- Boys’ basketball holiday tournament tips off tonight
- Ribbon-cutting for Children’s Holiday Shoppe Nov. 26; shop is open Nov. 29-Dec. 21
- Rockford Rescue Mission invites community to Thanksgiving banquet Nov. 26
- Rockton’s new business district welcomes family owned Dr. Detail U.S. Cellular
- 2014 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition winners named
- Open house for new library executive director tonight
- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
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Ernie Kent welcomed as new Washington State basketball coach
By Jim Hagerty
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.