My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I actually have a summary list of each of beer I drank in 2014. That “Beer of the Day” list can be found at link below:
I have a summary list on my 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of Institution: Transylvania University
Location: Lexington, KY
When you coach you get to meet some special people and families. One of those happens to be the family of Don Lane who coached men’s basketball at Transylvania University from 1975-2001, compiling a record of 509-241.
Don retired after guiding the 2000-01 team to a No. 1 ranking and a 27-2 record. When he retired, his 524 wins overall ranked fourth in the NAIA. Also during his tenure, 92 of 97 four-year players earned degrees.
While I was coaching at UNC Pembroke (then Pembroke State) we got to play Don’s team and they were always impeccable prepared and if you watched them closely you learned a lot. Don also was fun to be around and his voice was a dead ringer for Mr. Haney from the TV show Green Acres.
When Don retired in 2001 he was replaced by his son Brian Lane who played for his dad from 1986-1990.
Brian is now the #2 on the all-time win list for coaches behind his dad. For those that know something about Transylvania Basketball Brian has passed Lee Rose and C.M Newton on that list. C.M Newton is shown in photo below. His son Martin Newton is the Athletic Director at Samford University in Alabama. Amazing that two sons like Brian and Martin following in their dad’s footsteps.
I also have two good friends Rick Miller and Richard Skaggs who played for C.M Newton at Transylvania. Rick coached basketball at Western Carolina University and Richard at Kentucky State University.