PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Twenty-five years ago, Scott Lane signed on as the very first employee of the West Michigan Whitecaps. Since then, he has helped the organization thrive.
Now, the longtime team president has decided it’s time to retire. He’ll step down in December.
“It’s hard to walk away with something you’ve started and shaped,” Lane said. “We had so much fun. I had so much fun.”
Lane started his career in sports with an “epiphany in a laundromat,” he told 24 Hour News 8.
“I always remember this: I thought I need to do something I enjoy for a living and that’s sports,” he continued.
He spent six years in Illinois with two organizations before joining the Whitecaps in 1993, just after the organization’s inception.
“Tremendous owners,” Lane said of Whitecaps founders Lew Chamberlin and Denny Baxter. “They let you fail. Boy, I failed a lot. I’ll never forget the time in the first year, I called the game at like 4 o’clock because of rain. By game time it was sunny and beautiful and Lew was like, ‘Well, you made a bad decision, but learn from it.'”
He has learned, and many of the people who have moved through the organization have learned from him — something he says he’s grateful for.
“The most important thing is we became a part of the community,” Lane said. “Lew has always said you need to give back to the community that supports you so well. We have. I think we’ve become a part of the community. That’s extremely gratifying.
“I’m proud of what we accomplished and I think we’ll be as successful or more successful in the next 25,” he continued.