Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner Dan McKane carries strong ties to the conference he serves. McKane was a men’s soccer student-athlete at Gustavus Adolphus College and, after graduation, spent three years as a Gusties assistant coach. After an opportunity outside the league, McKane returned to the MIAC as the league’s first full-time Assistant Executive Director in 1999. In 2005, he was promoted to his current position where he continues nearly two decades of devotion to the MIAC.
Throughout his tenure as the MIAC’s commissioner, McKane’s commitment to the league’s 13 member institutions is evidenced by his commitment to student-athlete well-being and dedication to customer service to the membership. McKane has been the driving force behind the implementation of the MIAC’s strategic plan, which has added big-picture focus in addition to the conference’s day-to-day responsibilities. Under the direction of McKane’s leadership, the conference has implemented a Student-Athlete Leadership Conference, an updated sportsmanship plan and numerous other policies.
As the MIAC’s commissioner, McKane is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the conference office and the administration of the league’s 22 sponsored sports. He works directly with the Presidents, Faculty Athletic Representatives, Directors of Athletics, and Coaches to administer the affairs of the conference. Duties include overseeing the conference and its employees, NCAA/MIAC compliance and eligibility, fiscal management, championships, and officials. McKane also serves as the MIAC Student-Athletes Advisory Committee Advisor.
McKane has also taken his administrative talents to the national level. He currently serves as the Past President of the Division III Commissioners’ Association (DIIICA). McKane previously served as President of the Commissioners Association, along with chair of the Commissioners Technology Committee. He has been a featured presenter and panelist at the NCAA convention, NCAA Careers in Sports Forums and at numerous colleges and universities. He also served terms on the DIIICA Diversity & Well-Being and Sportsmanship & Ethical Conduct committees.
Between his playing and coaching days at Gustavus and his return to the MIAC, McKane worked as the director of marketing and ticket sales for the Minnesota Thunder professional soccer team.
A South St. Paul, Minn., native, McKane received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Gustavus in 1996 and a Master’s degree in Athletic Administration from the University of St. Thomas in 2008. McKane currently resides in Farmington, Minn.