Steve Lanpher begins his second year as associate head coach of the Minutewomen in 2011-12. He previously was a member the Vermont staff for four seasons, most recently serving as the Catamounts associate head coach. His background includes 10 years of head coaching experience and nearly 20 seasons overall.
As a member of Sharon Dawley's staff at UVM, Lanpher helped guide the Catamounts to 91 victories, including three postseason appearances and two America East tournament titles.
Prior to joining the Vermont staff he spent four years as head coach of the Norwich University women's basketball team where he guided the Lady Cadets to back-to-back 25-win seasons in 2004-05 (25-4) and 2005-06 (25-5). In 2005-06, Norwich won the GNAC Championship and earned a berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Lanpher, a native of Hancock, Vt., started out his coaching career at West Rutland (Vt.) High School as the head girls' varsity coach from 1990-1993. Following his three-year stint at West Rutland he moved up to the collegiate ranks, taking over the women's basketball program at his alma mater, College of St. Joseph's (Vt.). In his one season at St. Joseph's he led the Fighting Saints to a 12-11 record.
Lanpher left St. Joseph's after one season and spent the next two years serving in the U.S. Army as a Ranger in the First Ranger Battalion in Savannah, Ga.
In 1997, Lanpher returned to coaching, starting up the women's basketball program at Dean College in Franklin, Mass. He spent one season recruiting for the new program and then led the team to a pair of winning seasons. He was named the NJCAA Region XXI Coach of the Year in 1998.
Following the 1999 campaign, Lanpher moved from Dean College to Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kan. In one season, Lanpher improved from an 8-23 mark his first year to an 18-13 record in his second year. It marked the first winning season for the Pratt women's basketball program since 1981 and the 18 wins were a school record. Pratt also advanced to the Region VI Tournament Elite Eight.
After a two-year stint at Pratt, Lanpher moved on to Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the women's program during the 2001-02 season.
Lanpher graduated from College of St. Joseph's (Vt.) in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies and earned his Master's degree in Elementary Education three years later.