Dayton assistant coach takes job in Big 12

James Kane spent one season on Anthony Grant’s staff


Dayton Flyers assistant coach James Kane announced Monday he’s leaving Anthony Grant’s staff after one season.

“I’m excited for the next challenge in my career and chance to reunite with Coach Steve Prohm at Iowa State University,” Kane wrote on Twitter. “However, leaving Flyer Nation and its rich basketball tradition was an extremely tough decision. Getting to work with Coach Prohm again was one of the few unique opportunities I could not pass up. I am very appreciative to the University of Dayton, Dr. (Eric) Spina, Neil Sullivan and Coach Grant for the privilege to coach at such a first-class program. I also want to thank the entire Dayton staff and most importantly the players for their hard work all year. Coach Grant is one of the best coaches and people in college basketball. I know he will continue to lead the Flyers to success!”

Kane met Grant when he was a student at the University of Florida, and Grant hired Kane as a graduate assistant at Virginia Commonwealth in 2006.

» LOOKING BACK: Grant a mentor for Kane

Before joining Grant’s staff in 2017, Kane spent six seasons at Murray State. He coached on Prohm’s staff for the first four of those seasons. Prohm took the Iowa State job in 2015.

“I’m excited to get reunited with James,” Prohm told the Des Moines Register. “He is a guy that has been integral to the success I’ve had over the years. We are very fortunate to be able to get him up here to Iowa State.

“James is a relentless worker who is really good on the floor and great with the guys. He will be a really good asset here in the Ames community and I think people will really enjoy getting to know him and he’ll have a big impact on our staff.”

Dayton posted a job opening for an assistant coach last week. It’s also looking for a new strength coach for the men’s basketball team with the departure of Casey Cathrall.


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