Darin Lane resigns as Berkshire Battalion hockey coach, GM
NORTH ADAMS >> Berkshire Battalion general manager and head coach Darin Lane announced Thursday he has resigned from both positions.
As the second-year Federal Hockey League team looks to negotiate a lease with local officials for use of the city's skating rink before the upcoming season, Lane said he does not want to stand in the way of a healthy relationship between Battalion owner William Dadds and the city.
Lane, who became an unpaid Battalion head coach partway through last season, was fired from his position as the skating rink manager earlier this year after taking $2,200 from the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink safe to pay for heating oil at his home. Lane maintains that the cash never left the building; A criminal larceny charge against him was subsequently continued without a finding and dismissed upon payment of restitution.
"Bill [Dadds] and I both agree that the best thing is to step away from the team," Lane said, "so that they can progress forward without any backlash."
Lane said he was "uncomfortable with the current administration," and did not want the team to be penalized because of it.
When reached Thursday, North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright said he would have been fine with Lane as general manager and coach.
"Everything was settled, we have had conversations that he's certainly welcome to go back to the rink and do his thing with the Battalion," Alcombright said.
Although he admitted there could be some personal discomfort after Lane's firing, Alcombright said it would in no way "see at is as impairing at all the future of the Battalion."
Lane has not ruled out playing for the Battalion next season and will continue to do scouting on behalf of the team.
Dadds, an electrical contractor from New Jersey who bought the team in March, said he does not have an immediate plan for Lane's replacement.
"He's the backbone to this team. I don't live there, I depended on Darin for everything," Dadds said.
Lane was given the Federal Hockey League's Co-Coach of the Year award following last season, and Dadds noted the tremendous respect he had from the Battalion players. In Lane's absence, Dadds said he may look to last year's players for a new coach.
"It definitely changes a lot of things....we've got to move forward, but I don't even know how yet," Dadds said.
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