Clackamas' new head hoop boss has deep roots in Clackamas

CLACKAMAS - Clackamas High School's new head girls basketball coach bleeds the Cavalier school colors, red and black.

Todd Lane, 35, is a Cavalier through and through. He's been involved with coaching Clackamas sports since graduating from Clackamas High School in 1994, and his parents, Gary and Jackie Lane, are longtime supporters of athletics at the school.

'Clackamas High School has huge meaning for me,' says Lane, who moved to Clackamas from Cleveland, Ohio, at age 3. 'I've spent 21 of my 35 years involved with Clackamas athletics in some capacity, either as a player, coach, announcer, scorekeeper, timekeeper…. I've done just about all the jobs available. I don't see myself coaching anywhere else. I'm as Clackamas as you get.'

After assisting in the boys sports programs at Clackamas for 15 seasons, Todd Lane assisted head coach Ken Trapp in the girls basketball program the past two seasons.

'The main reason I switched [from coaching boys to coaching girls basketball] was Ken asked me to,' said Lane. 'I grew up with Ken's oldest son Doug, so I've known the family since I was young….

'I looked at it as a new challenge, and I was excited about the opportunity….

'I put in a lot of work over the last two years, and I really enjoyed [coaching girls basketball], so I put my name in and thought I'd give it a shot.'

From 1997 through 2004, Lane kept score and scouted for Steve Gustovich's Clackamas High School boys basketball teams, while coaching in the youth program.

From 2005 through 2009, he kept score for Clackamas High boys basketball coach Jeff Bair, while coaching middle school classic teams.

Todd Lane played varsity baseball at Clackamas under retired coach Gary Baton, anchoring the varsity infield two years as a first baseman.

He began assisting Baton in coaching the high school baseball team the season after he graduated, and he's coached with the current baseball coach, John Arntson, since Arntson took over the program.

'I've assisted in the high school baseball program every year for the past 17 years, except one year, when I was at Linn-Benton Community College,' said Lane. 'I didn't coach high school ball that year, but I assisted in the summer program.'

Lane says he's had a number of mentors who have helped him develop as a coach, foremost among them, his parents.

He says of his mom, Jackie, who has been a special education assistant at Clackamas High School since 1986:

'Ask anyone at Clackamas High School about my mom, and they'll tell you she does a lot. Her box in the athletic office is for 'Jackie Lane, super woman.' She gets to school before everyone, and I'm sure she's the last to leave. Nobody loves Clackamas High School as much as my mom….

'My mom has done just about everything, from taking tickets, to on-site athletic director for lacrosse. She keeps stats for the track team, and is involved with wrestling and the baseball teams. She will soon be adding girls basketball to that list.'

Todd Lane's love affair with sports began with his father.

'My overall love of sports came from my dad,' Lane said. 'I think I learned to read box scores before I learned to read books. Watching sports with my dad gave me that initial love of sports….

'My dad started watching [Clackamas High] boys games in the early 80's and maybe missed 10 games in a 20-year stretch.'

Todd Lane said the biggest thing he learned from Arntson, who has brought the Cavaliers two state baseball championships, is organization.

'I learned from John, how to run a program,' said Lane. 'From Gustovich, I learned work ethic, where you're always trying to improve yourself as a coach….

'From Ken Trapp, to enjoy coaching. He's competitive and he's a winner, but the biggest thing I learned from Ken is that you have to enjoy the experience.'

Trapp, who coached Clackamas' girls basketball team to the state final and the best season in school history in 2010-11, leaves big shoes to fill.

But Lane is optimistic, despite the loss of several of Clackamas' top players to graduation.

'If we work hard, there shouldn't be much of a drop off,' said Lane. 'But we have to come in and work.'

Lane says he's lined up three assistants to help him run the Cavalier girls basketball summer program: John Stewart, Emma Ward and Jake Austin.

Stewart was freshmen coach last season. Ward is a graduate of Clackamas High School. Austin, a graduate of Centennial High School, has been an assistant in the baseball program.

Lane says of his main goal as Clackamas head girls basketball coach: 'To improve Clackamas girls basketball from the youth program on up - to make it into a program that's respected.'

He says he plans to 'reconnect' the youth program with the high school program.

'They've kind of been apart the last two years,' he said.

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