Ernie Kent welcomed as new Washington State basketball coach

Ernie Kent is a 1973 graduate of Rockford West High School.
Ernie Kent is a 1973 graduate of Rockford West High School.

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Rockford native Ernie Kent was welcomed as the new men’s head basketball coach at Washington State University Wednesday, April 2, his first coaching job since his 15-year stint at Oregon ended in 2010.

“I have missed the game tremendously these last four seasons,” Kent said during a press conference. “When I accepted this position here the thing that drove me the most back to coaching was number one the challenge. The challenge to build another program. The challenge to do something that other people look at and say it’s difficult. It’s tough to do. That’s the thing that motivates me.”

Kent, 59, replaces Ken Bone who only won three PAC-12 games last season.

As an All-American at Rockford West High School in 1973, Kent led the Warriors to a 23-4 record and a berth in the IHSA Sweet 16. He played college basketball at Oregon from 1973-77.

After leaving Oregon, Kent worked as a basketball analyst and Pac-12 commentator. He is Oregon’s all-time leader in wins.

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