Belleview High School has announced the hiring of Brian Lane as its next head football coach.
Lane will take over for Brady Ackerman, who stepped down last month to pursue other professional endeavors.
A BHS graduate, Lane played for the Rattlers’ final four football team in 2002 under Brent Hall. Belleview won the district championship in a tiebreaker against Vanguard and Forest before moving on to the playoffs. They would fall to eventual state champion Palm Bay, who fielded stars Reggie Nelson, Xavier Carter and Joe Cohen.
After graduation, Lane went on to play one collegiate season at Division II Minnesota-Crookston and another at Mount Union in Ohio.
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Lane, who served this past season as offensive line coach at Manatee High School under former Florida Gators standout Jacquez Green, has more than a decade of coaching experience in Marion County as an assistant coach. 
Lane previously served as an assistant at Trinity Catholic under former head coach Joe Sturdivant and current head coach John Brantley. He has also been an assistant at Lake Weir and Belleview.
Belleview athletic director Phillip Small believes Lane’s ties to the school will translate into success.
“We are ecstatic to get Coach Lane back home to Belleview to lead our young men in the football program,” Small said. “It was important for us to find someone who was going to love Belleview High School, our kids, and our community. We believe we have the perfect fit to continue the momentum in our program.”
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Small believes Lane will instill high standards for his student-athletes.
“Coach Lane has a vision of setting a high standard for our student-athletes and football program for years to come,” Small said. “Coach Lane bleeds Rattler blue, and he’s a winner.
“We believe great things are in store for our football team.”
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Lane thanked the BHS administration for the opportunity to lead the football program.
“I would like to thank principal Heather Guest and athletic director Phillip Small for trusting in me and providing me with an incredible opportunity,” Lane said. 
Lane said he is excited to get started at his alma mater with a productive spring season.
“I am excited to get to work with this group of young men and keep building upon their recent success on and off the gridiron,” Lane said. “We are looking forward to getting to work this spring and playing a fellow Belleview alum, Alex DeLeon, at Eastside High School in the spring game.”

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