Kevin Kane
Kevin  Kane

Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Alma Mater, Year:
Kansas, 2007


Weekly Football Press Conference Quotes – Mar. 22, 2016

Carey, J. Bouagnon, S. Folliard and Levon Myers discuss NIU’s spring practices


Kevin Kane, Mike Uremovich Return to NIU Coaching Staff

Kane Will Be Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach; Uremovich to Lead NIU Offense


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


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.

A familiar face at NIU as a member of the Huskie coaching staff from 2011-14, Kevin Kane returned to Northern Illinois University as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach on January 6, 2015 after spending the 2015 season coaching linebackers at his alma mater, the University of Kansas.  

Kane returns to the defense he helped construct from 2012-14 after spending his initial season at NIU coaching the tight ends and fullbacks in 2011. Kane also coordinated the Huskies’ special teams his final two seasons. In all, he was a part of three MAC Championship teams in DeKalb and coached four players to All-MAC honors, including first team All-MAC linebacker Jamaal Bass. 

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 (3) and Colin (1).


2016 NIU (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)
2015 Kansas (Linebackers)
2011-14 NIU
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)


2014 Boca Raton Bowl (NIU)
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 (3) and Colin (1)
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