Kevin Kane
Kevin Kane

Assistant Coach/Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator

4th Season at NIU

Alma Mater, Year:
Kansas, 2007


Weekly Football Press Conference Quotes - Sept. 16, 2014

Carey, Eakes, Gordon, Mays, and Stingily discuss NIU's upcoming game vs. Arkansas


Huskies By Position: Everyone Contributes to Special Teams

First Week of Preseason Ends with Two Practices Saturday


Huskies By Position: Huskie Linebackers, a Mix of Young and Old

Four players return to the squad who combined for 55 appearances in 2012


2013 Huskie Bowl

Postgame Quotes


Black Defeats Cardinal 31-7 in First Huskie Bowl

Defenses Force Six Turnovers; Young Players Shine


NIU defeats Northwestern, 23-15

The Huskies played a dominant second-half of football in Evanston to defeat the Wildcats, 23-15.


SIGHTS & SOUNDS: NIU Football Releases New Uniforms

It seemed like just another team meeting in the McCareins Room at the Yordon Center Saturday, August 16. Take a look at behind the scenes footage of the Huskies unveiling of their new uniforms on August 16, pranking the team before revealing them.


Weekly Football Press Conference: Eastern Michigan

Week 9 football press conference with Head coach Rod Carey and players Perez Ford, Matt Krempel and Dechane Durante.


Northern Illinois Dominate Purdue, 55-24

Highlights from the Huskies historic 55-24 win over the Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium.


NIU defeats Iowa, 30-27

NIU rallied for a 30-27 victory over Iowa Saturday.

Kevin Kane returns for his fourth season on the Northern Illinois University coaching staff and is in his second season coaching the linebackers.

A standout linebacker at the University of Kansas, Kane coached the Huskies' tight ends and fullbacks in 2011 in his first season at NIU. He took over as linebackers coach in 2013 and added the special teams coordinator role in 2013. He has coached two All-MAC linebackers over the last two years and his unit returns 2013 first team All-MAC linebacker Jamaal Bass in 2014.

Kane came to NIU after working on the football staff at the University of Wisconsin from 2008-10 where he was a graduate assistant for the 2008 and 2009 seasons before serving as the Quality Control Assistant for the UW defense in 2010. He earned a master's degree in education from Wisconsin in 2010.

Prior to going to Wisconsin, the Kansas City, Mo. native was a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater for two seasons; and in 2007 he was part of the KU coaching staff that led the Jayhawks to the 2008 Orange Bowl Championship. Kane earned a bachelor of general studies in communication studies from KU in 2006.

As a Kansas linebacker tutored by former Huskies' head coach Dave Doeren, Kane earned honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades from the Associated Press following both his junior and senior seasons and was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree. He won KU's Nolan Cromwell Award for Leadership following his junior year and served as a team captain as a senior. He also won a state championship as a high school junior at Rockhurst High School in Missouri.

He and his wife, Theresa, have two sons, Jack (2) and Colin (infant).


2011- Northern Illinois
Linebackers/Special Teams Coord. (2013-)
Linebackers (2012)
Tight Ends/Fullbacks (2011)
2008-10 Wisconsin
Quality Control (2010)
Graduate Assistant (2008-09)
2006-07 Kansas (Student Assistant)


2013 Poinsettia Bowl(NIU)
2013 Orange Bowl (NIU)
2012 Bowl (NIU)
2011 Rose Bowl (Wisconsin)
2009 Champs Sports Bowl (Wisconsin)
2008 Champs Sports Bowl (Wisconsin)
2008 Orange Bowl (Kansas)
2005 Fort Worth Bowl (Kansas, Player)
2003 Tangerine Bowl (Kansas, Player)


2002-05 Kansas (Linebacker)


College B.S., Kansas, 2006
M.S., Wisconsin, 2010
High School Rockhurst, 2002


Birthdate Dec. 18, 1983
Birthplace Kansas City, Mo.
Hometown Kansas City, Mo.
Family Wife, Theresa, sons Jack (2) and Colin (infant)
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