Mike Lane named rowing director, women's head coach

Mike Lane named rowing director, women's head coach

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville University has named University of Pennsylvania head women's rowing coach Mike Lane as its new Director of Rowing/head women's coach, JU Chief Athletics Officer Donnie Horner said Monday.

Lane brings a variety of experience to the highly successful Dolphin rowing program after a highly successful run at Penn which saw the Quaker program crack the national Top 20 in 2008 and earn Top 25 honors each year since 2011.

Under Lane, who took over the top job at Penn in 2006 after three years as assistant, the 2015 team had the highest point total ever for Penn in the Ivy League Championships and the squad has won more Ivy League/Easter Sprints medals (12) than at any other time in the storied program's history. The most recent success came in 2014 in the Varsity C4+ with a gold medal and in 2015 a bronze.

In addition, Penn was the only 2014 team to field every event in the Ivy League Championships and the team grade point average has never been lower than 3.21 under his leadership.

Prior to going to Penn, Lane was men's freshman heavyweight coach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was program director and head coach for the Everett (Wash.) Rowing Association and head women's coach at Everett Community College.

"I am very excited to get the opportunity to work with an outstanding administration, as well as a group of student athletes who are fired up to continue moving JU Rowing forward,'' Lane said. "The leadership of President (Tim) Cost and Dr. Horner and the passion of the JU athletic staff is contagious.   This is one of many reasons I wanted to join this ambitious staff.  I know the leadership is in place to inspire excellence at JU.''

"We conducted an exhaustive national search and have found the coach and mentor to lead our already successful program to higher levels,'' Horner said. "His success at a program with such high regard as Penn and the results his student-athletes have achieved in the class room are compatible to what we strive to be.''

The JU women's team won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title this past spring and participated in the NCAA Championships where the Varsity 8 finished fourth.

"I would not be in this position without (former JU rowing director) Jim Mitchell who laid a foundation of success for JU rowing.  His vision and strong supporters like Brad and Annette Negaard have the JU Rowing program primed to build on its history and take big steps forward in the national rowing scene.''