Jacksonville University named Mike Lane as its Director of Rowing and Head Women’s Coach in October of 2015.
Lane, joining Jacksonville after eight seasons as Penn’s head coach, brings a variety of experience to the highly successful Dolphin rowing program.
"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,'' Chief Athletics Officer Donnie 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.''
In the spring of 2016, Penn recorded its highest points ever at the Ivy League Championship and the Quakers have cracked the national top 20 in 2008 while earning top 25 honors each year since 2011.
In 2008, the varsity eight advanced to the Grand Final at EAWRC Sprints for the first time since 1991, and the Quakers' fifth-place finish was its best since 1982. They repeated that finish at the 2010 Sprints. In addition, Penn's varsity eight won the petite final at Sprints in both 2007 and 2009.
The 2010-11 varsity eight took the Orange Challenge Cup for the first time since 1995, defeating Northeastern and Syracuse on the Charles River in Boston. That feat was repeated in 2012, marking the first time Penn had won the race two years in a row since 1988 and 1989.
In addition, the varsity 4 finished fourth at the 2011 Eastern Sprints, while the second varsity won the petite final at Sprints. As a team, Penn finished sixth in the Willing Points Trophy standings at Sprints for the fourth straight year.
Lane oversaw winning records with his varsity, junior varsity and novice eights in 2006-07. The varsity eight won the Raritan Cup over Cornell and Rutgers for the first time since 2000 -- successfully defending it in both 2008 and 2009 -- while overall the Quakers won the Class of ’89 Plate for the first time since 1994, tallying the most team points against the Big Red and Scarlet Knights. Lane’s success did not end there, as he saw his team have one of the most successful showings at EAWRC Sprints in school history. The Quakers finished fourth in the Willing Team Trophy standings with 45 points, qualified for three Grand Finals, won two medals and had three first-place finishes.
The second freshman 8 became the first Penn boat to win an Eastern Sprints championship since 1983 by taking the gold in their Grand Final. The freshman 8 also experienced great success, winning the silver medal. The varsity 8 capped off its season by winning the Petite Final and finishing seventh out of 18 varsity boats at Sprints. Lane’s biggest surprise at Sprints came from his unranked third varsity 4 “B” boat, which upset Rhode Island to win the Petite Final.
In 2013-14, Penn improved upon its overall Ivy League Championships finish, taking sixth in the overall points standings. In addition, the Varsity 4 C boat became the program's first Ivy champions, defeating four other boats in its final to win gold.
Prior to his appointment at Penn, Lane built an impressive coaching resume. Before arriving in Philadelphia, he served as the men’s freshman heavyweight rowing coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where his responsibilities included organization and management of the freshman team, alumni relations, and recruiting.
Before joining the staff at MIT, Lane served as program director and head coach for the Everett (Wash.) Rowing Association from 1997 to 2000. Under Lane’s guidance, the junior men’s crews finished second and fourth at Junior Nationals in three-consecutive seasons from 1998-2000. During his tenure, Lane’s crews also won nine regional championships.
In addition to his responsibilities with the Everett Rowing Association, Lane established the women’s rowing team at Everett Community College in 1998, where he coached for two years. Lane has also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Rowing Junior Women’s Development Camp and the Lake Lanier Rowing Club.
Lane graduated from Suffolk University (Mass.) with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing. In the spring of 2009, he completed his master's degree in education at Penn.