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Former Washington State associate head coach Jeff Hironaka, 63, is enjoying his modest, do-everything gig at Genesis Prep in Post Falls.
The national title game would have been held Monday, and Gonzaga had hoped, as it does every year, to cut down the nets to claim its first national championship in men’s basketball. But even without such a victory to stamp its legacy, its stamp is found in more and more places across the country as its coaches and players try to bring tenets of the Gonzaga Way to other programs.
Longtime Washington coach Lorenzo Romar isn’t waiting long to assemble his new coaching staff at Pepperdine and he started Tuesday by adding a former nemesis and colleague from the Pac-12 Conference.
Ken Bone, who game-planned against Gonzaga for more than a decade while coaching at Washington, Portland State, Washington State and Montana, is now a special assistant to GU coach Mark Few.
Former Boise State men’s basketball coach Rod Jensen has been hired as the top defensive assistant for the Washington State women’s basketball team. Jensen, who worked under former men’s head coach Ken Bone in 2013-14 at WSU, replaces former women’s associate head coach Brian Holsinger, who resigned earlier this month to spend time with his family, the university announced in a news release.
MISSOULA – New Montana men’s basketball coach Travis DeCuire has selected his assistant coaches and named former Washington State head coach Ken Bone as his associate head coach. DeCuire said as a first-time head coach it’s important for him to have an assistant with experience in big, pressure games.
New men’s basketball coach Ernie Kent did not have to travel far to find the third and final member of his coaching staff. Curtis Allen came to WSU as an assistant under former coach Ken Bone and will remain in the same capacity under Kent.
PULLMAN – Bill Moos enjoyed hiring Ernie Kent so much that he decided to do it again. Kent has been hired by Washington State athletic director Moos as the school’s new men’s basketball coach.
Bill Moos enjoyed hiring Ernie Kent so much that he decided to do it again. Kent has been hired by Washington State athletic director Moos as the school’s new men’s basketball coach. Kent was signed to a five-year rollover contract.
Boise State men’s basketball coach Leon Rice has interviewed for the vacant coaching position at Washington State University, The Spokesman-Review has learned.
A sampling from the past week of entries in The Spokesman-Review blog SportsLink at spokesman.com/ sportslink. Cougars
Ken Bone may have been dismissed as the men’s basketball coach at Washington State last week, but the school still owes Bone the $1.7 million remaining on the final two years of his contract. That is because former WSU athletic director Jim Sterk signed Bone to an atypically long, seven-year contract in April 2009. Furthermore, the contract was fully guaranteed, meaning that in the event the coach was fired he would continue to be paid as if he hadn’t been dismissed.
Ken Bone may have been dismissed as the men’s basketball coach at Washington State last week, but the school still owes Bone the $1.7 million remaining on the final two years of his contract.
Xavier Thames left the Inland Northwest as the odd man out at point guard for the Washington State men’s basketball team. He returns as a senior and an All-American candidate for a program the Cougars can only dream of emulating. Thames is the starting point guard for San Diego State, a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Aztecs – who take on 13th-seeded New Mexico State this evening at the Spokane Arena – were ranked as high as No. 5 in the country this season and have reached the Big Dance every year Thames has been a member of the team.
Xavier Thames left eastern Washington as the odd man out at point guard for the Washington State men’s basketball team. He returns as a senior and All-America candidate for a program the Cougars can only dream of emulating.