- Robert Ladanyi
Robert Ladanyi (pronounced La-DA-knee) is in his 10th season as an assistant coach at Florida. He coaches the Gator uneven bar performers and also shares the team’s conditioning coach duties.
Two milestone events in Gator gymnastics uneven bars history happened in 2013. Mackenzie Caquatto became the fifth Gator to earn a perfect 10.0 on bars with her mark versus Missouri. On the final day of the 2013 season, Alaina Johnson claimed the NCAA uneven bars title – a first for the Gator program. Bridget Sloan kept the NCAA bars title with the Florida program when she won the 2014 event. Half of the Gators’ bars lineup advanced to the NCAA Individual Event finals in each of the last two seasons, with all finishing among the final four in 2013 and top six in 2014. Sloan won the Southeastern Conference bars title in 2013 and Johnson was the 2012 league winner on the event,
Under Ladanyi, the Gators held the No. 1 spot in 24 of 29 national uneven bars rankings (from 2011 through 2013), turned in 41 individual bar marks of 9.95 or better and seen the Gators claim a total of 10 All-America honors on the event. Florida’s nine appearances in the last four NCAA Individual bar finals leads the nation. Eight of the Gators’ all-time top-five totals for the event have come in the last two seasons, including the 2013 high of 49.675, which stands second all-time for the program.
Ladanyi coached vault and the team on their tumbling skills when he first joined the Gator coaching staff. The upgrade was immediately seen in his first season in 2006 as the Gators gained a reputation among the nation's collegiate programs for their difficulty throughout the floor lineup. Florida’s 12 representatives from 2006-10 in NCAA floor exercise final competition was tops among the nation’s gymnastics programs.
In 2008, Florida sent four to the NCAA floor final (Amanda Castillo, Corey Hartung, Ashley Reed and Nicola Willis) with Willis leading the Gators by cumulating her UF career with a third-place finish. Half of Florida's floor lineup earned All-America honors in 2006 and 2007, with Savannah Evans (2006 and 2007), Hartung (2006 and 2007) and Reed (2007) advancing to the NCAA Event Final. Hartung finished her UF career in 2009 by taking third in the NCAA floor final. A pair of Gator freshmen – Marissa King and Ashanée Dickerson advanced to the 2010 NCAA floor final.
The Gators also were successful in vault under Ladanyi’s supervision. He saw seven additions to the program's all-time top-10 vault team totals list from 2007 to 2010. A Gator took at least a share of nine vault event titles during the course of the 2006 campaign. Two Gators advanced to the 2007 NCAA vault event final - Castillo and Evans. A Gator claimed at least a share of all but two 2008 regular-season vault titles and Reed won the SEC and NCAA Southeast Region vault titles. In 2009, Florida gymnasts claimed five regular-season vault titles and Maranda Smith advanced to the NCAA vault final. King and Dickerson also represented UF in the 2010 NCAA vault final.
His peers recognized Ladanyi and fellow Gator assistant Adrian Burde as the 2011 and again in 2013 as the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women (NACGC) Southeast Region Assistant Coaches of the Year.
Ladanyi came to UF from the Mihaiuc Gymnastics Academy (MGA) in Webster, Texas, where he had coached since 2002. Three gymnasts advanced to the National Junior Olympic Championships during his time at MGA. He also was an assistant coach at the Academy of Gymnastics and Dance in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2001-02.
Before coaching in the United States, Ladanyi was head coach of CSM in Baia Mare, Romania (1992-97). Part of his responsibilities included coaching the Romania Junior National team from 1994-97. Three gymnasts he coached were selected for the 1999 Romanian Senior National team, while Monica Sabou was the alternate for the 2001 Romanian World Team. Ladanyi then left his native Romania to become the head coach at S.G. Amsicora in Cagliari, Italy from 1997-01.
Ladanyi graduated from the Romanian National School of Coaching in 1994 with a degree in International High Level Gymnastics. He trained with the Romanian National Team where he was an all-around competitor who excelled in parallel bars and rings before an injury forced him to retire from competition at age 19.
Ladanyi has two daughters, Gabriella, who was born in December of 2004 and Laila, who arrived in May of 2009. Gabby is an aspiring gymnast herself, taking the 2012 Texas Level 6 Junior A1 state uneven bars title and was runner-up in 2013 Texas Level 7 Junior A1 bars competition. She qualified for TOPS (Talent Opportunity Program) national testing in 2013 and was identified among the nation’s top 120 gymnasts. As one of the program’s top gymnasts, Gabby attended USA Gymnastics camp.