2018- Utah Assistant Coach
2016-17 Denver Assistant Coach
2006-15 Florida Assistant Coach
2002-05 Mihaiuc Gymnastics Academy Assistant Coach
Academy of Gymnastics and Dance2001-02 Salcianu ELITE - Assistant Coach
1997-2001 S.G. Amsicora (Cagliari, Italy) Head Coach
1994-1997 Romanian Junior National Team Head Coach
1992-97 CSM (Baia Mare, Romania) Head Coach
NCAA Region Co-Coach of the Year: 2011, 2013, 2015
NCAA Champions: 3
Romanian National School of Coaching
Degree in International High Level Gymnastics
Hometown: Baia Mare, Romania
Daughters: Gabby and Laila
Robert Ladanyi (lad-an-knee), a 12-year veteran of NCAA women’s gymnastics coaching and former coach of the Romanian Junior National Team, was hired as Utah’s assistant coach on June 5, 2017. Before joining the Ute staff, Ladanyi spent 10 years as an assistant coach at Florida from 2006-15, followed by two years as an assistant at Denver (2016-17).
Ladanyi has coached three NCAA individual champions—Florida’s Alaina Johnson (2013) and Bridget Sloan (2014) on bars and Denver’s Nina McGee (2016) on floor. Johnson and Sloan were the first two NCAA uneven bar champions in Florida history, while McGee was Denver’s first NCAA titlist on any event. Ladanyi also assisted in three NCAA team championships at Florida from 2013-15 and was named the Southeast Region Co-Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
When Gator head coach Rhonda Faehn left after the 2015 season to become the Senior Vice President of USA Gymnastics, Ladanyi went to Denver as an assistant coach. In his second season at Denver, the Pioneers achieved their best finish ever at the 2017 NCAA Championships, placing ninth.
Ladanyi coached vault and tumbling at Florida from 2006-10. From 2011-15, he coached bars and was the team’s co-conditioning coach. Along with his two national bar champions, he mentored five NCAA individual vault finalists and Florida’s 12 representatives in the NCAA floor finals from 2006-10 led the nation during that span.
Ladanyi helped the Gators to a total of 43 All-America honors on vault, bars and floor, including 37 at the NCAA Championships (15 on floor, 14 on bars and eight on vault). Florida gymnasts achieved an additional six regular-season All-America honors on bars under Ladanyi. In his two seasons as the vault and floor coach at Denver, he had one NCAA champion and two All-Americans to his credit.
Before embarking on his collegiate coaching career, Ladanyi coached at the Mihaiuc Gymnastics Academy in Webster, Texas (2002-05); the Academy of Gymnastics and Dance in Las Vegas (2001-02); and S.G. Amsicora in Cagliari, Italy (1997-2001). While the head coach of CSM in his hometown of Baia Mare, Romania from 1992-97, he also served as coach of the Romania Junior National Team from 1994-97.
Ladanyi was an accomplished gymnast himself, training with the Romanian National Team before retiring from competition due to injury at age 19. He graduated from the Romanian National School of Coaching with a degree in degree in International High Level Gymnastics.
He has two daughters, Gabby (12) and Laila (8).