Menlo College grad and current assistant men's soccer coach Sean Kane signed to play for Kaya FC, a professional soccer team based in Manila. Kane signed following a two-week tryout.
Kane joins a team that is a member of the United Football League, the highest league in the Philippines and one of the most competitive. Kaya FC finished 1t 10-6-1 and then went on to capture the United Football Cup championship for the first time in team history.
His all-around prowess on the field proved to be a valuable asset for Menlo, as he helped lead the Oaks to a 20-11-5 record over his two seasons, including a Cal Pac North Division title in 2014.
Kane was sidelined due to injury for part of 2014 but continued to be a mentor for the younger players from the bench. That prompted Menlo coach Eric Bucchere to bring Kane on as an assistant for the 2015 season. He did not disappoint, as the Oaks finished their first season in the Golden State Athletic Conference with an 8-7-3 record.
When the opportunity to play professionally presented itself to Kane, he couldn't wait to jump, and Bucchere is firm in his belief on how Kane will do.
"Sean was a phenomenal player at Menlo, and showed a great mind for the game this year as an assistant coach as well," Bucchere said. "I'm thrilled for him to have the opportunity to continue to play as a professional, and he has all of the tools to succeed at the next level."
Kane was also extremely grateful for the opportunities Menlo gave him on the field, and off the field as a coach.
"I would say that the playing and coaching experience at Menlo gave me that last push to get closer to the professional level," Kane said. "Coach Bucchere was a great coach who showed a lot of confidence in me. He put me in different positions which enabled me to become a more all-round type of player. I also value my experience coaching the team. I gained so much knowledge of the game and it helped me become a smarter player on the field."
Kane joins former teammate and Menlo grad Sebastian Bosch as the most recent Oaks to continue their soccer journeys. Bosch currently is a member of Antigua GFC, located in his home country of Guatemala.
Madison Michelis came off the bench to score a team-high 11 points and Breanna Turner netted a game-high 13 rebounds but Menlo College dropped a 62-57 decision to host Hope International in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest Thursday.
The Oaks (11-16, 4-10 GSAC) travel to Biola for a 2 p.m. conference game on Saturday.
Brad Sawin scored 17 points but Menlo College dropped a 70-45 decision to host Hope International in Golden State Athletic Conference action Thursday.
The Oaks (9-18, 3-11 GSAC) look to rebound Saturday at No. 9 Biola.