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Head Coach Judy Kessler


  • Graduated from Langley High School in inner-city Pittsburgh
  • Played high school and college fast pitch softball
  • Graduated from Slippery Rock in 1983 with an English education degree
  • Began teaching at KAHS in 1985 and retired in 2019
  • Under the tutelage of Dave Brown, coached the JV team in 1987 and 1988
  • Assisted Coach Brown in taking the 1988 team to the state finals
  • Began coaching varsity in 1990, winning the D9 title and getting to the State Final 8
  • Had leaves of absence from coaching in 1994, 1995, 2019 
  • Qualified for the district playoffs 25 of 28 seasons
  • Won the D9 title in 1990 (A), 1997 (A), 2004 (AA), and 2017 (AA)
  • Qualified for the Regional Final 4 in 1997 and the State Final 8 in 1990 and 1998
  • Of 28 coached seasons, 3 undefeated seasons and 4 below .500
  • Received three Coach of the Year awards
  • Enshrined into the KAHS Coaches Hall of Fame in 2017
  • Current varsity coaching season/playoff record: 343-182

KASD Statement

Kane Area School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex and handicap in its activities, programs or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title IX and Section 504.

For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact Mrs. Linda Lorenzo Title IX Coordinator, Section 504 Coordinator, at Kane Area School District, 400 West Hemlock Avenue, Kane, PA 16735-1696 (814-837-9570).

For more information regarding services, activities and facilities that are accessible to and usable by handicapped persons, contact Mrs. Anna Kearney, Superintendent at 814-837-9570.

Mission, Vision & District Values

Mission Statement

The mission of the Kane Area School District is to provide students with an engaging, safe and challenging learning environment that is shared and valued by all.

Vision Statement

The Kane Area School District will inspire our students to thrive and be productive members of their communities.

Shared Values  

• We believe all students deserve a quality education. 
• We believe all students have the ability to learn.
• We believe in lifelong learning.
• We believe in effective communication and problem solving.
• We believe schools must promote healthy lifestyle choices and a safe environment.
• We believe education must prepare students to demonstrate 21st century skills in an ever changing global and technological society.  
• We believe education must develop the whole person.
• We believe learning communities encompass the entire family, community and school.
• We believe the KASD Board of Directors, administration, faculty and staff should be positive role models.
• We believe education must engage, empower and inspire students to become good citizens with a strong  work ethic.
• We believe everyone should put forth their best effort and everyone should be held accountable.
• We believe education should foster the development of self-respect and respect for others.

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