Donovan Hires New Assistant Coach
GAINESVILLE - After spending the past two seasons as an assistant at the University of Virginia, Rob Lanier will join the Florida staff, coach Billy Donovan announced Wednesday.
Lanier will replace former associate head coach Donnie Jones, who left in April to take over as the head coach at Marshall.
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring in an assistant coach of Rob’s caliber,” Donovan said. “He’s a great teacher of the game, a proven recruiter and will be a fantastic addition to our program.”
Lanier is a former head coach at Siena (2001-05), where he led the team to an NCAA Tournament appearance and a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in 2002 and to the second round of the NIT in 2003.\
Lanier also has experience as an assistant coach at St. Bonaventure (1992-97), Rutgers (1997-99) and Texas (1999-2001), and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Niagara in 1990.
A four-year letterwinner in basketball at St. Bonaventure, Lanier was a three-year starter and captained the Bonnies as a senior. The Buffalo, N.Y., native earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Bonaventure in 1990, and his master’s degree in educational counseling from Niagara in 1993.