High School:
    West Covina
  • Team:
    Men's and Women's Cross Country / Track & Field
  • Event(s):
    Pole Vault / High Jump
  • Accolades:
    2016 USA Track and Field National Collegiate Pole Vault Coach of the Year
  • University/College:
    Mt. SAC/Cal State Fullerton
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In his 16th season and 5th as Women's Head Coach, Giovanni Lanaro a former "World Class" and Olympic Pole Vaulter brings excitement and knowledge to the Mt. SAC Program working primarily with the pole vaulters and high jumpers. His knowledge and his ability to share and teach it, has been invaluable to Mounties Track and Field Program.  

Since taking over the vault and high jump crews he has worked with 6 individual pole vault state champions (Cameron Van Dieren-2012, Tiziana Ruiz-2014, Reed Scale -2015, Giovanni Hernandez-2016, Christian Mueller-2018, Darla Gonzalez-2019 ), one high jump state champion (Joseph Bryant) and numerous state finalists.  In the pole vault, Lanaro guided Darla Gonzalez to the college record of 13'03"1/2 (4.05M) and vaulters Hernandez and Scale over the 17'00" (5.20M) mark.

In 2017, Lanaro was honored by the USA Track and Field Pole Vault Development/High Performance Committee as the 2016 National Collegiate (all U.S. universities and colleges) Pole Vault Coach of the Year for his phenomenal work with the Mt. SAC Vaulters during the 2016 season.

Lanaro's vaulting career is an incredible one.  His personal best before entering Mt. SAC was a mere 11 feet, 6 inches.  During his freshman year, Lanaro, captured the 2000 California State Community College State Championship and placed 4th at the USATF Junior National Championships.  During his sophomore season, he captured the 2001 USA National Community College Championship and broke the long time school record of 17'01" held concurrently by legendary vaulters Bob Seagren (Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist) and Bill Halverson. That season he surpassed the former record an incredible 8 times, finishing his Mt. SAC career with a best jump of 17'08"1/2 (17'06"1/2 in season).

After Mt. SAC, Lanaro continued his career at California State University at Fullerton, under the guidance of current Mt. SAC Head Coach, Ron Kamaka. While at Fullerton, he garnered the Cal State Fullerton Record (18'04"1/2) and three NCAA Divison 1 All-American Honors.  After college, Lanaro returned back home to Mt. SAC to train and coach alongside former Mt. SAC Assistant Coach and current USATF Men's and Women's Pole Vault National Chair, Brian Yokoyama.

Lanaro who has dual citizenship with the US and Mexico, represented Mexico at 4 World Outdoor Championships, 2 World Indoor Championships, the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens (Greece) and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (China). At the 2006 World Indoor Championships in Moscow (Russia), Lanaro put his mark in the world scene by placing 4th.  The following year, at the 2007 Mt. SAC Relays, he vaulted over 19'01" (5.82M) to set a new Mexican, Central American, Hilmer Lodge Stadium and Mt. SAC Relays Record.  The mark established him as one top pole vaulters in the world and placed him among the world's top ten pole vaulters, a super elite group he continued to be a part of for 6 more seasons.

Lanaro became a full-time professor in the Kinesiology Department at Mt. SAC in 2015.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton and his Masters Degree in Kinesiology from Azusa Pacific University. Lanaro resides in Upland (CA) with his beautiful wife, Mireya (Beltran), a former Mountie and Mexican Heptathlon Record Holder along with their young children, daughter Giuliana and son Noah.

Click here to view the IAAF Article on Giovanni Lanaro prior to the 2006 World Indoor Championships in Moscow. 

Updated 05/11/21