Kurt Kanaskie
Email: kkanask@ju.edu Tel: (904) 256-7417
Kurt Kanaskie joins Tony Jasick and Jacksonville University as an assistant coach for the 2014-15 season. A coaching veteran, Kanaskie has been at the helm of three programs and worked in power conferences for much of the past decade.

Following a stellar playing career at La Salle, Kanaskie began his career as an assistant coach at South Carolina for five seasons. His first head coaching job came at Division II Lock Haven, where he was in charge of the Bald Eagles for three seasons and was twice named the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference (PSAC) Coach of the Year.

Moving within the conference, he then took over at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In eight seasons, Kanaskie was named the PSAC Coach of the Year two more times and twice named The Basketball Times National Coach of the Year. In the school’s first-ever Division II NCAA Tournament, he guided the Crimson Eagles to the Elite Eight and a year later took them to the national semifinals.

Moving up to Division I, Kanaskie was named the head coach at Drake, where he stayed for seven seasons until 2003. He then moved to Penn State, first as an assistant coach under Ed DeChellis and later as the associate head coach. In his years in State College, the Nittany Lions claimed three postseason berths and won the 2009 NIT Championship. Departing Penn State after the 2010-11 season, he spent one season as the associate head coach at Navy, and then moved on to become an assistant coach at Virginia Tech for the past two seasons.

Kanaskie graduated from La Salle in 1980, after a college career in which he earned All-Big 5 and All-East Coast Conference honors. He picked up a Master’s of Business Administration from South Carolina in 1985.