Kane joins Navy after five years at Holy Cross
Announced in July of 2014 as an assistant coach, Kane has completed his third year working with the Mids' offense and recruiting efforts.
As a third-year assistant coach in 2017, Kane once again guided a potent Navy offensive attack that helped the program post 37 wins, equaling the 2015 team for second-most victories in a season. During Kane's time in Annapolis, Navy has won 117 games and occupy the top-three spots in single-season victories. In 2017, the Mids' offense hit .297 with 534 hits, 104 doubles, 25 triples, 35 home runs, 366 runs scored, 325 RBIs and 48 stolen bases. The team slugged .441 and was on base at a .380 clip. Nationally in the NCAA DI rankings, Navy was eighth in total triples, 35th in batting average and 39th in runs per game, all the while posting the 23rd-best winning percentage.
In Navy's single-season record book, the 2017 team ranks second all-time in runs, doubles, home runs and RBIs, in addition to ranking fourth in hits and seventh in both slugging percentage and triples.
Individually, Navy had five regular starting members of lineup hit over .315, while the all nine posted .271-plus batting averages, 11 or more extra-base hits, 23 or more runs scored and 22 or more RBIs. That consistency across the board have all nine players under consideration for postseason accolades and six of them did just that. SS Travis Blue led the way as the senior was named the 2017 Patriot League Player of the Year. He was joined on the All-PL First Team by RF Leland Saile and CF Logan Knowles. C Adrian Chinnery made it four Mids on all-league teams as he was selected to the second team. 2B/OF Zach Biggers and 3B Jacob Williamson gave the 2017 team its fifth and sixth postseason honorees as the duo was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team.
Over his three seasons, Kane has now coached 11 Midshipmen hitters to All-Patriot League status, including two Patriot League Players of the Year.
In 2016, Kane directed an offense that had a leading role in a school-record 43 wins, Patriot League regular and postseason championships and a victory in the NCAA Tournament. As a unit, the Mids' offense hit .298 with 103 doubles, 31 triples, 18 home runs and 375 runs scored. Navy complete line included 585 base hits and a .390 on-base percentage. Nationally, the team's triple number was fourth in NCAA DI, while the OBP and batting average marks are 33rd and 36th, respectively. All three marks, plus hits and runs scored all ranked first in the Patriot League. In the program's record book 375 runs and 328 RBIs set new high marks. The hits, doubles and triple totals all rank second-best in a single-season.
Kane added to list of all-league pupils with four First Team All-Patriot League honorees in 2016: catcher Adrian Chinnery, outfielders Robert Currie and Connor Deneen, and DH Stephen Born.
In his first season with Navy in 2015, Kane guided the Mids to one of the most successful offensive seasons in recent history. Across the board, Navy saw marked improvement as the squad hit 23 points better, increased its run total by 98, hit total by 128, doubles by 28, triples by 20 and slugging percentage by 55 points over the 2014 squad. The team’s penchant for extra-base hits came to forefront in 2015 as the Mids led the nation in triples with 36, seven more than the second-best team, Stony Brook. Navy’s 83 doubles in 2015 ranked 11th all-time in team’s single-season record books. Nationally, the Mids finished 85th in batting average (.284), 96th in total hits (541) and 99th in runs scored (320). That hit total sits thirdd all-time in the team record book.
Individually, Kane aided first-year Midshipmen and junior college transfer Sean Trent record a Third-Team All-American worthy year with a stellar statline of 94 base hits, a .407 batting average, 18 doubles and 42 RBIs. Trent finished third in the nation in hits and fifth overall in batting average, while his doubles total was first in the Patriot League and RBIs second in the league. In addition to his All-American status, Trent was named the Patriot League Player of the Year. With Trent leading the way, three Midshipmen earned all-league honors in 2015: Trent (first team-OF), Adrian Chinnery (first team-C) and Robert Currie (second team-OF). Another individual highlight from Kane’s first year at Navy was Connor Deneen finishing the season ranked third in the NCAA with eight triples.
Navy Offensive Players Honored under Kane (2015-17)
|2017||Travis Blue||Patriot League Player of the Year; All-PL 1st Team; All-ECAC 2nd Team|
|2017||Zach Biggers||Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American|
|2017||Jacob Williamson||Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American|
|2017||Logan Knowles||All-Patriot League First Team; All-ECAC Second Team|
|2017||Leland Saile||All-Patriot League First Team; All-ECAC Second Team|
|2017||Adrian Chinnery||All-Patriot League Second Team|
|2016||Stephen Born||All-Patriot League First Team|
|2016||Adrian Chinnery||All-Patriot League First Team|
|2016||Robert Currie||All-Patriot League First Team|
|2016||Connor Deneen||All-Patriot League First Team|
|2015||Sean Trent||NCBWA All-American; Patriot League Player of the Year; All-PL 1st Team; ABCA All-Region 1st Team|
|2015||Adrian Chinnery||All-Patriot League First Team|
|2015||Robert Currie||All-Patriot League Second Team|
Prior to joining Navy, Kane served as the associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and lead hitting instructor for Holy Cross. As a five-year member of the Crusaders' coaching staff, Kane helped produce the school's all-time hit leader, Matt Perry, all-time home run leader, Nick Ciardiello and all-time RBI leader, Eric Oxford. In addition to his success with the previously mentioned trio of all-time offensive greats, he had 17 positional players earn All-Patriot League honors during his five years. Under his tutelage, Holy Cross saw Jordan Enos named the 2013 Patriot League Player of the Year and Stephen Wadsworth receive the 2010 Patriot League Rookie of the Year award. Kane also coached two positional players, Mike Ahmed and Alex Maldonado, who signed Major League Baseball contracts in 2013.
As a team, Kane and the Crusaders were consistently near the top of the Patriot League leaderboard in a variety of offensive in categories. In 2014, Holy Cross posted the top marks in slugging percentage (.358), doubles (79), home runs (16) and total bases (517). His 2013 squad led the league in every major offensive category including batting average (.289), hits (499), runs scored (317) and home runs (22), while the 2012 Holy Cross team ranked first in the Patriot League with 24 home runs and was second in on-base percentage (.360), slugging percentage (.376), hits (475) and doubles (86). In Kane's first season as hitting coach in 2010, the Crusaders broke nine school offensive records including batting average (.319), slugging percentage (.477), at-bats (1,785), runs (367), hits (569), doubles (114), home runs (45), total bases (852) and RBIs (340).
Prior to coming to Holy Cross, Kane was the varsity baseball coach at Westford (Mass.) Academy, where the Grey Ghosts posted a 60-27 mark during his tenure from 2006-2009, for a .689 winning percentage. During the 2009 season, the Ghosts finished 17-4 and won their second straight Dual County League Large Division title. In 2008, The Grey Ghosts went 21-3 and held a No. 2 ranking in Eastern Massachusetts by the Boston Globe and a No. 12 ranking in the Northeast Region by the USA Today. They also earned the No. 1 seed in the Division 1 Eastern Massachusetts Tournament. For his achievements at Westford Academy, Kane was named the 2008 Lowell Sun Coach of the Year.
Kane was also the manager for the Lowell All-Americans of the New England Collegiate Baseball League during the summers of 2009 and 2010. Prior to his promotion to manager, he served two years as an assistant coach in Lowell under manager Ken Connerty. During his four years with the All-Americans, 15 of his players went on to be drafted.
Kane played at the collegiate level under Jack Leggett at Clemson from 1997-1999 where he was a member of three nationally ranked teams. During the 1999 season at Clemson, he appeared in 19 games for a team that came within one win of a College World Series berth. Kane was member of the 1997 Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll.
A native of Acton, Mass., Kane and his wife Lilly, have a son Travis and daughter Louisa. His brother Ryan played baseball at Presbyterian College and was a Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star. Ryan also was a sixth round selection of the Anaheim Angels in 1995 and had a 10-year career in professional baseball.