Dan Kane was named the University of Maine at Presque Isle Director of Athletics and Head Men’s Basketball Coach in June of 2017. Under his guidance, the athletics department has seen unprecedented growth amongst their athletic programs which has resulted in an improved overall experience for UMPI student-athletes as well as increased campus and community support.
In Kane’s first year (2017-2018), UMPI athletic teams were spread out competing amongst multiple NCAA conferences. In the fall of 2017, Kane skillfully navigated UMPI’s acceptance as a full member into the North Atlantic Conference taking affect in the fall of 2018. The move to the NAC helped increase home sporting events from previous years by 36 percent, enhancing the overall student-athlete experience by giving UMPI student-athletes the chance to compete more in front of their home crowds as well as limiting missed class time for away contests. The acceptance into the NAC also helped UMPI revive old rivalries from their previous NAIA and Maine Athletic Conference days with fellow NCAA Division III Maine schools such as the University of Maine at Farmington, Husson University, and Thomas College.
UMPI had a successful first year competing as a full member of the NAC as three teams made the playoffs with women’s volleyball and softball advancing to the NAC semifinals and men’s basketball advancing to the NAC quarterfinals. Women’s cross country also had a stellar first year in NAC competition, placing 3rd in the NAC Cross Country Conference Championships.
Along with his administrative duties, Coach Kane also serves as the head men’s basketball coach. In his first season at the helm Kane took a program that had only four players on the roster when he arrived in June of 2017 and broke the UMPI men’s basketball record for most NCAA wins in a season while advancing to the American Collegiate Athletic Association Conference Championship before falling to Pine Manor in the title game 62-53.
On January 16th, 2019 UMPI picked up their first ever NAC win in an overtime thriller at Thomas College. With less than seven minutes remaining in overtime and down ten, the Owls battled back to outscore the Terriers 31-10 to escape with the 93-82 overtime win. UMPI would go on to win five of their last eight conference games to clinch a spot in the NAC quarterfinals where they would eventually fall to SUNY Canton on the road. The 2018-2019 season would mark the second year in a row the men’s basketball team would break the program record for most NCAA wins in a season.
In Kane’s first two seasons the Owls have a 24-29 overall record and have advanced to the conference playoffs each season. Player recognitions over these two seasons include:
Kane also volunteers to oversee the Maine Men’s Basketball Coaches and Writer’s Association which produces weekly and end of the year awards to help highlight accomplishments amongst NCAA Division III basketball programs in the state of Maine. The MMBCWA is an association that has been around for over 60 years and is a traditional held closely to many in the state of Maine basketball scene. Kane is also an active member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Prior to UMPI, Kane served as the lead assistant men’s basketball coach at Connecticut College for the 2016-2017 season. Kane focused most of his efforts on recruiting, game preparation, and practice planning and implementation. The Camels had one of their best seasons in the past ten years finishing the season 13-10. Kane would help bring in six players in the 2017 recruiting class, including the 2017-2018 leading scorer amongst first year players in the NESCAC.
Kane started his professional career at the University of Maine at Farmington where he served four years on the men’s basketball coaching staff, two of which also working in the UMF Admissions Office as a Special Projects Assistant. During this time the Beavers had great success on the court. In 2012-2013, 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 MMBCWA, while also capturing the North Atlantic Conference regular season title. The following season, the Beavers made an appearance in the NAC championship game falling in overtime.
While at UMF Kane was in charge of recruiting, game preparation, and practice implementation. His last recruiting class at UMF resulted in one of the best single season recruiting classes in program history that resulted in numerous all-conference selections and multiple 1,000th point scorers.
Kane had a successful playing career, playing his first season at Husson University where he was part of the 2008-2009 NAC championship team. The following season after transferring to UMF he worked his way into becoming the teams 6th man as UMF would go on to win the 2009-2010 NAC championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA National Tournament. In his final two seasons for the Beavers, Kane started at point guard, highlighted by his senior season where he captained the team to a 16-win season and was amongst the national leaders in assists per game (17th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (27th). Kane was named UMF Scholar Athlete of the Year, as well as being awarded the UMF 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 also named to the NAC All-Academic Team and the NABC Honors Court.
Kane earned his Master’s of Education in Kinesiology and Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science from the University of Maine, a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health with a concentration in School Health and a minor in Coaching from the University of Maine at Farmington, and an Associate’s in Accounting from Husson University.
2017-Present Director of Athletics/Head Men’s Coach, University of Maine at Presque Isle
2016-17 Assistant Coach, Connecticut College
2015-16 Associate Head Coach, University of Maine at Farmington
2012-15 Assistant Coach, University of Maine at Farmington
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.