Division of Student Affairs
West Chester University
Coach Deirdre Kane
Deirdre Kane is a 1976 graduate of the University of Dayton, where she was the first female granted an athletic scholarship to attend the school. Since then, Deirdre has continued to make her mark. Deirdre Kane is starting her 25th season as head coach of West Chester University’s Women’s Basketball program. She has had 17 winning seasons and won 5 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division titles. She has been named coach of the year by five different associations and guided the women’s hoop squad to three NCAA Division 2 Tournament berths. Kane has a 392-281 (.582) record, she has won more than 200 conference games in her career, ranking second among current head coaches in the PSAC East. Her overall coaching record is 434-315 (.579) in 27 years on the sideline. In 2008-09 she received the WBCA regional coach of the year.
Before taking the helm of the Golden Rams, Kane served coaching stints at Swarthmore (1985-86) and Salisbury State (1983-85) before taking a job as an assistant coach at Penn during the 1986-87 campaign. Kane was the assistant athletic director and head girls basketball coach at Camden Catholic (N.J.) High School from 1978-81. Her 1981 team turned in a 24-6 record earning her the South Jersey coach of the year honor.
On February 12, 1992 Kane was inducted into the South Jersey Hall of Fame to mark her career accomplishments on the court and from the sidelines. A 1976 graduate of the University of Dayton she was the first female granted an athletic scholarship to attend the school. In the fall of 2006 she was inducted into the Camden County Sports Hall of Fame in October and the Inaugural class of Paul the 4th High School Hall of Fame, where she captained the girls’ basketball team to a state championship in 1972.
Deirdre has been a leader at WCU. She has served on the Sports Equity Committee, Coaches Negotiations Team, Coaches Meet and Discuss, and the Wellness Center Advisory Board.
Kane recently completed her term on the NCAA Division 2 East Region ranking committee and has served as a YES clinician at the NCAA final four.
Kane and her husband of 31 years, Tim, reside in Downingtown, PA and their son Sean is a graduate of West Chester University.