The ‘Wrath of Kahn’ comes to an end

By Jason Williams
April 30, 2014


After six years, Cabrini men’s basketball head coach Marcus Kahn has stepped down to take over the role of head coach at the University of Mary Washington.

Kahn earned 153 wins and a mere 27 losses during his six-year stint at Cabrini. (Dan Luner/Photo Editor)
Kahn earned 153 wins and a mere 27 losses during his six-year stint at Cabrini. (Dan Luner/Photo Editor)

Kahn led the Cavaliers to the 2012 national title game, an elite eight appearance in 2013, a sweet 16 appearance in 2011 and finished with an overall coaching record of 153-27 in six years as the Cavaliers head coach.

“I love talking about my time here at Cabrini, my success here is ultimately a reflection on the players that we’ve had in the program and I give them the credit for what we’ve accomplished and what we’ve done over the past six years. We’ve had a lot of great guys and great players come through the program. It’s been unprecedented success for Cabrini and what they’ve accomplished. Making the runs we have in the NCAA tournament that is a complete credit to the work they’ve put in, the assistant coaches and the time I’ve asked them to put in and the managers we have in place. Top to bottom I think it’s just a sign of the commitment that was made for our program,” Kahn said.

Kahn will be taking over the head coaching ranks at the University of Mary Washington. Kahn will take over a program that has had 11 winning seasons in the past 12 years. The University of Mary Washington Eagles made it to the NCAA quarterfinals last season before losing to Williams College 79-46, finishing with a 25-6 record. The Eagles won the program’s second Capital Athletic Conference championship. Mary Washington will not only gain a head coach with an overall coaching record of 230-110, but also a “leader of men” as ex-players and coaches said.

“A great leader, Cabrini lost a huge part of their men’s basketball program. Yeah there’s 15 guys that come out to play each year, but you’re talking about leading those guys into battle that was coach Kahn for the past six years at Cabrini. Mary Washington has just got a steal with this one,” former player Fran Rafferty said about what Cabrini lost and what Mary Washington gained from Kahn leaving.

“Cabrini will lose a guy who definitely cared about the school, the program, the players, the students, the faculty and staff here on campus. Every time we talk he tells me about how much he and his family love being here not only for basketball games, but for other community events. I think Mary Washington will gain a great man who will give 120 percent as the head men’s basketball coach as long as he’s down there,” assistant coach Saleem Brown said.

While on the sideline for the Cavaliers, Kahn led Cabrini to an overall record of 153-27, including 96-10 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. Kahn was honored as CSAC coach of the year each year for his six-year career here at Cabrini. Kahn’s Cavaliers appeared in six CSAC championship games, winning five consecutive (10,11,12,13,14) out of the six.

“My favorite moment was making the run to the final four, obviously it was awesome winning that game down there in the semifinals, it was probably the highest moment of my career here and I will cherish the moments here forever,” Kahn said.

With Kahn at the head of the program, there were 12 Cavaliers that earned all-conference honors, also including five Players of the Year and the 2010 Rookie of the Year. Kahn also coached a duo of All-American’s, former standout Cory Lemons and junior Aaron Walton-Moss, who was recently named 2014 NABC Division III Player of the Year.

“I’m going to remember the people the most for sure, the coaches I’ve worked with the time spent with them and the athletic department. Going back to when Joe Giunta, the athletic director who hired me, he’s going to be one of my life-long friends. Brian Beacham, Steve Colfer, Jackie Neary and Kate Pearson there going to be life-long friends that I always remember along with the coaches and players,” Kahn said.

The Cavaliers Athletic Department has issued a statement stating that there will be a national search for a men’s basketball head coach and it will begin immediately.

Jason Williams

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