Charlie Lane returned to his alma mater following the 2006 tennis season. In eight seasons with the men's team, he has guided Huntingdon to a 91-48 record, three conference tournament championships and one regular-season title.
Lane was recently selected to the USTA Alabama Tennis Foundation Hall of Fame and will be inducted in February 2015. In 2014, Lane was honored by the Blue-Gray Tennis Association with the Jim Wilson Jr. Giving Back with Grace Award.
The Hawks began competition in the USA South Athletic Conference in 2014. Huntingdon posted a record of 13-4 and reached the USA South Tournament semifinals. Two players earned All-Conference honors and five earned Academic All-Conference recognition.
In 2013, the Hawks competed as an Independent as they transitioned from the Great South Athletic Conference to the USA South. The Hawks were 13-5 and won 10 matches in which they only lost one individual match.
From 2007-2012, Lane led Huntingdon to three GSAC tournament championships and one GSAC regular-season title. Under Lane, a two-time GSAC Coach of the Year, Huntingdon posted a 12-6 record in 2012 and reached the GSAC tournament finals for a fifth straight year. Huntingdon won the GSAC tournament in 2012, 2009 and 2008 and was the regular-season champion in 2011.
As members of the GSAC, Lane coached one conference Players of the Year and four Freshmen of the Year, 20 All-Conference players, 13 All-Freshmen team members and 12 Academic All-Conference selections.
Before Huntingdon, Lane spent three seasons at St. James School in Montgomery. Lane coached the boys in 2004 and 2005, leading the Trojans to a 9-4 record, a section title and a third-place finish in the Class 4A state tournament both years. He coached two singles champions, one championship doubles team and one All-Metro selection.
In 2006, Lane coached the St. James girls to a 6-5 record, a section title and finished as the 4A state runner-up. The 2006 team produced one individual state champion, an All-Metro Player of the Year and two All-Metro selections.
Lane is a native of Sylacauga and came to Huntingdon in 1967 to earn a degree in Physical Education. He played No. 1 singles for the Hawks for four years, and led the tennis team to its first conference championship. Lane was among those named Outstanding College Athletes of America in 1971. He has received the Career Achievement Award from the Alabama Tennis Association and was a 1998 inductee into the Huntingdon College Hall of Fame.
Lane has also worked for the City of Montgomery Parks and Recreation Department. During his time as Tennis Director for the City of Montgomery, he helped set up the O'Connor Tennis Center, where he developed tennis programs for children and adults and served as director of the program until 1991. He then joined Buckmasters as the first national chapter director, launching the American Deer Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money to feed the hungry across the United States.
Lane has recently served as a tennis professional at Wynlakes Golf & Country Club. He directed the St. James School Tennis Camp for four years and has instructed in the Alabama Tennis Academy. He is also a former coach of the Alabama Junior Davis Cup and Weightsman Cup tennis. Lane helped start the Huntingdon Hawks Tennis Camp in the summer of 2012.
Lane resides in Montgomery and has a son, Jake. They are active members of Frazer United Methodist Church.