Former players, MHS administrators reflect on legacy of Lew Lane


 The Manhattan community is mourning the loss of long time high school football coach Lew Lane.

Coach Lane’s legacy went far beyond the football field.

His intensity passion were second to none, and it was all driven by his love for the game and for his players.

Lew Lane became the head football coach for Manhattan High School in 1976.

Manhattan High principal Greg Hoyt played for him while he was a student. 

“He was very very demanding,” said Hoyt. “But, he probably was the one who taught me there was more inside of me to give in terms of effort than even I knew I had. “

While Lane’s success on the field made him a Manhattan High School legend, the impact he had on his players meant just as much.

“His impact amongst the community over the 22 years that he was head coach here at Manhattan High was unbelievable,” said Manhattan High Athletic Director Mike Marsh. “Touching the lives of hundreds of kids not only on the football program, but in the school in general.”

The school named their football field after Lane in 2015. 

One thing he always preached to his players was to remember who they were and to never forget where they came from. 

While coach Lane may be gone, his legacy will live on on the field and in the hearts of members of the manhattan community forever.

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