George Lanterman resigned as Lakeview’s boys varsity basketball coach a couple weeks ago, but told his kids Sunday night at the team banquet “to kind of get the ball rolling,” as he put it.
Lanterman guided the program for the last six years after serving as varsity assistant under Larry Herrholtz for four.
Athletic director Mike DeToro said that no plan has been put in place yet to determine who will succeed George.
“This whole thing is still in its infancy,” he said.
Lanterman, who said he wanted to spend more time with his family, guided the Bulldogs to a 11-10 record this season and a third-place finish in the All-American Conference National Division.
His teams reached the district semifinals three of Lanterman’s first four years as head coach.
“But we always ran into Poland,” Lanterman said of the end of the line in postseason. “A lot of people ran into Poland.”
Despite the abbreviated tournament trail track record, the toll a long commitment took on the 49-year-old Lanterman is understandable.
“It wasn’t easy on my family because I live in Mineral Ridge, then drive to Hubbard, then Cortland,” Lanterman said of the daily round trip from home to his teaching job (at Hubbard’s Reed Middle School) to his coaching duties.
“For 10 years, it’s been tough making that trip, which I call the Bermuda Triangle,” Lanterman said.
“Coaching these days is not just a five-month job, it’s 11 months working at it,” said Lanterman, who finished his 30th year as a coach.
The measure of his coaching time at Lakeview had little to do with team record.
“My 10 years were the 10 best as a coach and has very little to do with won-loss,” he said. “It has more to do with relationships, both with those I worked with and those I worked for and, especially with the players; that’s what kept me coming back.”
Although Lakeview had its share of special mention all-state and all-district selections, the fact that no player usually averaged more than 10-12 points per game reflected the team’s philosophy.
“Because we emphasized team, it’s hard to get anyone on first team when they averaged 10-11 points per game,” Lanterman said. “But they were special for us and our program.”
He’s most proud of the conduct and contributions former players have made since graduation.
“I don’t remember many games, but I look at where some players are now — successful people in the community who have gone on to bigger and better things — and that’s my greatest accomplishment,” he said.