Fletcher Lane

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Fletcher Lane
Fletcher Lane, University of Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball coach 1907-08.jpg
Fletcher Lane
Biographical details
Born(1875-01-10)January 10, 1875
Hernando, Mississippi
DiedAugust 12, 1949(1949-08-12) (aged 74)
Waco, Texas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record

Fletcher Lane was an American college basketball coach for the University of Illinois from 1907 to 1908. Lane coached the Fighting Illini to a record of 20–6 with a Western Conference record of 6–5.[1][2] Even though he led his team to a positive record, the university, as well as the athletes, deemed Lane's coaching style as subpar.[3] Lane's team benefited from a long Southern trip in which the team beat several YMCA and club teams from Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, and Georgia.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Lane was born in Hernando, Mississippi on January 10, 1875. He attended the University of Nebraska and received a degree in physical education in 1905. Lane married Bertha Wiltamuth and had one child, Edward Neil Wiltamuth Lane (b. 1909), however, the couple's marriage ended in divorce. While at the University of Illinois he began taking law classes and became a founding member of the Sigma Pi fraternity chapter there. He would eventually earn his LL.B. degree from the University of Texas in 1910 and his Master of Arts in 1923.[5] He was a World War I veteran and had a primary occupation of teacher for all of his adult life. Lane died on July 12, 1949 in Waco, Texas and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery.[6]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-10. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  2. ^ http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-baskbl/archive/MBKBHist-All-TimeRosters--1907-24.html#1909
  3. ^ A Century of Orange and Blue: Celebrating 100 Years of Fighting Illini Basketball By Loren Tate, Jared Gelfond pg.20 ISBN 1-58261-793-7
  4. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/ill/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/05_mbb_guide_06.pdf
  5. ^ "Adytum on High" (PDF). The Emerald of Sigma Pi. Vol. 55 no. 4. Winter 1969. p. 181.
  6. ^ FindAGrave.com