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Lane resigns as Calloway hoops coach

By Daniel Paulling dpaulling@paducahsun.com

Calloway County head boys basketball coach Bruce Lane resigned Tuesday, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

"You miss out on a lot of time with them (while coaching)," he said of 9-year-old daughter Olivia and 7-year-old son Stephen. "I just felt like it was a good time in my life to make a change and spend more time with my family."

The Lakers posted a 123-88 (.583) record throughout Lane's seven-year tenure after going 144-65 (.689) in the prior seven years under Terry Birdsong. Lane served as an assistant coach for Birdsong during that time and for one year at Caldwell County in Lane's 15-year coaching career.

Lane, the KABC First Region Coach of the Year, said he doesn't plan to coach again soon but wouldn't dismiss the possibility he would return to the profession eventually.

"I love basketball," the 44-year-old said. "You never say never in this business."

The Lakers went 19-9 this season with two regular-season wins against McCracken County and one against Marshall County, the two teams that played in the First Region championship. Their season ended with a 55-48 loss to McCracken County in the first round of the First Region tournament, the fifth time under Lane they failed to advance past that round.

The Lakers lose just two players, Michael Arnett and Tristan Crady, to graduation and return juniors Parker Adams (13.4 points per game), Skyler Hunter (11.8) and Connor Wagner (10.5).

Lane told his players after school Tuesday afternoon of his plan to resign, according to junior guard Wade Carter. Carter said his favorite memory of playing under Lane came in the 2012-13 season, when the Lakers went 23-9 and made the First Region championship.

"I'm disappointed to see him go," Carter said. "He was a good guy to us. He was a good coach who knew when to yell at us and when to talk to us as a regular guy. I really enjoyed playing under him for three years. We're really going to miss him."

But Lane said he has no regrets about his decision.

"I've thought about it a lot for the last three or four weeks," Lane said. "It's weighed heavily on me. There are always a couple of factors outside of coaching that play into it. The last couple of weeks, I've enjoyed my time with my family."

Call Daniel Paulling, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8662, or follow on Twitter @DanielPaulling.

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