Head Men's Basketball Coach
On May 4, 2012, Ryan Kane was named the 26th head coach in the history of the Ripon College men's basketball program.
In his seven seasons as head coach, Kane has led Ripon to a 111-61 overall record, which includes an 88-38 Midwest Conference record. The Red Hawks appeared in the four-team MWC Tournament in each of Kane's first six seasons, winning the Tournament in 2017, which marked the program's first MWC Tournament Championship in 15 years. That season also saw Ripon advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002 with what was the seventh 20-win season in program history.
The Red Hawks have won at least 15 games in six consecutive seasons. They have compiled a 54-20 home record during Kane's tenure, making Weiske Gymnasium one of the toughest places to play in the MWC.
In just seven years, Kane has already coached four MWC Players of the Year (Taylor Koth and Ty Sabin (three times), a Central Region Rookie of the Year (Sabin), three All-Americans (Koth and Sabin (twice), and 10 All-Conference selections.
During his tenure at Ripon, Kane's teams have set single season school records for points (2,126), 3-pointers made (218), and free throw percentage (.797). In the 2016-17 season, Ripon led all 416 NCAA Division-III men's basketball teams in both field goal percentage (.516) and 3-point percentage (.452).
A native of Green Bay, Wis. and a Pulaski High School product, Kane came to Ripon after spending four years as the top assistant coach at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, where he coordinated all aspects of the recruiting process and was instrumental in the development of seven All-Conference selections and one All-Region performer. Prior to his time at Loras, Kane spent one year as an assistant coach at MWC-rival Lawrence University and a five-year stint at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill., while also coaching one year at Ashwaubenon High School.
Kane is a 1999 graduate of fellow MWC school St. Norbert College, where he earned a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Leadership Studies, while participating on the Green Knights' basketball and golf teams. As a senior, Kane earned the basketball team's Most Improved Player award, as part of a St. Norbert team that recorded their highest win total in 17 years. Kane was also a four-year member and two-year captain on the golf team, helping the team win four MWC North Division championships. Kane went on to receive his Master's Degree in Sports Administration from Valparaiso University in 2007.
An NCAA Regional Advisory Council representative for the Midwest Conference, Kane also serves as a member of the Bevo Francis Award Committee and is a Certified Trainer for Impact Basketball Academy.
Kane and his wife Paige currently reside in Ripon with their three daughters.