Chris Kane is entering his 10th season of college coaching and his fourth as head coach of the Thundering Herd. Kane came to Marshall from the University of Georgia where he served as an assistant from March 2000 to February 2003. Kane has established a program that has set a new standard for academic excellence and is building to bring the same success onto the playing field.
In the midst of a rebuilding phase for Marshall women's soccer, Kane has hit the recruiting trail in earnest since arriving and has managed to sign a nationally ranked class (#92) for 2007 and two regionally ranked classes (2004 and 2006) in the Great Lakes. According to SoccerBuzz, Kane has also managed to sign top international recruits in the nation in consecutive seasons with Julia Axelsson in 2006 and Erika Duncan in 2007.
Under Kane's leadership the squad has been recognized for its academic prowess when it was awarded the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the eighth consecutive season with a 3.38 GPA. Marshall's team GPA was ranked in the top-30 nationally for the second consecutive year among 317 Division I programs. In addition, 24 players were named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, where student-athletes must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and five student-athletes were awarded Commissioner's Academic Medals, having GPA's of 3.75 or higher. Fifty-two players have been placed on the Buck Harless Student-Athlete Honor Roll with a GPA of 3.0 or better from 2004 through 2006.
Marshall's success in not strictly limited to the classroom. Two of Kane's recruits have received postseason honors with Molly Snead being named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team in 2006 and Kassie Hollman receiving the same honor in 2004 while competing in the Mid- American Conference. Kane, a former collegiate goalkeeper, also coached former Marshall goalkeeper Ashleigh Woods to a spot on the All-MAC First Team in 2003. The Herd's team co-MVP that season, Woods registered a MAC-best 76 saves in Kane's first season with the Herd.
Before arriving at Marshall, Kane oversaw recruitment efforts at the University of Georgia and helped land one of the top-rated recruiting classes in the nation in 2001. With numerous responsibilities on and off the field, including exclusive charges over the team's goalkeepers, Kane helped lead the Bulldogs to a program best seven Southeastern Conference wins and 13 overall victories in 2001. He also coached numerous award winning players, including the program's first professional draft pick, goalkeeper Nicole Williams. Kane helped lead the team to its first appearance in the SEC tournament finals in 2000 and the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2001.
Before serving at Georgia, Kane was responsible for the day-to-day training activities for the goalkeepers at Rutgers University during the 1999 season. Kane helped coach the nation's 17th- ranked recruiting class and the team gained three more wins than the previous year. Kane took on similar duties at his alma mater, LaSalle University, during the 1998 season. He helped coach the team to the second most victories in LaSalle single-season history.
Kane had extensive experience coaching several club and high school teams before debuting on the college scene. He worked with one of the nation's premier youth soccer clubs, FC Delco, from 1998-99, and was instrumental in developing the team that eventually went on to capture the 2002 under-18 National Championship. He was also the varsity head coach of the Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School boys' team out of Norristown, Pa. Kane is also a member of the Region I and West Virginia ODP coaching staffs. Kane also has a vast amount of camp coaching experience. He currently runs the Chris Kane Soccer School at Marshall and has been a staff coach at the Pennsylvania Soccer Academy, One on One, Duke and Florida State Soccer camps.
Accredited by the US Soccer Coaches Organization and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Kane holds an Advanced National Diploma (1998) from the NSCAA and a USSF "B" National License (2004). Kane graduated from LaSalle in 1995 with a degree in Secondary Education/Social Studies and History. He served as a goalkeeper for the Explorers from 1990-92. Kane and his wife, Janet, have three children, Brendan, born in July of 2002, Evan, born in March of 2004, and Meredith, born in November of 2006.