It is with a heavy heart that the Long Beach City College Athletics Department announces the passing of former instructor, inspiring coach and 2004 Hall of Champions inductee, Joe Lanning. Lanning passed away on Dec. 12, at the age of 90.
Lanning was a mathematics instructor and coach at LBCC from 1955-96. He was head coach for the first-ever state champion track and field team in 1963, and as an assistant coach contributed to 14 more state champion squads. Lanning also led cross country teams to a pair of conference crowns.
In additional to being successful track and field coach, Lanning served as an assistant football coach for four years. In 1960, Lanning had a perfect 10-0 season, won a Jr. Rose Bowl and brought in a national championship.
He was inducted into the California Community College Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1973 and into the 2004 LBCC Hall of Champions.
A tribute for Lanning is being planned and will be a part of the current LBCC Track and Field Program. Donations can be sent to the LBCC Foundation with a notation that it is to honor Coach Joe Lanning.