Lourdes soccer: Passing on the family business

Garrett Short
Created: October 18, 2020 10:53 PM

(ABC 6 News) - After 26 years of record-breaking coaching at Lourdes High School, Tom Kane is passing on the program to his son Sean.

Tom started the program in 1995 and has been the only coach the Eagles have ever had. Looking back, he says it's hard to believe how many athletes he has coached on his way to 387 wins; 410 if you count the wins from when the sport was just a club team the first two seasons.

"It's amazing the letters I've received in the last week and it makes you understand that this isn't just about what happens on the field. It's more about the effect that it's had on these players overall in their development," Kane said.

Kane has amassed 19 conference titles, 14 section titles and three state championships in his career. His son Sean was a player for two of the championship teams. Tom says his son always had the brain to become a great coach, and knows he will continue the success the program has had.

"Being with him and sharing in him. I can't say enough about how he has such a great knowledge for the game," Kane said.

Sean knows he has big shoes to fill, but knows the foundation that has been built will help him find success in the future. However, being the son of a legendary coach means there are high expectations.

"I think there's a lot of pressure within the family too. It's like, 'don't screw up what dad did.' And also at the same time it's kind of a competition between my dad and I. Who can do better?" Kane said.

Tom is passing on the torch after 26 years, allowing the program to stay in the family, allowing the Kane's more opportunities to put their stamp on Minnesota high school soccer.

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