By Matt Jenkins
---- — Bishop Fenwick boys basketball coach Mike Kane resigned yesterday, after spending 14 years as a coach in the program.
Kane decided the commitment to the team was becoming too much to juggle with his job in Boston and his young family.
Kane, who played his high school basketball at Fenwick, started out as a junior varsity coach in the 1999-2000 season under his former coach Mike O’Brien. After one year at the JV helm Kane became Jim Silvio’s assistant for four years, then served as the associate head coach for four years when Sean Connolly took over.
Kane was promoted to head coach for the 2008-09 season when Connolly took the St. John’s Prep job.
“It was difficult and I wanted to make sure I waited until after the season ended to think about it,” Kane, 35, said. “I think it’s the best thing for my family.”
Family was the main factor for Kane, who has two young daughters — ages 5 and 3.
“There were not enough hours in the day,” Kane said. “I loved to coach but didn’t have the time between family, work and coaching to get everything done.”
Kane’s best season as head coach was his first. He guided the Crusaders to an 18-2 regular season record and took them to the Tsongas Center, where they lost (62-48) to Watertown in the Division 3 North final.
Fenwick finished 20-3 overall that year, but the Crusaders haven’t been to the postseason since.
“I think it was weighing on me for some time. I still love it and I think I’d like to get back into it someday, but my wife just went back to work full-time and it was difficult to get the kids to school in the morning and leave for work,” Kane said. “My family has been very supportive, but it’s the right time to step down.”
Kane said in the future he would be willing to volunteer with the program, and he feels the Crusaders should be in good shape for the future.
Fenwick had seven juniors contributing this year and a couple sophomores. Junior forward Matt Costello was a Catholic Central League all-star this year and classmate Dom Luoni was a CCL all-star as a sophomore.
Kane feels assistants Chris Timson and Ryan Sasso, two former Fenwick star players, will make good coaches someday, but was uncertain about their interest in the vacancy.
“Fenwick was one of the best experiences of my life,” Kane said. “When O’Brien brought me on that first year it was a great opportunity and I realized I really like coaching. I got to move up and earn the job as head coach. I was really happy to have the opportunity.”