|Title:||Associate Head Coach / Recruiting Coordinator|
Jeff Kane is entering his fifth season at Holy Cross in 2014, serving as the Associate Head Coach, recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. He also serves as the Crusaders third-base coach during games, acting as the team’s in-game offensive coordinator.
Since Kane has arrived at Holy Cross in 2010, he has been a part of a coaching staff that has produced the school’s all-time hit leader (Matt Perry), all-time home run leader (Nick Ciardiello) and all-time total base and runs batted in leader (Eric Oxford). In addition, Holy Cross has had 15 positional players named All-Patriot League, including 2013 Patriot League Player of the Year, Jordan Enos, and 2010 Rookie of the Year, Stephen Wadsworth.
In 2013, the Crusaders led the Patriot League in almost every major offensive catagory including batting average (.289), runs scored (317), hits (499), doubles (94), home runs (22), runs batted in (287), on-base percentage (.373) and slugging percentage (.398). Also in 2013, first baseman Jordan Enos was named Patriot League Player of the Year, as five positional players earned All-League recognition. 2013 also saw two players signed to professional contracts. Junior Mike Ahmed was selected in the 20th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers, while Alex Maldonado signed a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
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). Kane also helped develop two players from the 2012 team to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League. In 2011, the Holy Cross offense finished second in the Patriot League with a .288 batting average.
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, the first in school history. In 2009, the Grey Ghosts were ranked as high as No. 3 in Eastern Massachusetts by the Boston Globe. In 2008, Kane led Westford Academy to a 21-3 record and an appearance in the Division I North Sectional final, the furthest the school had advanced in the state tournament since 2003. The Grey Ghosts 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 also served two years as an assistant at Westford prior to assuming the head job in 2006. Previously, he served as an assistant coach at Littleton High School in two years.
Kane was also the manager for the Lowell All-Americans of the New England Collegiate Baseball League in 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 a trio of nationally ranked teams. While at Clemson, he played in the New England Collegiate Baseball League in 1998 for the Rhode Island Reds. During the 1999 season at Clemson, Kane appeared in 20 games for a team that came one win shy of a College World Series berth. In 1997, Kane was member of the Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll. Kane was previously a four-year starter and three-year All-Star at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School from 1993-1996.
Kane was born in Concord, Mass., the son of Tom and Nancy Kane. His brother Ryan played baseball at Presbyterian College and was a Cape Cod 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. He also has a sister Jill, who resides in Acton, Mass. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Kane taught history and economics at Andover (Mass.) High School for three-and-a-half years. He currently resides in Maynard, Mass., with his wife Lilly, son Travis (3) and daughter Louisa (2).