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Lane resigns as Clackamas girls' basketball head coach

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Todd Lane stepped down after he led the Cavaliers (23-5) to a Mt. Hood Conference title and was named the league's Coach of the Year.

REVIEW/NEWS PHOTO: JIM BESEDA - Todd Lane (center), flanked by assistants Mike Reiner (left) and Korey Landolt, stepped down as Clackamas High School's girls' basketball coach after eight seasons with the program, including six as head coach.Todd Lane has resigned as girls' basketball coach at Clackamas High School after leading the Cavaliers to the Mt. Hood Conference title and being named the league's 2016-17 Coach of the Year.

Lane said he stepped down for personal reasons on Monday -- three days after the No. 3-ranked Cavaliers' dropped a 45-33 decision to Sunset in the consolation semifinals of the 6A girls' tournament at the Chiles Center. The Cavaliers finished with a 23-5 record in Lane's sixth season as head coach.

Lane, 41, said there were a number of circumstances involved in his resignation, but declined to go into specifics beyond saying that one issue -- not the only one -- is that he and his wife, Justine, are expecting their first child in July.

"Surprisingly, it wasn't too hard of a decision," said Lane, named the 2016-17 Mt. Hood Conference girls' basketball Coach of the Year. "I've been thinking it for awhile. There were some challenges this year, and over the last couple of year, and it was just time for me to go and turn it over to some new voices."

Lane spent eight seasons with the girls' basketball team, the first two as an assistant to Ken Trapp. In six seasons as the Cavaliers' head coach, Lane compiled a 122-40 record, including a 9-9 playoff record.

"It's been eight years of my life where you're dedicated most of your year to the program, even though I continued to coach baseball," said Lane, a 1994 graduate of Clackamas High School who will retain his position as a baseball assistant. "Even when I was an assistant with Ken, I was doing basketball stuff most of the year.

"From that standpoint, it was a big chunk of my life, but it was fun. The positives certainly outweighed the negatives, and I had a lot of good experiences and a lot of great moments and worked with a lot of great kids. I'm proud of my time with the program and what I was able to accomplish."

This season, Clackamas went 14-0 in Mt. Hood Conference play to win their first league championship since 2010-11 season when the Cavaliers were a member of the Three Rivers League.

In the playoffs, the Cavaliers opened with wins over McMinville and Westview, but then lost to league rival Oregon City in the quarterfinals and Sunset in the consolation semifinals.

"I can separate the last two games from the whole season, because I've been doing this for a long time," Lane said. "Yeah, it wasn't fun. I didn't like it. You never want to lose the last two games, especially the way we did, just not playing up the way we're capable of playing.

"But I'm also able to look past that and see what we accomplished, which was a great season. A whole lot of teams would have taken 23-5. I understand when you look at it right now, less than a week out, all you see is we went down to the Chiles Center and we laid an egg."

Lane said it was no coincidence that his decision came so soon after the state tournament.

"This is a decision that I've been thinking about for awhile," Lane said. "My reason for doing it on Monday was for the program, first and foremost.

"This is the time, right after the tournament until spring break, when coaches start planning their summer ball. I didn't want to hold the program hostage, I didn't want to hold the job hostage, if I knew what I was going to do.

"If I didn't know what I was going to do, I wouldn't have done it. But because I did know, I didn't want to drag it out."

Clackamas assistants Korey Landolt and Kevin Berry are both expected to apply to be the next head coach.

The Cavaliers graduated four seniors from this season's varsity roster, but return all five starters, including all-league, first-team selections Alyson Miura, Bri Phiakhamngon, and Kalani Hayes. Ciara James, named to the all-league second team, and Elly Bankofier, who earned honorable mention, also are eligible to return.