Michael Kane is expected to be named the new head coach of North Hunterdon's baseball program.
According to a source, Kane may be approved at the next Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 21. He will succeed longtime coach Parker Snare, who guided the Lions for the past 32 seasons. According to athletic director John Deutsch in an e-mail sent to Open Mike on Thursday, both he and Snare agreed at the end of 2010 that this would be his final season.
At least one source has said that Snare, who resigned from the district as a health and physical education teacher after the 2009-10 school year, was forced out. Snare is currently on vacation and was not available for comment.
Kane, a special education teacher at the Hunterdon County school since 2002, according to his page on the school's web site, served as an assistant coach on Snare's staff during the 2011 season.
Snare guided the Lions to a 13-13 mark this past season and earned his 500th career victory in the team's 11-9 win over Montgomery on June 2. According to one source, Snare was told mid-May that he would not be brought back for a 33rd season in 2012. It was reported here several weeks ago that Snare may not be rehired for next season.
The former coach reportedly informed his team that he would not return next season after the Lions' 18-2 win over Hopatcong in the season finale on June 6.
Under Snare, North Hunterdon went 501-284-2 overall. This season, the Lions went 1-1 in the North 2, Group 4 playoffs -- beating Bayonne, 4-2, in the opening round before a 6-3 loss at Woodbridge in the quarterfinals.