Courtesy: UNCWSports.com Calvin Lane enjoyed an outstanding coaching career in men's soccer and men's golf at UNCW
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Former UNCW men’s soccer and golf coach Calvin Lane will be inducted into the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame (GWSHOF) at its annual banquet this spring on campus.
The event, scheduled for Sunday, May 4, at the Burney Center, will feature a reception and silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The GWSHOF was established in 2005 to honor those who have brought recognition to the Wilmington area and themselves by excellence in the sports arena.
Lane will be joined in the 2014 class by auto racing owner Ricky Benton, golf professional Bob Boyd (posthumously) and former NFL tight end Alge Crumpler. He becomes the sixth individual with ties to the Seahawks in the elite group, following in the steps of William J. Brooks (coach/athletic director), Wayne Jackson (broadcaster), George Rountree III (benefactor), Brian Rowsom (men’s basketball standout) and Sheila Boles (women’s basketball/volleyball star).
Lane built the UNCW soccer program into one of the most respected in the South during his 15 seasons from 1971-1985. He compiled a record of 129-94-19 and had 10 winning seasons, including five 10-win campaigns. Lane piloted the Seahawks to a 14-2 record and national ranking in 1980, the school’s first NCAA Division I national ranking. He coached First-Team NAIA All-American Gene Borowski in 1975 and First-Team All-CAA performer Kevin Cox in 1984.
In 1985, Lane took over the men’s golf program and the well-respected coach led the Seahawks to seven tournament titles and a tie for two others. His teams finished second in the CAA five times.
Lane was inducted into the UNCW Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008 for his contributions as a coach and mentor in men’s soccer and men’s golf.
In addition to Lane’s many sports awards and accolades, he has been an integral part of the community. His accomplishments include: President, Cape Fear Sportsman’s Club; Director, Wilmington Youth Soccer; Board of Directors, N.C. Sports Hall of Fame; President, New Hanover County Principal’s Association; President and Membership Chairman, New Hanover County Unit NCEA; Board of Directors, Cape Fear Country Club.
Woody Durham, former “Voice of the Tar Heels,” will serve as host of the event. Durham was the longtime play-by-play radio announcer for North Carolina football and basketball from 1971-2011.
For more information on the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame and ticket information for the event, visit www.gwshof.com, e-mail email@example.com or call 910-795-1224.