JAMES KANE | ASSISTANT COACH
Prior to spending last season as an assistant coach at Dayton, Kane played a major role in Murray State’s success from 2011-17. Together, Prohm and Kane, along with current ISU assistant William Small, led the Racers to a 104-29 record from 2011-15. Murray State advanced to the postseason three times, including the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012.
Kane spent six seasons at Murray State establishing himself as an excellent recruiter. He signed 11 recruits during his time there, nine of which went on to become starters.
Among his recruits, Ja Morant earned All-OVC First-Team honors in 2017-18 after a strong freshman season at Murray State. Terrell Miller Jr. and Jeffery Moss, both Kane recruits, also earned All-OVC First-Team honors.
Kane also landed a pair of highly-touted transfers, TJ Sapp (Clemson) and Damarcus Croaker (Texas), for the Racers. Sapp earned OVC All-Tournament Team honors in 2014-15.
At Dayton, Kane successfully recruited Jalen Crutcher, who was named to the Atlantic-10 All-Rookie Team in 2017-18.
Kane has mentored a number of NBA players during his time as a collegiate coach. The list includes Eric Maynor, Larry Sanders, JaMychal Green, Isaiah Canaan, Cameron Payne and Kostas Antetokounmpo.
The Oakland Park, Florida native also has a reputation as being outstanding in the technology area, having been a video coordinator at Alabama (2009-11) and VCU (2007-2009).
At VCU, Kane was part of a program that won back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championships in 2007-08 and 2008-09. He was a graduate assistant for the Rams when they upset Duke to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to moving into college basketball, Kane spent the 2005-06 season interning for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats in basketball operations and scout analysis.
Kane graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 as a merit scholar with a degree in sport management and a minor in business administration. In 2006, he earned a master’s degree in sport management from VCU’s Center for Sport Leadership.
James Kane, who spent four seasons on Steve Prohm’s staff at Murray State, is in his first season as an assistant coach at Iowa State.