Mike Lane begins his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Bucknell women’s basketball program in the fall of 2016. Lane, a former assistant under head coach Aaron Roussell at the University of Chicago, is responsible for all of the program’s scheduling and works primarily with the post players.
The Bison post players have achieved notable success since Lane’s arrival to Lewisburg prior to the 2012-13 season. He has mentored two players –Audrey Dotson and Claire DeBoer – to a combined four All-Patriot League honors, one Patriot League Rookie of the Year award and two Preseason All-Patriot League nods for DeBoer. Additionally, he guided Lindsay Horbatuck to an outstanding senior season in his first year with the Bison. Horbatuck led the league and ranked 30th nationally with 10.5 rebounds per game.
Bucknell’s frontcourt has proven to be all-around complete players under Lane’s direction. Audrey Dotson scored 1,241 points, pulled down 630 rebounds, had 113 blocks and shot 80 percent from the line over her final three seasons. DeBoer, entering her senior season, already has 1,151 points and 656 rebounds while shooting 73 percent from the line.
After serving under Roussell at Chicago and helping the Maroons to some of the most successful seasons in school history, Lane directed Division III Dominican University to impressive heights during his five years as head coach and athletics facilities manager with the Stars. The 2011 Northern Athletics Conference Coach of the Year, Lane led Dominican to its first-ever NAC South Division title, as well as its first NAC conference tournament appearance. During the 2011-12 season, the Stars advanced to the conference championship, another first for the program, finishing with a 19-9 overall record and a 13-4 mark in the NAC.
Under Lane’s tutelage, Dominican either set or tied the school’s NCAA-era record for wins in a single season three times, most recently in 2010-11 when the team finished 20-7. That same year, the Stars also broke a program record with 216 three-point field goals, giving them the seventh-best mark in NCAA Division III ranks, and also shattered school marks in scoring average (74.1), field goal percentage (.437) and assists (14.8/game). Dominican also ranked sixth nationally in three-point field goal percentage during the 2010-11 campaign, coming in at better than 37 percent.
A native of South Windsor, Conn., Lane is a 1993 graduate of Notre Dame where he earned his degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. He and his wife, Jill, have a 10-year old son, Oliver, and an eight-year old daughter, Sheahan.