Ken Bone

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Ken Bone
Ken Bone in 2011.jpg
Current position
TitleAssociate head coach
Biographical details
Born (1958-05-21) May 21, 1958 (age 60)
Seattle, Washington
Playing career
1978–1979Shoreline CC
1979–1980Edmonds CC
1980–1982Seattle Pacific
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–1983Shorecrest HS (asst.)
1983–1984Cal State Stanislaus (asst.)
1984–1985Cal State Stanislaus
1985–1986Olympic CC
1986–1990Seattle Pacific (asst.)
1990–2002Seattle Pacific
2002–2005Washington (asst.)
2005–2009Portland State
2009–2014Washington State
2014–2016Montana (assoc.)
2018–presentPepperdine (assoc.)
Head coaching record
Overall414–253 (.621) (college)
12–14 (.462) (junior college)
Tournaments0–2 (NCAA D-I)
3–1 (NIT)
4–2 (CBI)
8–7 (NCAA D-II)
Accomplishments and honors
Big Sky regular season (2008)
Big Sky Tournament (2008, 2009)
Big Sky Coach of the Year (2008)

Kenneth Walter Bone (born (1958-05-21)May 21, 1958)[1] is an American basketball coach, currently the associate head coach at Pepperdine University.

Coaching career[edit]

Born in Seattle,[1] Bone attended Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Washington. His father Walt was a high school basketball coach. Ken Bone played junior college basketball at Shoreline Community College and Edmonds Community College before transferring to Seattle Pacific University in 1980 and playing there as a reserve guard for two years. Bone graduated from Seattle Pacific in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and later completed a master's in athletic administration from the same university in 1993.[2]

Bone was an assistant coach at Shorecrest High School and Cal State Stanislaus before returning to Seattle Pacific as an assistant coach in 1986, becoming head coach in 1990. In twelve years at Seattle Pacific, he compiled a 252–98[3][4] record and made 8 appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament, reaching the semifinals in 2000.[5] From 2002 to 2005, Bone was an assistant coach at Washington under Lorenzo Romar,[6][4] where he helped recruit all-time Huskies rebounding leader[7] and former NBA player Jon Brockman,[8] who was coached by Bone's older brother,[9] Len Bone, the Snohomish High School boys' basketball coach.[10]

In 2005, Ken Bone became head coach at Portland State and was selected as the 2007–08 Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year after taking the Vikings to their first ever NCAA Tournament.[5] In 2009, Bone coached the Vikings to a second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.[5] In four years with Portland State, Bone compiled a 77–49 record.[6][4]

In 2009, Bone accepted an offer to become the head coach at Washington State.[6][5] He signed a 7-year contract.[11]

Bone was dismissed from the WSU Basketball program on March 18 of 2014 when Athletic Director, Bill Moos, elected to pay off the remaining two years on his seven-year contract. This was following a 2014 campaign that saw the Cougars go 10-21 overall and 3-15 in conference play.[12]

After leaving WSU, Bone spent two years as an associate head coach at Montana,[13] then joined Gonzaga as a special assistant to head coach Mark Few for the 2016-17 season.[14] Bone was once again hired by Lorenzo Romar, this time as associate head coach at Pepperdine on March 13, 2018.[15]

Bone has been recognized nationally as a top offensive-minded coach both as assistant and head coach. His teams at Seattle Pacific University, Portland State, and Washington State routinely ranked amongst the nation's elite in offensive efficiency.[16]

Head coaching record[edit]

Sources for Seattle Pacific:[3][17]

Sources for Portland State and Washington State:[18]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Cal State Stanislaus (Northern California Athletic Conference) (1984–1985)
1984–85 Cal State Stanislaus 5–20 1–13
Cal State Stanislaus: 5–20 (.200)
Olympic Rangers (Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges) (1985–1986)
1985–86 Olympic 12–14 6–6 4th (North)[19]
Olympic: 12–14 (.462) 6–6 (.500)
Seattle Pacific Falcons (Great Northwest/Pacific West Conference) (1990–2001)
1990–91 Seattle Pacific 17–10 5–3 T–1st
1991–92 Seattle Pacific 23–8 7–3 T–1st
1992–93 Seattle Pacific 21–9 7–3 T–3rd
1993–94 Seattle Pacific 18–10 6–6 T–3rd
1994–95 Seattle Pacific 20–9 9–3 1st NCAA D-II Sweet 16
1995–96 Seattle Pacific 23–6 9–3 T–1st NCAA D-II Sweet 16
1996–97 Seattle Pacific 18–9 6–6 T–3rd
1997–98 Seattle Pacific 18–12 7–5 T–2nd NCAA D-II Sweet 16
1998–99 Seattle Pacific 23–8 12–6 T–3rd NCAA D-II Sweet 16
1999–00 Seattle Pacific 27–5 12–2 1st NCAA D-II Elite Eight
2000–01 Seattle Pacific 21–6 14–4 2nd NCAA D-II First Round
Seattle Pacific Falcons (Great Northwest Athletic Conference) (2001–2002)
2001–02 Seattle Pacific 24–5 15–3 T–1st NCAA D-II Second Round
Seattle Pacific: 252–98 (.721) 109–47 (.699)
Portland State Vikings (Big Sky Conference) (2005–2009)
2005–06 Portland State 12–16 5–9 T–5th
2006–07 Portland State 19–13 9–7 4th
2007–08 Portland State 23–10 14–2 1st NCAA Round of 64
2008–09 Portland State 23–10 11–5 T–2nd NCAA Round of 64
Portland State: 77–49 (.611) 44–23 (.657)
Washington State Cougars (Pac-10/Pac-12 Conference) (2009–2014)
2009–10 Washington State 16–15 6–12 10th
2010–11 Washington State 22–13 9–9 6th NIT Semifinals
2011–12 Washington State 19–18 7–11 T–8th CBI Runners-up
2012–13 Washington State 13–19 4–14 T–11th
2013–14 Washington State 10–21 3–15 11th
Washington State: 80–86 (.482) 29–62 (.319)
Total: 429–266 (.617)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ a b "Ken Bone". University of Washington Official Athletic Site. Archived from the original on March 17, 2005.
  2. ^ "Ken Bone, Head Coach". Seattle Pacific University. Archived from the original on September 6, 2001. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ a b NCAA Career Statistics search for Ken Bone under Coach
  4. ^ a b c "Wazzu's Bone pumped to be Pac-10 coach". 7 April 2009.
  5. ^ a b c d Withers, Bud (April 7, 2009). "Ken Bone is new WSU men's basketball coach". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on May 12, 2009. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  6. ^ a b c "Washington State hires Bone as head coach". 6 April 2009.
  7. ^ "Washington vs. Oregon - Game Recap - January 15, 2009 - ESPN".
  8. ^ "Ken Bone Profile - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site".
  9. ^ "Ross leads Huskies to win over Cougars -". 15 January 2012.
  10. ^ "O'Neil: Bone aiming to keep Wazzu on the national map". 8 May 2009.
  11. ^ "New Wazzu coach Bone signs 7-year contract". 14 May 2009.
  12. ^ "WSU fires basketball coach Ken Bone".
  13. ^ SAMPLE, KYLE. "Griz associate head basketball coach Bone to step down".
  14. ^ Meehan, Jim (December 16, 2016). "Ken Bone enjoys new role with Gonzaga basketball". Spokesman-Review. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  15. ^ "Ken Bone". Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  16. ^ "It's a matter of style, and Cougars choose Ken Bone". 7 April 2009.
  17. ^ "Men's Basketball: History". Seattle Pacific University. Archived from the original on December 2, 2002. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  18. ^ "Ken Bone". sports-reference CBB. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  19. ^ "NWAC 2016 Men's and Women's Basketball Championships" (PDF). Men's Basketball History. NWAC. p. 53. Retrieved April 8, access

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