Women's Cross Country Coaches
Head Cross Country Coach
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Coach Lane competed inter-collegiately at Pittsburg State before transferring to, and graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in Journalism. He then went on to a career in law enforcement, with two years at the Shawnee County, Kansas, Sheriff's Department and ten years at the Lawrence, Kansas Police Department. He was awarded the department's Meritorious Service Medal for an incident that resulted in his retirement.
A graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, Coach Lane is admitted to the Kansas and Colorado Bars, and is in private practice in Atchison.
Coach Lane has competed in many events ranging from 800 meters to the marathon. He is a member of the Lake Atwood (Kansas) Ten Mile Hall of Fame. He competed at the United States Track and Field Federation Championships in the marathon, placing 17th in 1976, 11th in 1977, and 13th in 1978. In 1985, Coach Lane placed 4th in the 1500 meters at the World Police and Fire Games in San Diego, Ca. He also competed in the 1996 Boston Marathon.
This is Coach Lane's 13th year as the Raven's head cross country coach, and after four years as head track coach, he is stepping back to an assistant coaching position for the distance runners, just as he did from the 2000 through the 2007 seasons. Prior to coming to Benedictine, he was a Rule 10 cross-country coach at McLouth (Kansas) High School, from 1994 to 1996. While at McLouth, the boy's team was league and regional champions all three years plus state runner-up in 1994 and 1995, and sixth place in 1996. The girl's team was also a two time state qualifier, winning the league and regional championship in 1996.
Cross Country was re-introduced to Raven athletics in 1999, with Coach Lane as the new coach. In 2003 he guided the Raven's women's team to their first national championship appearance after winning the Region V championship, and being ranked in the top 25 teams for the season in the NAIA national poll. Lane was also selected as the 2003 Region V Women's Coach of the Year.
Under Coach Lane, through the 2010 season, there have been 24 All-Conference and 10 All-Region V honorees (discontinued after the 2008 season), plus 15 NAIA Scholar-Athletes in cross-country. Fifteen runners have competed at the NAIA National Championships. He was named as the Heart of America Athletic Conference Men's Cross-Country Coach of the Year in 2006 and Women's Coach of the Year in 2009.
Through the 2011 outdoor track season, Coach Lane has guided 82 Raven athletes to All-Conference 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals, plus 115 athletes to honorable mention All-Conference status in conference indoor and outdoor track for events of 800 meters and above. Sixteen of his athletes have competed in distance events at the NAIA National Championships in indoor and outdoor track. As head track coach, there were an additional 37 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place conference medalists and 86 honorable mention All-Conference performers in non-distance events, six individual conference champions, and 12 additional athletes competed at the national championships. There have also been 15 NAIA Scholar Athletes in track. The 2008; 2009; 2010 and 2011 women's Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor track teams, as well as the 2011 men's cross country team were all named as NAIA Scholar Teams.
Coach Lane earned his Level I Track Coaching Certification in 2004, and his Level II Endurance Certification in 2005 from the United States Track and Field Association.
Head Track & Field Coach, Asst. Cross Country Coach
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Coach Darin Schmitz is entering his second year as Head Coach of the Ravens track & field program and also his second year as the assistant cross country coach. He came to Benedictine with a prestigious background in track and field. He was a high school All-American in the shot put and held both Salina Sacred Heart High School's shot put and discus records. As a multi-time state medalist he entered the historic track program of Kansas University. Under a long line of historic throwers Schmitz left his own niche.
As a Jayhawk he ranked as high as 2nd on the all-time hammer list and third on the all-time weight throw list. He was a two-time All-Big XII athlete and a conference medalist. He was a four-time Academic All-Big XII selection. In 2001, he was ranked nationally by Track and Field News in the hammer throw.
Graduating in 1999 he coached at the high school ranks for Lawrence High, De Soto High, and Eudora High ending with multiple school record holders and state medalists. In 2001, he began the USATF club Kansas Thunder and has had multiple throwing All-Americans and national leaders in the javelin. He has been trained and taught by legendary coaches and world record holders.
In 2004, he took his talents to Neosho County Community College. In just seven years as head coach at Neosho County, Coach Schmitz had 198 national qualifiers, 65 conference champions, 111 All-Americans, and five National Champions. He has a lifetime 92% graduation rate of his outgoing sophomores and has had 8 NJCAA Coach's academic teams of the year. Coach Schmitz was named the 2008 and 2009 Region VI Outdoor Coach of the Year, voted on by his peers. In 2009 he was named one of the top emerging elite coaches in the country by the USATF and has had multiple articles published about the throws.
In his first year at the helm of the Ravens Schmitz’s teams made quite an impact. The women’s team finished third in the conference in both the indoor and outdoor track seasons. The Ravens accumulated 87 All-Conference honors along with a national qualifier. The men’s and women’s team broke 13 school records.
Coach Schmitz received his Masters Degree from the University of Kansas in 2004 in Science Curriculum. His undergraduate degree is in Earth & Science, Middle/Secondary Education. He is married to Kelcey and has two children; a daughter Emily, and a son Drew.