Spokane Community College Square Spokane Falls Community College
Linda Lanker
Linda Lanker

Men's and Women's Track & Field Assistant Coach


Linda has been successful as an athlete as well as a coach in her 27 year career in track and field. As a teen Linda was ranked in the top four nationally from 1972 to 1977 and held several Arizona State and National records in the 400 hurdles and the 100 high hurdles.  She achieved All American status in 1974 when she won the Junior National Championships and that same season broke the National record at the Women's National Championships in the 400 meter hurdles.  Linda currently holds nine Inland Northwest Masters track and field records in the sprints and the hurdles and won Masters Athlete of the Year in 2000.  As a coach Linda led the Valley Christian Panthers to two state titles, boys in 2000 and girls in 2001 as well as coached Valley Christian High School to their first two state trophies in cross country.  She received the Washington State High School Boys Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2002 and won girls district Coach of the Year in 2001.  In her first year coaching the Sasquatch hurdlers her athletes won three out of four NWAACC hurdle titles and she had eleven hurdlers receive All-Conference.  She has had 10 NWAACC Hurdle Champions since then and 22 JC All-Americans.  In 2006 Linda was named junior men's hurdle coach for the US National Team that competed at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing China.  Her athletes performed very well and her 400 hurdler won the only individual gold for the U.S.   Linda and her husband Glen have three wonderful children, Kristen, Alissa, and Joe.