Mike Lane begins his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Bucknell women's basketball program in the fall of 2017. 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 four players -- Claire DeBoer, Audrey Dotson, Sune Swart, and Kaitlyn Slagus -- to a combined six All-Patriot League honors. DeBoer capped her career by winning the Patriot League MVP and Patriot League Tournament MVP awards in 2017, while Swart is widely considered the most improved player from her freshman to senior season in team history. Slagus was the 2016 Patriot League Rookie of the Year.
Bucknell's frontcourt has proven to be all-around complete players under Lane's direction, most notably DeBoer. She wrapped up her career with the third most points (1,678), third most rebounds (899), and ninth most assists (290). Just two years before, Dotson graduated with 1,241 points, 630 rebounds, 113 blocks, and shot 80 percent from the line over her final three seasons.
Lane has been with Roussell since the beginning of his time at Bucknell, helping take the team from a 5-25 record in the season prior to their arrival to a program-best 27-6 mark, Patriot League title, and appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2017. The Bison's 101 wins during Roussell and Lane's tenure are the most in any five-year stretch in team history.
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.