Mike Laninga was promoted to Director of Communications on Aug. 20, 2013 after serving two years as the Assistant Director. He came to UIC in the Fall of 2010 on a part-time basis and was advanced to full-time status in 2011.
From 2009-10, Laninga served as the Assistant Director of Communications at the Horizon League, handling the communications efforts for men's and women's soccer, swimming and diving, baseball and softball. He also worked closely with WebStream Productions to develop and add content to the Horizon League Network web site.
From 2008-09, Laninga was a communications intern at the Big Ten Conference, where he was the primary media contact for soccer, swimming and diving, track and field and golf.
Laninga graduated in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in sport administration from Ball State University, where he was a student assistant in the athletics communications and marketing department, and lettered on the Cardinals' track & field team.