"It is with great joy and expectations that I have announced Coach Greg Lansing as the new Head Men's Basketball Coach at Indiana State University," Prettyman said. "Greg has been a vital component in the resurgence of our program both times he has been on the staff. This time he will get a chance to lead the program to a new level of excellence. Please join me in welcoming Coach Lansing to this new position."
"Certainly this is a special day for me and my family. I can't begin to put into words how excited I am to be the head coach at Indiana State," Lansing said. "This is a place that means a great deal to me and my family, and I am very humbled for this tremendous honor. I want to thank Dr. Bradley and Ron Prettyman for this opportunity; it's not one I will take lightly. Being a high school coach's son, basketball has been my life, so all I can say is that I will give this job absolutely everything I can. I want our players to be students first, good citizens and play in a way that represents the hard working people of Indiana State, Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley."
Lansing returned to Indiana State after a seven-year stint at Iowa. During Lansing's seven years as assistant coach at Iowa, the Hawkeyes went 135-92, received three NCAA Tournament invitations, made three NIT appearances and won a pair of Big Ten tournament titles. Iowa's first league championship came on four wins in four games, making it the first team in the Big Ten to accomplish such a feat. In 2005-06, Iowa earned a 25-9 record, the second-most wins in school history and the first undefeated (17-0) home record for the program, along with a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Iowa earned seven All-Big Ten selections in Lansing's time, as well as 17 Academic All-Big Ten selections and four Academic All-Americans.
Lansing coached four Big Ten rebounding champions, three straight conference leaders in blocked shots and the league's 2005-06 defensive player of the year. Three of his student-athletes reached the NBA, and two from the 2005-06 team were invited to NBA camps.
Throughout his most recent stretch with the Sycamore basketball program, Lansing has been key in recruiting for many talented student-athletes. He has also been a major part of the several all-conference accolades for ISU players, including Harry Marshall and Jay Tunnell, who took All-MVC honors following the 2008-09 campaign. Last season, the Sycamores concluded the regular season by winning six of their final games, including a trio of road contests.
In Lansing's final two seasons of his first stint at Indiana State, the Sycamores posted back-to-back winning campaigns for the first time since 1979 and 1980. When the Sycamores achieved a 16-11 record in 1998, it marked the first winning season for Indiana State since 1980. ISU advanced to the NCAA Tournament in both 2000 and 2001.
Prior to joining the staff at Indiana State, Lansing was the head basketball coach at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa. Roosevelt had not had a winning season in 12 years before Lansing's initial season, but the Roughriders went on to have back-to-back winning seasons under his direction.
Lansing earned his bachelor's degree from the University of South Dakota in 1990 and a master's degree in counseling from USD in 1992. As a member of the Coyote basketball team, he helped South Dakota reach the NCAA Division II Tournament during his junior and senior seasons, marking the first NCAA invitation for USD since 1954. Lansing was twice named the South Dakota Defensive Player of the Year and ranks among the leaders in career assists at USD. Following his playing career, Lansing served as a graduate assistant coach at South Dakota for two seasons before being promoted to full-time assistant in 1992-93.
Greg's father, Dave Lansing, coached high school basketball for 33 years in Iowa. Dave Lansing was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Coaches Hall of Fame during the 1999 Iowa boys' state basketball tournament. Lansing's dad, his mother, Diane, his sister, Angela, and his nephew, Jordan, live in West Des Moines. His brother, Steve, is the head basketball coach at Faribault High School (Minn.), where he was named Regional Coach of the Year in 2004. Lansing is married to the former Angie Menser, who is an Indiana State graduate and a former track and cross country Academic All-American for the Sycamores. She currently serves as ISU's Assistant Athletic Director for Business and Senior Woman Administrator.
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