Lanham joins Duke wrestling staff

By Meredith Rieder | July 28, 2010, 3:42 p.m. (ET)
DURHAM, N.C."”Duke University wrestling head coach Clar Anderson has announced the addition of Glen Lanham as an assistant coach to the program for the 2010-11 season. Lanham will assist Anderson in all facets of the program and will take a lead in the Blue Devils' recruiting efforts. He also will work closely with the middle and upper weight classes.

Lanham joins the Blue Devils after three seasons as an assistant coach at Purdue University of the Big Ten Conference. Possessing a wealth of experience in coaching wrestling at all levels, Lanham helped head the Boilermakers' recruiting efforts and worked closely with the middle weight classes.

"We are very excited to have Glen join our program here at Duke" Anderson said. "He brings with him a lot of experience at all different levels and I know that will be instrumental in Duke's success on the mat. His recruiting and coaching resume speaks for itself and he will have an immediate impact on the Blue Devil wrestling program."

Lanham quickly impacted the Purdue program, helping several Boilermakers to breakout seasons. He mentored a selection of student-athletes to the NCAA Championships during his three seasons. Under Lanham's watch Luke Manuel earned three bids to the NCAA postseason and climbed to as high as fifth at 174 pounds.

The Boilermakers' last two recruiting classes have garnered a wealth of national honors with help from Lanham, including the nation's No. 12 class from It marked the second straight top-20 national recruiting class for the Boilermakers as they reeled in three of the nation's top-100 ranked recruits, including a pair of 2009 USA Wrestling Junior national champions.

Prior to his three years at Purdue, the former Oklahoma State competitor coached at the University of North Carolina for four years. With the Tar Heels, Lanham also worked closely with the middle to upper weight classes and headed their recruiting efforts.

In his time in Chapel Hill, Lanham tutored four Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Champions and nine NCAA Championships qualifiers. He also went to great lengths to improve the Tarheels' program, bringing in an Intermat Wrestling Top-25 recruiting class in 2006-07.

Prior to UNC, Lanham worked as a high school teacher and wrestling coach in Oklahoma from 1991-2003. He was at Midwest City High School for seven years, where he mentored several state champions and sent them on to prestigious college programs. While at Midwest City, he was also volunteering his time at Oklahoma University with several All-Americans.

Lanham served as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma State University (OSU) from 1988-1991, helping the Cowboys to a pair of NCAA Championships. As a college competitor, he garnered All-American honors at both OSU and the University of Tennessee, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in human service with an emphasis in juvenile counseling in August of 1988. He competed internationally post-college as a member of the Sunkist Kids team and was freestyle wrestling All-American.