Laura Kane, a former All-American and team captain at West Virginia University, joined coach Ben Landis' staff prior to the 2009 season. Kane, who played professional soccer in Sweden in 2008, recently spent two years as an assistant coach at Purdue, helping the Boilermakers to a pair of Big Ten titles.
Kane graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia in 2005 with a degree in physical education, and she received a master's in athletic coaching education from WVU in 2006. During her playing days with the Mountaineers, she was named an NSCAA Third Team All-American as a senior in 2004, and she was a two-time NSCAA Scholar All-American. Kane, who made 93 career starts, including nine in NCAA Tournament play, was named the team's Most Outstanding Player in 2004. She logged 31 goals and 23 assists for 85 career points, ranking third on the school's all-time list in each category.
A native of Pottstown, Pa., Kane served as a graduate volunteer coach at WVU while pursuing her master's degree, and she was the head coach of the West Virginia United Soccer Club from 2004-06. In July 2006 she was hired as an assistant at Purdue, where she helped the women's soccer team post a 34-8-6 record and earn back-to-back Big Ten Tournament titles. While at Purdue, Kane coached the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, in addition to eight all-conference student-athletes. She was also given responsibilities as the program's recruiting and travel coordinator.
In 2008, Kane played professionally with Pitea IF in the Swedish First Division and also with FC Indiana in West Lafayette, Ind. In March 2009 she became a regional manager with the Sky Blue Soccer School.