North Point football Coach Ken Lane resigned on Tuesday, ending a seven-year tenure in which he served as the Waldorf school’s first varsity coach.
Lane, 49, has taught and coached in Charles County for 26 years. He is stepping down to pursue other career options and spend more time with his son, who graduates this year, and his daughter, who will enter high school in the fall. He informed his players of the decision Tuesday morning, and North Point Athletic Director Andy Shattuck said the school would move quickly to find a replacement.
“It kind of felt it was the right time, and hopefully this will be the best thing for the program, for some to come in long range and take the program to the next level,” Lane said.
Originally from upstate New York, Lane started his career in 1986 at McDonough under Larry Johnson, who is now an assistant head coach at Ohio State. Lane moved on with Johnson to T.C. Williams in the early ’90s, later serving as the defensive coordinator at Westlake for eight seasons. He spent five years as an administrator at Lackey before taking over at North Point when the school opened in 2005.
North Point didn’t field a varsity team until 2007, and after going 3-7 in the inaugural season, Lane led the Eagles to six consecutive winning seasons and four Southern Maryland Athletic Conference titles. North Point made playoff appearances in five of those years, including in 2011, when it finished 9-3 and made a run to the Maryland 4A East semifinals. Lane finished with a career record of 52-23, winning eight or more games in four of seven seasons. The Eagles wrapped up the 2013 season with a 6-4 record.
Lane has met with his staff briefly and does not know any definitive candidates for his replacement, but expects significant interest for the position based on the resources at North Point and the learning environment.
“It’s the perfect time for me to do something else and also a great time for whoever is going to be the next head coach,” Lane said. “We played a lot of juniors last year and our younger programs were very successful. It’s a good time to get the right person to take the program to places it’s still hasn’t been yet—that’s my hope.”
Lane, who teaches at North Point, doesn’t rule out coaching in the future, but said it isn’t in his plans right now.
“Something I always talk to our kids here about...football comes directly behind my family. I kind of feel like its the point in time where I need to spend more time doing some personal things and family things,” Lane said. “I feel like the program is in a good place.”