Beginning his 12th season as the assistant track & field coach at Washington University in St. Louis in 2018-19, Lane Lohr has made a tremendous impact on the Bears' track & field program.
Overall in his 11 years with the Washington University track & field program, Lohr has coached a pair of NCAA Division III National Champions in the women’s pole vault – Morgen Leonard-Fleckman (2008 Indoor) and Anna Etherington (2014 Outdoor). Most recently in 2017 he coached Rebecca Ridderhoff to the outdoor National Championship in the 400-meter hurdles as well as Daisy Ogede to the 2016 indoor National Championship in the 200 sprint. He also helped mentor two men’s hurdlers to national championships – Dan Davis (2011 Outdoor, 110 hurdles) and Tyler Jackson (2012 Indoor, 60 hurdles). Lohr has coached the Bears to 67 individual All-America finishes during the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Lohr was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women's Indoor and Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year in 2017 after playing a significant role in the first NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in program history. He mentored three women to 12 All-American finishes during the indoor and outdoor season, and Ridderhoff's first place finish in the 400-meter hurdles propeled WashU to the national championship.
He was also named the NCAA Division III Men’s Midwest Region Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA in 2009, 2014 and again in 2017. He has also been part of the WashU staff that has received University Athletic Association (UAA) Coaching Staff of the Year honors 21 times since 2009.
Lohr's 2016 season was highlighted by Ogede's first place finish in the 200 sprint at the Indoor National Championships and Ridderhoff and Kelli Hancock's three, four finish in the 400 hurdles during the Outdoor National Championships. Both Ridderhoff and Hancock ran at a pace below the all-time school record.
Ogede, Hancock and Ridderhoff also combined to receive multiple All-America honors. All three received honors as a relay team during the indoor 1,600, in addition to outdoor All-America honors in the 4x100 (Ogede, Hancock) and 4x400 (Hancock, Ridderhoff).
Lohr mentored Ogede in her sophomore season to runner-up finishes in the 100 and 200 at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Junior Emily Warner also earned All-America honors with an eighth-place finish in the 400, and the women's 1,600 relay team raced to a third-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, becoming just the second 1,600 relay in school history to earn All-America honors. As a team, the WashU women finished third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the highest finish in program history.
In 2014, Lohr had four individuals qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the pole vault (two men, two women), including guiding Anna Etherington to the women’s national title with the fourth-highest vault in NCAA Division III history (4.15m). The WashU track & field teams won three of four UAA titles in 2014 – men’s indoor and outdoor, women’s outdoor – with the Bears’ coaches earning conference Coach of the Year honors for each of the three championships. The WashU women finished tied for sixth at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships and 20th at the Indoor Championships, while the men were tied for 18th outdoors and tied for 58th indoors.
The WashU men's and women's teams swept the UAA Outdoor Championships for the third time in school history in 2009. The WU women's team went on to place fifth at the 2009 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, achieving the highest finish in school history at the time. Under Lohr's tutelage, the WashU women's team also won the 2009 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championship, and the WU men's and women's teams combined to boast 15 All-America performances at the 2009 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championship meets.
The 2012 season saw the WashU women place third at the NCAA Indoor Championships, tied for the highest finish in school history. Overall, the Bears combined to post 13 All-America finishes at the 2012 Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Tyler Jackson’s national title in the men's 60-meter hurdles made him the first Washington University men's track & field athlete in school history to win an indoor national championship. Lohr also coached Anna Etherington to fourth-place finishes in the women's pole vault at both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships. During the 2013 seasons, Lohr mentored Etherington to a tie for fourth at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships and a runner-up finish at the Outdoor Championships.
In 2011, the men's track & field program recorded the highest team finishes in school history at the NCAA Indoor (eighth) and Outdoor (fourth) Championships. The Bears boasted five All-Americans at the NCAA Outdoor meet, including a third-place showing in the decathlon by Ben Harmon and a national championship for Dan Davis in the 110-meter hurdles.
The Washington University men's track & field team swept the UAA indoor and outdoor championships in 2010, 2011 and again in 2012, which brought UAA Men's Coaching Staff of the Year accolades to Washington University following each conference championship. The WashU coaches were also named the UAA Men's Outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year after the Bears won their fifth straight title in 2013. In addition, they received UAA Women's Coaching Staff of the Year honors after WU swept the 2009 indoor and outdoor conference championships, and again when they won the 2012 UAA indoor title.
Prior to being named the full-time assistant track & field coach, Lohr spent two seasons as the Bears' pole vault coach. In that role, he mentored four different vaulters to seven of eight possible UAA titles. Lohr coached Morgen Leonard-Fleckman to the 2008 NCAA Indoor National Championship in the pole vault, and another All-America finish at the 2008 outdoor championships.
Before coming to Washington University, Lohr spent three years (2004-06) as the head track & field coach at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. He led the Lions to a pair of men's NAIA indoor national championships, winning titles in 2005 and 2006.
Racking up accolades as the Lindenwood head coach, Lohr was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Coach of the Year in 2004, the NAIA National Coach of the Year in 2005, and the NAIA Regional Coach of the Year in 2006.
Prior to his time at Lindenwood, Lohr was the head track & field coach and assistant football coach at MICDS in St. Louis, and he was an assistant track & field coach at his alma mater, the University of Illinois, from 1989-90.
As a student-athlete at Illinois, Lohr was a three-time NCAA runner-up in the pole vault, a five-time All-America honoree, and he won four individual Big Ten championships. He was also a seven-time United States Track & Field finalist, and twice qualified to compete in the Olympic Trial finals.
Updated November 24, 2018