CLOVER – Clover High School Principal Rod Ruth and Athletic Director Bailey Jackson have announced that Brian Lane has accepted an offer to become the next Head Varsity Football Coach at CHS following approval of the Clover School District Board of Trustees this afternoon.
There certainly was not a lack of interest in the position, as applicants from coast-to-coast took note of the opening at Clover High School. In total, over 60 applications were submitted from 12 states and abroad.
Lane spent the last three seasons at his alma-mater, Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., where he led the Rebels to a 27-11 record and a pair of 12-win campaigns. Over his ten year coaching career, Lane has an overall record of 88-39. He is a five-time Region Coach of the Year (Region II - 2A four times, and Region II – 4A once), and was named the South Carolina Football Coaches Association 2A Upper State Coach of the Year in 2009.
Prior to Byrnes, Coach Lane spent six seasons as the Head Coach at Woodruff High School where his team won the Upper State Championship in 2011. He won 11 or more games in four of his six seasons at Woodruff.
A 2001 graduate of USC Upstate with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education (emphasis on Social Studies and History), Lane began his coaching and teaching career as the running backs coach at Byrnes. He later moved on to become the Head Football and Wrestling Coach at D.R. Hill Middle School where he taught Social Studies, before returning to Byrnes to become the Co-Offensive Coordinator and Wide Receivers coach. In 2007 he took over his first Head Coaching role at South Florence High School.
His vision for Clover is simple. “My vision is to build this football program as a whole into one of the top programs in the state of South Carolina,” commented Lane.
Coach Lane’s philosophy will be a departure from the previous coaches who have led the Blue Eagle Football Program. “On offense we will be a spread-oriented team with three, four and sometimes five wide receivers. I want my offense to play smart and be physical at the point of attack.”
This kind of a transition from a run-oriented program to a more open-style is not unfamiliar to Lane who made the same sort of philosophical transition with his program at Woodruff. “In 2008, I brought the spread offense to Woodruff HS. They were traditionally a double-wing team. In the previous year, they threw for just over 640 yards and 12 TD's. In 2008, we threw for over 3,500 yards and 35 TD's.”
Defensively Coach Lane wants his team to be aggressive. He stated, “My philosophy is to play aggressively and be disciplined on each play. I want my defense to dominate the run game and pressure the opponents quarterback.”
As noted by both Principal Ruth and Athletic Director Jackson, his track record for developing student-athletes stands out. In ten years he has helped 62 of his student-athletes move on to play football at the next level.”
Lane has lofty goals for the CHS football program, “One of my goals is to get us back to playing championship caliber football like we did in 2007.” He is also eager to immerse himself in the Clover community. Stating, “I can't wait to become a part of the Clover community. This is such a special place. I look forward to the work ahead of us and I'm very blessed and honored to have this opportunity to lead the Clover Football program. Go Blue Eagles!!!”
Coach Lane and his wife, Kenya, are both natives of South
Carolina, they have two boys – B.J. (19) and Jaylin (14).
Principal, Rod Ruth:
“I could not be more excited to have someone of the caliber of Brian Lane at Clover High School. Coach Lane epitomizes the character and integrity we look for in our student-athletes. I look forward to his energy and leadership along our sidelines and down our hallways. Coach Lane has demonstrated a track record on bettering young people in all aspects of their life. They use that betterment as a springboard to success at the collegiate level and throughout an array of life experiences. Coach Lane brings with him an amazing family, and I am excited about having them all a part of Blue Eagle Nation.”
Athletic Director, Bailey Jackson:
“We are more than excited to welcome Coach Brian Lane and his family to Blue Eagle Nation! Coach Lane was the overwhelming choice of our committee. He is a man of strong character, has demonstrated success on the field, and is the absolute best person to lead the Clover High School football program. His experience and success at the highest level of high school football in South Carolina, along with his efforts to foster the development of quality young people, is what separated him from our list of outstanding candidates. Once again, I cannot say enough how impressed we are with Coach Lane and look forward to working with him at Clover High School.”