In 2008, Shannan Lane had one thing on her mind when she took over as Pueblo South head girls basketball coach.
“I’ll tell you my goal when I first took over was to not mess things up,” Lane said. “They had a pretty good legacy before that.”
Eleven seasons later, Lane’s made a legacy of her own. She led the Colts to nearly 250 career wins, one state title, and four state title appearances. However, good coaches, like Lane, impact more than just the win column.
“I love Coach Lane,” Gabi Lucero, the Colts senior center, said. “She brought me so far. We did so much together, 5:30 in the morning workouts. She came every day, sacrificed her time away from her family to give us one more year to get [to the championship], and we got here.”
A loss in the 4A title game isn’t the storybook ending the Colts hoped to give their coach, but Lane reiterated one sentiment after her final game.
“Just happy,” she said. “Happy with a career that I’ve had and obviously just to be able to coach at the high school I played at.”
From JV coach to head varsity coach, Lane spent two decades on the sidelines of Pueblo South.
“I didn’t want to let this program down, which was the biggest thing,” she said. “The legacy continues and we’ll see what’s in store for South girls basketball after me. I’m sure they’ll be fine.”