RALEIGH — Billy Lane will coach his first game Friday night as his Broughton Capitals travel to Cary, but Lane and new Cary coach Kurt Glendenning arent newcomers.
Lane has been with the Caps program for more than a decade. He served in various roles, such as defensive and special teams coordinator, assistant varsity head coach, junior varsity offensive line and defensive line coach, and junior varsity head coach, from 1999-2010.
Hes been away from the program for a couple of years, but at the same time hes been around Broughton. He knows the community, he knows the teachers, Broughton senior quarterback Patrick Kearney said.
Its a new idea; its a new breath of fresh air to the program. But at the same time hes been around and knows the program. So its not like a complete change.
Since Lane has taken the head coaching position, he has worked extensively to implement changes off the field, including field. These changes include an upgraded weight room and the establishment of a parent-support organization and in-class monitoring for the student-athletes.
Were trying to mimic some of the more successful programs in the area, Lane said.
Lane said the spread offense that helped the Caps earn 22 wins from 2002-03 will return. Maintaining control of the games tempo will be the emphasis of the Caps spread offense, according to offensive coordinator Dorrian Stephens.
Broughton is 36-49 during the past eight years, but Lane and Kearney said the Caps are ready to make the leap.
I think theres a lot more buzz around the program, Kearney said. Hes gotten a lot more alumni to come in and talk to us. Hes going to have alumni talking to us every game.
Reaching back into the community is the biggest thing hes changed, Kearney said. Theres a lot more buzz in the community about the football team.
Glendenning has taken a circuitous route to his opener.
He was the schools certified athletic trainer for 12 years before becoming the schools athletic director for nine years. He made he unusual move of giving up the AD job to become a football assistant coach four years ago and this year succeeded Ben Kolstad as the head coach.
It was an opportunity, really of a lifetime, Glendenning said. And I said Ive got to try this, Ive got to do it.