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Friday, June 10
Doherty hires Lane to coach boys hoops; girls coach St. Clair moves to Cheyenne Mtn.


J’on St. Clair will coach a boys’ basketball team again and Doherty announced the new head of its boys’ hoops team.

The only surprise is that this involves two separate positions.

St. Clair will slide from the Doherty girls’ program to the Cheyenne Mountain boys’ team and the Spartans chose James Lane to take over for Dan McKiernan, who resigned unexpectedly last month.

“Coach St. Clair brings with him a wealth of experience and has demonstrated the ability to develop highly successful programs,” Cheyenne Mountain athletic director Kris Roberts said in an emailed announcement Friday morning.

The general assumption when St. Clair took the Doherty girls’ position after leading Rampart to a 5A quarterfinal run two years ago was that he would eventually replace McKiernan, his father-in-law.

That timetable was accelerated when McKiernan left last month, unhappy the school and District 11 couldn’t reward his years of service and Hall of Fame credentials with the promise of job security.

St. Clair, for his part, had put himself in the running after his run at Rampart and then an 18-7 mark in his lone season at Doherty that included a trip to the 5A round of 16.

Doherty athletic director Chris Noll instead went with Lane, a former standout at Palmer who was an assistant for a season under McKiernan with the Spartans and then spent two years as an assistant at the men’s NCAA Division II program at Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Lane will be entering his fourth year as a physical education teacher at Doherty.

“There was never a discussion about that,” Noll said about St. Clair being the presumptive coach-in-waiting for the Doherty boys’ team that went 12-12 this past season. “Everybody assumed it, but nobody knew we had an outstanding coach in our building.”

Lane played point guard for Denver for a season before completing his playing career at Nebraska-Kearney, a Division II program. He is a 2003 graduate of Palmer and was The Gazette’s big-school Football Player of the Year in 2002 as a quarterback.

“We’re excited to have a coach of James Lane’s caliber at Doherty High School,” Noll said. “He’s a young, energetic, pied-piper-type coach. There’s a new excitement in the boys’ basketball program and the boys are excited to play for him.”

Cheyenne Mountain, where St. Clair replaces Chad Belveal, went 16-9 last season and will return leading scorer Canyon Barry, the 6-foot-5 son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry.

This leaves one opening, and Noll wasted no time posting an opening for a head girls’ basketball coach immediately Friday morning.