Monday, April 25, 2005


Washington assistant coach Ken Bone has been named the new head coach at Portland State, replacing Heath Schroyer, who went to Fresno State to become an assistant on Steve Cleveland's staff.

Bone was an assistant on Lorenzo Romar's staff at Washington for the last three seasons. He served as head coach at Seattle Pacific University from 1990 to 2002, where he had a 253-97 record. The Falcons won 6 conference titles during Bone's tenure at the school. Bone coached one season (1985-1986) at Olympic College, so he does have some ties to Bremerton.

Portland State won the Big Sky Conference regular season championship, but lost to Weber State in the conference tournament at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland last month. The Vikings will have the services of former Washington player Anthony Washington, a 6'9" center out of Garfield High School, next season, coming off of a redshirt season after transferring from Montlake.

This is a great hire by Portland State. Bone is very deserving of a Division 1 job. It remains to be seen how well Bone will do in Portland. But he's definitely worthy of being in the same class of Ben Howland (Northern Arizona/Pittsburgh/UCLA) and Ray Giacoletti (Eastern Washington/Utah) if he can get the Vikings to the NCAA Tournament.

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