Dan Kane enters his 3rd year as the Athletic Director and Head Men's Basketball Coach for the Owls Athletics Program.
"I am very pleased that the University is bringing Dan Kane on board as our new Athletic Director," UMPI President Ray Rice said. "He brings a decade of coaching, administrative, and recruitment experience from institutions such as Husson University, the University of Maine at Farmington, and, most recently, Connecticut College. His outstanding work in national-level recruitment, fundraising initiatives, and innovative admissions activities focusing on accepted scholar-athletes, will prove to be valuable assets for many years to come. I look forward to Dan's ability to build upon the excellent foundation and significant successes that Coach Mike Holmes brought to Men's Basketball."
Kane, a native of Bradford, ME, spent his 2017-18 season as the lead Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Connecticut College. The Camels finished 13-10 overall under the direction of Head Coach Tom Satran. From 2012 to 2015, Dan was a part of the University of Maine at Farmington coaching staff, including being named the Associate Head Coach for the 2015-16 season.
During that time, the University of Maine at Farmington had great success on the court. In 2012-13 the Beavers tied a school record for wins in a season with 21 wins. UMF finished the season as the top ranked team in the state of Maine by the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association Poll while also capturing the North Atlantic Conference regular season title. The following season, the Beavers made an appearance in the NAC championship game.
While at UMF, Kane spent two years as the Admissions Special Projects Assistant, a position that allowed him to work closely with all athletic programs and serve as the Athletics Liaison to the Admissions office. As a student-athlete at Husson University, Kane spent two years as the Assistant Sports Information Director at Husson, where he collaborated not only with the coaches on campus, but also with athletic directors, sports information directors, and coaches from other campuses as well.
Kane earned his first degree, an A.S. in Accounting, from the University of Husson in 2009. He then went on to the University of Maine at Farmington, where he earned his B.S. in Community Health Education/School Health in 2012. It was at that point that he accepted the position at UMF as the Assistant Basketball Coach and decided to continue his education. In 2014, he earned his M.Ed. in Kinesiology and Physical Education from the University of Maine, graduating summa cum laude with a 3.973 GPA.
Kane is no stranger to success, having played one season at Husson before transferring and finishing his career at Farmington. During his playing career, Dan participated in the NCAA Division III National Tournament twice (2009 and 2010), and was a part of multiple North Atlantic Conference Championship Teams. As a team captain in 2012, Kane was named the University of Maine at Farmington Scholar Athlete of the Year, as well as being awarded the University of Farmington Beaver Award, which is given annually to a student-athlete that embodies sportsmanship, school spirit, the drive for excellence, and, most importantly, Beaver Pride. Kane was amongst the nation's leaders in assists per game as he averaged 5.6 assists per game in his senior season, scored 5.8 points per game, and collected 3.3 rebounds a game while leading the Beavers to a 16-11 record.
"I feel fortunate to return to Maine and have the opportunity to continue my career at such a special place as the University of Maine at Presque Isle," said Kane. "It is an exciting time for the university since the recent move to the American Collegiate Athletic Association. I look forward to not only building on the recent success of the Men's Basketball program, but also helping the Athletics program reach its great potential."
Mark Knight begins his third year working with the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls Athletics department. Throughout his three years he has taken on many roles in the department, beginning with the assistant basketball coach and now taking on his new position as the Sports Information Director. While in his new position Knight will be the advisor for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), Assistant Men's Basketball Coach (3rd year), and Adjunct Professor.
In the years leading up to his time with UMPI, Knight attended Webber International University for six years. Receiving his Undergraduate Degree, majoring in Sport Business Management with a minor in Computer Applications in Business, and his Masters in Business Administration with a Concentration in Sport Business Management.
While completing his Undergrad with Webber, Knight was a member of the Men’s Basketball team for all four years. Later becoming a Graduate Assistant Coach during grad school, where he was the head coach for the Men’s Junior Varsity team, and assistant to the varsity program. Where his duties primarily were directed toward Player Development, Basketball Operations, and Game Day Management.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Knight was raised in Saint Petersburg, Florida, by his mother and father, Nancy and Jim Knight. Along with his brother Thomas and sister Sara.