Bruce Lane said the restless feeling started about a year ago.
The Augusta Christian football coach and athletic director said he felt God was leading him toward opportunities in Texas, where he had visited multiple times for missions work. Lane will leave Augusta Christian at the end of the school year, after seven years at the Martinez school. He is headed to Texas after being hired at Fort Bend Baptist Academy to coach football and teach history and weight training.
"I'm very appreciative of the opportunity I've had to serve here the past seven years," Lane said. "It's an outstanding group of players and coaches and school family that have been very supportive. While we're looking forward to a new opportunity, we're certainly going to be sad to leave a place that has been so special."
Lane participated in a phone interview with a committee at Fort Bend in December. He flew to Texas in January to visit and for another interview. His hiring was official Feb. 11.
Before Augusta Christian, Lane was at Southland Academy in Americus, Ga. He said his career stops have usually been opportunities to build schools and programs, and that Fort Bend would be similar.
Lane said the school's football program was still nascent, and that it planned to break ground soon on a 1,200-seat stadium, fieldhouse and eight-lane track.
"This is a football program in its infancy," Lane said. "We're excited about the opportunity."
Lane said he wasn't sure how Augusta Christian would proceed with filling his positions, only that he thought a committee led by interim headmaster John Bartlett would make the decision. Lane said he hoped the committee would choose someone already on staff.
Former coach throws first pitch
Retired area baseball coach Alex Box made a special trip Friday to Baton Rouge, La., to throw out the first pitch at Louisiana State University's home opener.
Box was there to celebrate opening day at the new Alex Box Stadium, named for his uncle with the same name. The elder Box, who played for the Tigers in 1942, was killed in 1943 fighting in World War II.
The new Alex Box Stadium features 6,000 additional feet of locker rooms and meeting spaces, new batting cages and 8,786 seats. The new digs also include suites, a club lounge, arcade and more than 7,000 additional square feet of restroom space than the original.
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