Matthew Lane, who guided Castlemont High’s girls basketball team to the Oakland Athletic League playoffs in each of his 19 years as head coach, is leaving the school for the same position at Pittsburg.
His brother, Gilbert Lane, will step into the Castlemont job after after a long stint as the program’s junior varsity coach.
“It was time for a change,” Matthew Lane said. “I’ve been there 19 years, and I felt really good about leaving it in my brother’s hands.”
A Pittsburg resident, Lane cited the school’s proximity to his home as another factor in his decision.
Lane’s Castlemont teams reached the Northern California Regional playoffs 14 times. They advanced as far as the semifinals twice — in 1996 and 2007.
I spoke a short time ago with Berkeley athletic director Bill Gaebler, who said the school should be announcing it’s new head coach early next week. Look for the announcement to come Monday or Tuesday.
Frank Knight, who recently stepped down as the boys basketball coach at Fremont High, will take over the same position at Moreau Catholic, the school announced Friday.
Knight will be an on-campus coach and serve as a social studies teacher.
Former NFL and Cal star Hardy Nickerson was announced Thursday as the new head football coach at Bishop O’Dowd High.
Nickerson, whose son Hardy Jr. is a sophomore who plays for the Dragons, was O’Dowd’s linebackers coach last season and takes over for 25-year veteran Paul Perenon, whose contract was not renewed.
After struggling with the decision for more than a year, Skyline High boys basketball coach Terrance Ransom decided to retire from coaching on Tuesday.
“I’m very proud of the body of work that I’ve done,” Ransom said. “I walk away with my head held high.”