BELLEVILLE — When Mascoutah native Josh Lane arrived at Belleville East seven years ago, he had never attended a high school track meet.
Earlier last fall, the 30-year-old former member of the Gateway Grizzlies baseball team took over the reins of one of the premier boys track and field programs in the state when he was named as the Lancers new head coach.
“The first track meet I ever saw was my first as an assistant under coach (Jim) Loyet six years ago. Obviously, I still have a lot to learn about coaching track as a lot of people do,” Lane said earlier in the week. “But you prepare the kids to be successful. The same principles work in all sports. If they’re well prepared, know what to expect and have high standards, they’ll be held accountable.”