Robert Lane of Wilson, now the men's soccer coach at Coker (S.C.) College was the keynote speaker at the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association All-State Awards Program in Chapel Hill last Sunday, Jan. 25.
Lane spoke to more than 120 of the top men's soccer players from around the state, including Hunt junior Aaron White and Greenfield senior Curran Blackwell. Lane also presented the awards for regional and state coaches of the year, all-state teams, All-South Region players and the NCSCA Player of the Year.
"It was a great honor to be a part of this awards ceremony," Lane said in a press release from Coker. "I can remember being in the very same seats as these players when I was in high school, so it was very neat to be able to honor them now."
For those who don't know, Lane played at Hunt High School under head coach Brent Walston and alongside current MLS goalkeeper William Hesmer. Lane was the 3-A Big East Player of the Year in 1998, an NCSCA All-State pick in 1999 and a member of the East-West All-Star Team in 2000. He played at Barton College before finishing his career at East Carolina.