Head Coach Brian Lane is in his 15th season as the Transylvania men’s golf head coach in 2019-20 and in his 19th year working with the Pioneers men's golf program.
The Brian Lane era has witnessed immense success and national prominence since he became head coach in 2005. During his tenure, Transylvania has become one of the nation’s elite NCAA Division III men’s golf programs. Transylvania’s 13 consecutive conference tournament championships is the longest active streak among the more than 1,200 schools across NCAA Division I, II, and III.
Under Lane, the Pioneers won the first of 13 consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in 2007 while concurrently earning their first 13 berths in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournaments. Lane has earned 13 straight HCAC Coach of the Year awards during this ongoing run. After capturing the 2019 HCAC Championship, Transylvania became just one of three programs at the Division III level to maintain an active streak of 13 consecutive trips to Nationals.
The 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons were the most successful in the history of the program as the Pioneers notched back-to-back national runner-up finishes in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. The Pioneers entered 2013-14 as the preseason No. 1 ranked team, the first in program history.
Lane is a past member of the six-person NCAA Division III golf committee in charge of organizing all aspects of the NCAA Tournament. He was named Midwest Region Coach of the Year four consecutive years (2010-2013) and was a finalist for NCAA National Coach of the Year. Additionally Lane has served on the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-American Committee.
Lane helped orchestrate the selection of Transylvania University as the host institution for the 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf National Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky. The event marked the first time an NCAA men’s golf championship event had been held in the state of Kentucky since 1993.
Lane guided his golf team to three consecutive national top-10 finishes (2012-2014), and did so again in 2018. This past season, Transy narrowly missed advancing to the final two days at last year’s NCAA Championships.
Under Lane, 25 golfers have been named Cleveland Golf All-Academic Scholars and 14 have earned PING Division III All-American honors, with Jack Berger becoming the latest Pioneer golfer to claim Srixon Academic All-American honors in 2018. Lane's teams have been recognized for the GCAA Academic Excellence award each of the past nine seasons, one of only five teams in the country to achieve such a string of honors.
Lane has had seven players named Most Valuable Golfer in the HCAC. Since becoming head coach, he has had 52 golfers earn All-HCAC honors.
Outside of his coaching duties at Transylvania, Lane is a member of the Bluegrass Sports Commission, which recently engineered the selection of hosting duties for the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship event to Lexington at Keene Trace Golf Club.