Bremerton High School, West High School
Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Lane Dowell has been the preeminent advocate for the sport of track and field in the State of Washington for the past twenty years. He is driven by a passion for the sport like none other. At times, he has been the only person passionate enough to voice his concern for the quality of officiating in high school track and field. When the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Association underwent a major reorganization, Lane was one of the first people to step forward to recognize the efforts of the coaches who were trying to bring credibility back to the sport. As he put it, “I often wondered how many more would be attracted to the sport if it were administered like the big three…football, basketball and baseball.” Lane served as an assistant coach at Bremerton High and West High (Bremerton) from the late 1960’s through the 1980’s. He served as the head coach at West High in 1974 with his specialty being in the throws. He coached numerous individual athletes to success on the league, district and state level. Coach Dowell measures the true success of his coaching career by the number of athletes he coached who now give back to the sport of track and field as coaches. Upon retiring from coaching, Lane set out to be the main voice for the sport of track and field in Washington State. He became a certified official ultimately climbing the ranks in USATF. His main goal was to advocate for and promote the need for professional officiating for high school track and field. He not only officiated meets, he served as a meet director for the West Central District Championship meet. He became an active clinician and was a strong supporter of the WSTFCA Convention. He became an advocate for coaches serving as a consultant to the WIAA. He served as a member of the WSTFCA Executive Board from 1997 to 2008. He proposed the idea of an all-star meet between Washington and Oregon and worked with WSTFCA President Tuck Gionet to make it a reality. He single handedly organized the entire officiating crew for what would become the Washington vs Oregon Meet of Champions. Twice he was selected by the WSTFCA as the Washington Official of the Year. At a time when there was not much coverage of the sport in our state, Lane became a vocal advocate publishing articles in Washington Coach, Long and Strong Throwers Journal, Washington Athlete Director’s Magazine. He was a key member of the group that started the Washington State High School Hammer Championship Meet in 2000. Today, that meet is recognized as one of the premier hammer meets in the United States. To this day, Lane Dowell remains a tireless advocate working to promote the sport for all coaches in the State of Washington. Whether it was during his time as an assistant coach or head coach, or whether it is during his time as a nationally recognized official or a statewide advocate, Lane Dowell has done more for the sport of track and field than most people realize.