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Kane resigns at West Ranch

After five seasons at the helm West Ranch head coach Mike Kane resigns

Posted: December 18, 2008 10:14 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2008 4:36 a.m.

The second Foothill League football coach has resigned in less than a week.

Mike Kane, the only varsity head football coach in West Ranch High's five-year history, handed in his resignation on Wednesday.

On Dec. 11, Steve Pinkston resigned as Golden Valley's head football coach.

Kane, 42, said he came to the conclusion that he could no longer coach because of a lack of time spent with family.

"I missed a lot of it and I'm not going to do it anymore," Kane said.

Kane has two young children, ages 7 and 8, and is married to College of the Canyons track and field coach Lindie Kane.

He has also been coaching football for the last 22 years at various schools, including Valencia, Canyon and College of the Canyons.

Before that, he was a professional football player in Europe.

"I haven't had a summer off in that long," he said. "I haven't gone camping with my wife and kids. I always had to wait."

In three varsity seasons, Kane's Wildcats teams went 13-17 and 2-8 in the Foothill League, with both wins coming against Golden Valley.

The Wildcats have seen declines in victories two seasons running, though, going from seven wins in 2006 to four in 2007 to two this past season.

His team has played increasingly difficult competition over the past two seasons, even adding perennial powerhouse Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks to the schedule this past season.

Kane said the decision to resign was entirely his and had nothing to do with the team's performance.

He said he wasn't happy with the progress of the program, though.

"You don't want to go 2-8," Kane said. "I'm a competitor. I played running back (in college and professionally). I needed to get the first down. I needed to hold onto the ball as a competitor."

In fact, West Ranch High athletic director Dody Garcia expected Kane to return for the 2009 season.

"He started the program and we were very excited when he took the job," Garcia said. "He's done a great job and got the community behind the Wildcats. I'm proud of the job he did."

Garcia said the West Ranch administration will begin its search for a new head coach immediately.

That starts with homework, she added.

Garcia would not speculate on possible candidates and said the new coach would decide on whether or not to keep any members of Kane's staff.

Kane said he has not completely closed the door on coaching in the future.

He will remain at West Ranch as a physical education teacher.


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