The Clear Creek Wildcats football program appears to have its next head coach, as South Houston head coach Dwayne Lane was officially named to the position Monday.
The Clear Creek Independent School District board of trustees voted 7-0 to approve district staff’s recommendation to hire Lane as the new Clear Creek High School head football coach and campus athletic coordinator at their regular meeting.
“I’m truly excited about Clear Creek,” Lane, who has lived in the Clear Creek ISD community since 1999, said. “For me, it’s coming back. It’s coming back home.”
Lane said — not unlike what has already been established at Clear Creek — that discipline, sportsmanship and getting the most out of his athletes will be hallmarks of the football program under his watch.
“We want everyone to know that when they play Clear Creek, we’re going to play hard for all 48 minutes, and we know if we do that enough and give great effort, we’re going to come out on the good side of what we want,” Lane said. “And we’re going to do it the right way.”
Some of Lane’s goals in his new job, he said, are to encourage athletes to participate in multiple sports and to create the best possible experience in athletics for the Clear Creek students who choose to participate.
“We want the kids to have some of the most challenging times of their lives, but also some of the most rewarding times of their lives,” Lane said.
Lane has spent the past five seasons as the head coach and campus athletic coordinator for the South Houston Trojans.
Taking over a South Houston program in 2013 with just two playoff wins since its inception in 1957 and a fairly scarce number of playoff appearances, Lane’s Trojans compiled a 7-16 district record in his first three seasons, but he managed to turn things around recently.
Under Lane’s guidance, South Houston earned playoff berths in each of the past two seasons thanks to a much improved 7-5 record in district play. Lane said he is excited about the future of that program going forward, as well.
“The really have a chance, with the kids that they have returning, to make history there,” Lane said. “Not only getting in the playoffs, but winning a playoff game. And if they win two playoff games, that will be history.”
Working in Clear Creek ISD will be familiar territory for Lane. Starting in 2005, Lane was a defensive coordinator coach at Clear Creek for six years and was an assistant at Clear Lake for another six years before that.
“We were excited that we had a very strong pool of candidates that we were able to sift through and come to some finalists,” Clear Creek ISD athletic director Debbie Fuchs said. “Dwayne, with his head coaching experience and what he’s done at South Houston High School getting them to the playoffs the last two years in a row, stood out for us, as well as him being a leader on his campus and having the experience of being in Clear Creek ISD.”
Lane also has some familiarity with two other District 24-6A programs. After leaving Clear Creek ISD, Lane became the defensive coordinator at Alvin in 2011. His most recent job before becoming South Houston’s head coach was as defensive coordinator at Dickinson, where he served under current Gators head coach John Snelson.
Lane takes the reins from former longtime Wildcats head coach Darrell Warden, who is retiring after 13 years as Clear Creek’s head football coach and campus athletic coordinator.
“We feel like he’s our man to fill some really big shoes replacing coach Warden,” Fuchs said. “Not only are we hiring a strong football coach, but we’re hiring a strong athletic coordinator, who believes all sports should excel.”