Ken Bone Named Head Coach at Portland State
April 25, 2005
PORTLAND, Ore. - Ken Bone has been named the new men's basketball coach at Portland State University, taking over a program that has risen to the top of the Big Sky Conference and won the 2005 regular season title.
Bone, who has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Washington, was the head coach at Seattle Pacific University for the 12 seasons prior.
'First of all, it's exciting to coach at the Division I level at a program like Portland State where they are coming off a great season with 19 wins and a conference title,' said Bone. 'I really think this is a great fit for myself and my family. It will be a great place for us to live and raise our kids.'
'I'm excited to be reunited with Anthony Washington (who transferred to PSU from UW last year). He is a load in the paint. When he has a passion to play, I believe he will be as good as anyone in the Big Sky Conference.
'I've seen on tape what a great shooter Jake Schroeder is, as well as how talented Scott Morrison is. I think with that core group coming back and the great recruits that Coach Schroyer and his staff were able to get, I am coming into a great coaching situation.'
Bone, who transformed Seattle Pacific University into one of the nation's premier NCAA Division II programs, has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Washington. This past season, the Huskies won the Pac-10 Conference title, earned a number-one seed in the NCAA Tournament, and reached the Sweet 16.
In 2004, Bone helped direct Washington to a runner-up finish in the Pac-10 regular-season standings. The Huskies advanced to the championship game of the Pac-10 Tournament and competed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999. UW swept all three meetings with highly ranked Arizona and capped the regular season with a win over No. 1 and undefeated Stanford.
Although he has served in an assistant's role over the past three years, Bone, 46, has an outstanding resume as a head coach. He served 12 seasons as the head coach at Seattle Pacific, registering a 253-97 (.723) record between 1990-2002. Bone's SPU teams claimed six outright or shared conference championships and earned eight NCAA playoff appearances.
The Falcons made five trips to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 over a span of eight years, including a semifinal appearance in 2000 that capped a 27-5 season. In 2000, Bone was recognized as both NABC District 8 Coach of the Year and PacWest Conference Co-Coach of the Year.
During Bone's final season at Seattle Pacific, the Falcons posted a 24-5 record, advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs and were ranked ninth in the final 2002 poll.
'It is exciting that our program has been elevated to the point that we can hire someone who has had his success as a head coach, and the experience he has had with a nationally-prominent program the past few seasons,' said Portland State Athletics Director Tom Burman.
'Ken's experience as a head coach is invaluable. His ties to the northwest for recruiting purposes will provide great talent to the program, and he has a reputation as a great teacher of the game.'
Prior to his tenure at Seattle Pacific, Bone had two collegiate head coaching jobs. He coached the 1984-85 season at Cal State Stanislaus and directed the Olympic Community College program in Bremerton, Wash. during 1985-86. Bone served four years as an assistant at SPU under Claude Terry from 1986-90 before taking over head coaching duties beginning with the 1990-91 campaign.
The first alum to run the program, Bone graduated from Seattle Pacific in 1983 and received his master's in athletic administration in 1993. He played two seasons (1980-82) at SPU after one-year stints at Shoreline and Edmonds community colleges. He is a Shorecrest High School graduate.
A Seattle native, Bone comes from a prominent Northwest basketball family. His father, Walt Bone, was a longtime prep coach in Seattle at Queen Anne High School and later Nathan Hale High. His older brother, Len Bone, is currently the head boy's coach at Snohomish (Wash.) High School. Ken, his wife Connie have three daughters Kendra, Jenae and Chelsea.
Bone will inherit a Portland State team that loses six seniors from the 2004-05 season, but the new coach will have plenty of talent to work with. The Vikings return seven letterwinners and two starters. The program has signed four players to letters of intent for the 2005-06 season, and will have the services of 6-9 junior center Anthony Washington, who redshirted this past season after transferring from the University of Washington.
Bone will be the 11th Head Coach in Portland State basketball history. He is the fourth coach since PSU reinstated basketball for the 1996-97 season. He follows Ritchie McKay (1996-98), Joel Sobotka (1998-2002) and Heath Schroyer (2002-05).
Portland State did not compete in men's basketball from 1981 to 1996, but upon moving up to Division I and joining the Big Sky Conference, brought back the program.