Class of 1979
Lanz, a 1979 Bethany graduate, was a two-sport star. He was a four-year letterman in football and baseball and helped the Bision to two Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) championships.
In football, Lanz was Bethany's first-ever All-American as he earned the honor in 1978 as a punter. He averaged 43.0 yards a kick to lead the nation for Division III. Lanz helped Bethany to a PAC championship in 1975 and left the College with a punting average of 40.8 yards per kick.
Lanz's baseball career was just as exceptional. He led the Bison to a PAC championship in 1979 with a Conference-leading .545 batting average. A catcher; Lanz was named First Team All-PAC and the PAC MVP following the 1979 season. His career batting average is over .350 and is still among the highest-ever at Bethany.
Aside from his athletic accomplishments, Lanz was named to Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Lanz went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. From 1981 until 1988, he was the construction manager of Burney Intersts in Houston, Texas. Late in 1988, he moved on to be the Director of Construction for Gables Residential Trust.
Lanz and his wife, Teresa, have three children, Alexandra, Austin, and Annie Ryan.