Ernie Kent Appointed to NABC, USA Basketball Positions

April 17, 2001

EUGENE -- Oregon men's basketball head coach Ernie Kent has been appointed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches' board of directors, the organization announced Tuesday. The NABC designation comes at the same time that USA Basketball named Kent as an assistant coach for the United States' 22-and-Under national team.

Kent, who is also a member of the NCAA Basketball Issues committee, and Santa Clara head coach Dick Davey are the 2001 NABC board newcomers, appointed by NABC president Roy Williams of Kansas. The board of directors is charged with protecting the best interests of the game, coaches and student-athletes on behalf of all members of the NABC.

'Both Ernie and Dick have shown tremendous dedication to basketball and their student-athletes throughout their careers in this sport,' said Williams in an NABC press release. 'As guardians of the game, the NABC and its members see coaches as mentors who exhibit four core values: leadership, advocacy, service and education. Both these gentlemen have exemplified these values and we are proud to name them to our board of directors.'

The 15-member NABC board of directors lists a number of high-profile coaches, including Williams, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, Mike Montgomery of Stanford, Tubby Smith of Kentucky, Jim Boeheim of Syracuse and Kelvin Sampson of Oklahoma. Kent will also be working with NABC executive director Jim Haney, head coach at Oregon from 1979-83.

'The NABC has a lot of issues on its plate, ranging from the NCAA's recommendation to eliminate exempt tournaments/certified events to the amateurism deregulation legislation,' said Haney. 'With the knowledge of the game and the genuine concern for student-athletes that (Kent and Davey) possess, the board will benefit immensely from having them serve as directors to this association.'

The NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary Kansas basketball coach. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as the 'guardians of the game.' The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches.

Also keeping Kent busy this summer will be a tour of duty with USA Basketball. Head coach Jim Boeheim of Syracuse has tabbed Kent as an assistant coach for the United States' 22-and-Under team that will compete at the 2001 FIBA World Championship in Saitama, Japan.

The U.S. team will train in Dallas, Texas, and San Francisco before departing to Japan. The team will then train in Japan for two days before FIBA World Championship in August, culminating in the gold medal game on the 12th. For the opening round, the United States is in the same pool as Croatia, South Korea, Argentina, Japan and Israel.

The United States finished a disappointing fifth at the last FIBA World Championship in 1997. The U.S. took the gold at the first games in 1993. 2001 team members will be announced later this spring.

Kent, a 1977 graduate of Oregon, recently completed his fourth season as head coach at his alma mater. He has a 68-49 record at Oregon and a 158-129 record overall in 10 years as a college head coach.

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