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J.I. Burton's Lane, Lee High's Mosier raring to go

Kevin Mays • May 20, 2020 at 1:30 PM

As soon as the path is cleared for VHSL schools to open up for fall sports, Whitney Lane is ready to go to work.

“I’m excited about it,” said Lane, recently named J.I. Burton’s volleyball coach.

Lane replaces Donnie Potter, who resigned earlier this year after three years at the post.

Lane is no stranger to the program. She spent the past few years as Burton’s junior varsity coach.

She said she’s ready for the opportunity to lead the varsity.

“I’m so excited. We’ve got a lot of talent and a lot of potential,” Lane said. “We had a small team last year, but this year I’m hoping that we will have some more depth because we have some young players coming up.”

Lane, a Burton alum and three-time All-Lonesome Pine District performer, continued her volleyball career at Virginia-Wise. She played on the school’s 2007 Appalachian Athletic Conference championship team.

Since graduating from UVA Wise in 2008, she’s worked with Burton’s volleyball program every year except one. She’s helped develop future varsity players at the seventh- and eighth-grade level and with the JV, so she knows potential varsity talent when she sees it.

And she sees it.

“The group coming up has some talent,” Lane said. “They’re a very talented and athletic group and they really understand the game.”

She credits Potter for starting a youth program at Norton, which has allowed younger players to develop the fundamentals early.

“It’s just better to start with them before the seventh and eighth grade,” Lane said. “We’ve worked as much as we can with the youth program and it’s important because that’s where they need to learn the game.”

With the pandemic putting sports in a holding pattern, Lane said she hasn’t had face-to-face meetings with her players yet, but she’s contacted them.

“I hope we can get started soon. I’m just excited to get going,” she said.

MOSIER TAKES OVER AT LEE

Brandon Mosier is the new man in charge of the Lee High girls basketball program, the Lady Generals’ fourth head coach in as many years.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to coach high school basketball,” Mosier said. “Life just took me in a different direction. But I’m excited to have this opportunity.”

Mosier, a 1999 graduate of Appalachia, has coached youth travel basketball for nearly 20 years. He spent one season as the varsity boys assistant coach at Union.

His experience in youth basketball has him eager to start working with a youth program as a feeder system for Lee.

“It starts with that foundation,” Mosier said. “Developing fundamentals from the youth level is the key. Player development is the one thing to focus on.”

Mosier knows he and his Lady Generals have their work cut out for them in the Mountain 7 District. The district has produced the state champion for the last seven years.

“That’s the best district in the state of Virginia,” he said. “It’s sort of like the SEC in football.”

Mosier said rebuilding the program must start with the basics.

“The big thing right now is building the relationships, not only with the kids, but the parents, too,” he said. “I’m excited and ready to get to it.”

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