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Rob Lanier

As of 5/5/22


Rob Lanier was selected to serve as a court coach for the 2022 USA Basketball U18 Men’s National Team during training camp in Houston.


He will enter his first season as the head coach at Southern Methodist University in 2022-23, but he possesses 30 years of collegiate coaching experience.


Lanier’s teams have made 12 NCAA Tournaments, earned 19 total postseason bids and won five conference titles, three regular-season championships and two tournament crowns.


In three seasons at Georgia State, Lanier led the program to a 53-30 record, winning the Sun Belt Tournament in 2022 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers also made the Sun Belt Tournament final in 2021. 


Before he arrived at Georgia State, Lanier spent eight seasons as associate head coach to Rick Barnes, four at Tennessee (2015-19) preceded by four at Texas (2011-15). He also worked for Barnes at Texas from 1999 to 2001.

Lanier also served as an assistant coach at Florida for four seasons (2007-11). Lanier had a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Virginia (2005-07) after his four seasons as head coach at Siena (2001-05)

He also coached at Rutgers and his alma mater, St. Bonaventure.


Lanier was the head coach for a group of American collegians on a tour of the Netherlands in 1995 and later coached summer All-Star teams in Italy (1996), Germany (1998) and Greece (1999 and 2000).


Lanier graduated from St. Bonaventure in 1990. A four-year letterman with the Bonnies, he was a three-year starter and team captain during his senior season. He went on to earn a master’s degree in educational counseling from Niagara in 1993.


Lanier and his wife, Dr. Dayo Lanier, have a son, Emory, and a daughter, Kai.

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