“I really believe in the teachable moment. One question at the beginning of a class might change what I want to focus on for that day.”
Don Lane may be best known as a basketball coach, but his heart has always been in teaching.
Lane coached Transylvania's men's basketball team from 1975–2001, racking up a 509-245 won-lost record that concluded with his being named to the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. He also served as athletics director from 1975–96, during which time Transylvania doubled the number of varsity sports offered.
Throughout his coaching career, Lane maintained a strong presence in the classroom, teaching practically every course in the physical education curriculum and making sure his players and other students focused on academics.
"Retiring from coaching gave me more time to do research and read about new developments in the field," says Lane, noting that all Transylvania professors work hard to stay up-to-date in their fields and teach with a love of their discipline. "I do my best to arouse in every student the passion that I have for learning the subject matter."
Lane has obviously met that goal. He's seen graduates go on to some of the finest graduate and professional schools in the nation, and others go straight into the job market and establish successful careers.
"It's great to see students at the beginning in an introductory course and then later on in an upper-level course like Health Promotions or Athletic Administration," he says. "You can tell a real difference in the way they write, speak, and carry themselves."
- Head basketball coach at Transylvania for 26 years
- Athletic director for 21 years
- 39 years as a professor at Transylvania