Kane Steps Down
After 32 years of coaching Big Red Boys Varsity Basketball, Head Coach Ronald Kane ’83 P’20 is stepping down from leading the team.
After 32 years of coaching Big Red Boys Varsity Basketball, Head Coach Ronald Kane ’83 P’20 is stepping down from leading the team. With a career record of 448-226 between the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL), New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Prep A, and Mercer County, Kane is leaving behind a legacy defined by a winning and hard-working culture, highlighted by three championships in each tournament. A three-time The Trentonian/NJ.com “Coach of the Year” and the “Coach of the Decade” by The Times of Trenton in 2010, he has coached players who have gone on to succeed in major NCAA college conferences such as the Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Ivy League, among others.
In 1988, Kane returned to Lawrenceville after graduating from the School in 1983 and attending Franklin & Marshall College. He joined Big Red Varsity Basketball as an Assistant Coach to Head Coach Armond Hill ’72, and in 1991, became the Head Coach. After 29 years of serving as Head Coach, Kane describes himself as a facilitator rather than a didactic coach who emphasizes player empowerment and encourages players to take ownership and accountability during intense moments in a game. He maintains that the “best teams are when your best players are also your hardest workers.”
In his farewell address, Kane says, “This was not an easy decision, as I have given my heart and soul to the Lawrenceville basketball program.” He concluded the address by adding: “I hope that my former players and loyal supporters understand and respect my decision and will remember that I always stressed the importance of gratitude and humility.” Kane has provided many memorable moments in the last 32 years, and players and fans alike will surely miss his presence on the court.