Kevin Kane (American football)

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Kevin Kane
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Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive coordinator
Team SMU
Conference AAC
Biographical details
Born (1983-12-18) December 18, 1983 (age 34)
Kansas City, Missouri
Alma mater University of Kansas (BS, 2006), University of Wisconsin (MS, 2010)
Playing career
2002-2005 Kansas
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2006-2007 Kansas (SA)
2008-2009 Wisconsin (GA)
2010 Wisconsin (DQC)
2011 Northern Illinois (TE/FB)
2012 Northern Illinois (LB)
2013-2014 Northern Illinois (STC/LB)
2015 Kansas (LB)
2016-2017 Northern Illinois (DC/LB)
2018-Present SMU (DC/LB)

Kevin Kane is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Southern Methodist University.

Coaching career[edit]

After finishing his playing career in 2005, Kevin Kane spent the next two seasons as a student assistant with his alma mater, Kansas.[1]

In 2008, he joined the Wisconsin football program, as a defensive graduate assistant for two seasons, and then as a defensive quality control coach in 2010.[1]

In 2011, Kane began his first stint as Northern Illinois University. He coached the tight ends and fullbacks in 2011, before moving to the defensive side of the ball from 2012-2014, coaching the linebackers. Kane also coordinated the special teams in 2013 and 2014.[1]

For the 2015 football season, Kane returned to his alma mater, coaching the Kansas linebackers. The following year, he returned to Northern Illinois as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.[1]

In January of 2018, it was announced that Kevin Kane would join new head coach Sonny Dykes at SMU as the defensive coordinator.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Kane played Linebacker for the Kansas Jayhawks from 2002-2005. He was twice named Honorable Mention All-Big 12, and was Academic All-Big 12 three times. Kane was named a team captain for his senior season.[2]

Personal life[edit]

The Kansas City, Missouri native attended Rockhurst High School where he helped lead the team to a state championship in his junior season. He and his wife, Theresa, have two children, Jack and Colin.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Kevin Kane". Retrieved March 7, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c "Kevin Kane Named Defensive Coordinator". January 16, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2018.