July 10, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy head baseball coach Paul Kostacopoulos announced on Thursday the addition of Jeff Kane to the program’s coaching staff. As an assistant coach, Kane will work with the Mids’ offense and recruiting efforts. Kane joins the Navy baseball program following five seasons at Holy Cross.
“We are extremely excited to have Jeff come on board here at Navy,” said Kostacopoulos. “We are very fortunate to have a coach with such an excellent track record of success and experience join our staff. Jeff is an outstanding coach and even better person.”
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 Concord, 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.
Kane replaces Matt Reynolds on the Navy staff after Reynolds was named as the head coach at Washington College.