Jim Lane, the new Monmouth Regional varsity boys basketball coach, is a newcomer to the Shore Conference, but is someone with a lot of basketball experience both as a player and a coach.
Lane was approved by the Monmouth Regional High School Board of Education at a special meeting on June 28. A day later, Monmouth Regional Athletic Director Tony De’Orio informed Lane that he had the job. Lane replaces former coach Quinton Schwartz, who went 19-53 in three seasons.
“The thing that Tony and I talked about is that we’re all interested in the players being successful five, 10 and 15 years after high school,” Lane said. “I know I can’t do it by myself, so it is going to take a village.”
Lane, a teacher at Rumson-Fair Haven High School, took the 2012-2013 season off from coaching basketball, he said. Lane last coached in the 2011-2012 season as an assistant varsity coach at Wardlaw-Hartridge in Edison. In the 2010-2011 season he was an assistant varsity coach at Westfield High School and the six years before that he was the freshman coach at Westfield High School.
“A couple years ago, Westfield made a head varsity boys basketball coaching change and I didn’t get the job. So, I started looking for a full-time high school teaching position that fit my expertise. The one that fit was the job at Rumson-Fair Haven where I teach freshman history and AP Economics,” Lane said. “That is what brought me to the Jersey Shore area. From there, I wanted to pursue a head coaching job.”
Lane does have some knowledge of the Jersey Shore area. He played for Union Catholic against Christian Brothers Academy in the 1987 NJSIAA Non-Public A championship game. He graduated from Union Catholic in 1987 where he played for coach Neil Horne and went on to play for Princeton University and legendary coach Pete Carril, graduating in 1992. During his time at Princeton, the Tigers made the NCAA tournament four straight years from 1989-1992.
“I know the landscape of the Jersey Shore, I just need to get to know the people more. I’ve been looking for a head coaching job for a couple years now and I would apply for jobs when I heard they were open,” Lane said. “I feel lucky to get this opportunity and I know there were a lot of good candidates for this job. So, I want to thank Tony De’Orio, the board of education and the administration for giving me this chance. I want to show them that they made a good decision.”
Lane, who is 6-foot-7, played center and is from Fanwood. Lane used to work as an analyst on Wall St. but he left that career to become a teacher and now a boys basketball coach.