Wakefield Coaching Legend Heading to New England Basketball Hall of Fame

Ellis Lane, who started coaching at Wakefield High School in 1970, went on to a storied career in the region.


A longtime Wakefield sports legend will reportedly be inducted next month into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

According to the SeaCoastOnline.com website in Southern New Hampshire, Ellis Lane’s upcoming induction will be his seventh into a hall of fame, with others including Wakefield and Stoneham High Schools, plus the Massachusetts State Coaches Hall of Fame and the Intercity Baseball League Hall of Fame. More recently in his career, he was also apparently a coach in York, Maine.

The report also noted that former Senator Scott Brown is a former player of Lane’s at Wakefield and that he will be inducted to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in June as well. Brown was inducted into the Wakefield High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2011.

Lane has a full biography at this page on the Wakefield High School Hall of Fame website. He started coaching at Wakefield in 1970, coming from Stoneham, where he graduated in 1961. He reportedly won division championships in 1973 and 1983.

"Mr. Lane coached teams which won 12 championships, 3 Tournaments, 3 State Sectionals, 5 League and one Eastern Massachusetts title. He was voted Coach of the Year 3 times and co-coached the ninth Harry Agganis All-Star basketball game for the west.  Sonny was also the Wakefield Freshman Football Coach where he amassed a record of 105-42-4," states the Wakefield Hall of Fame website. He reportedly went on work as athletic director in Melrose after leaving Wakefield.


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