WSU selects Ernie Kent to take over basketball program

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by KREM 2 Sports

KREM.com

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 1 at 12:34 AM

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PULLMAN -- Bill Moos has hired former Oregon head coach Ernie Kent to take over Washington State's basketball program.

The program announced the news Monday afternoon, announcing a press conference to introduce Kent for Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum.

Moos signed Kent to a five-year roll over contract, the terms of which were not announced.

"I am excited that Ernie will be the leader of our men's basketball program," Moos said in the release. "I have witnessed firsthand his many talents. He has proven that he can win championships in our conference. Together we saw tremendous success at his alma mater and I have every reason to expect to see the same at mine."

"I'm looking forward to providing the kind of passion and leadership to help potential student-athletes understand how special WSU is," Kent said. "As a head coach I saw the excitement created by Tony Bennett. When WSU is having success, Beasley Coliseum is one of the best environments in the West.

"When you see that arena full and the program was at its best and now you have the opportunity to lead that program and you understand the potential that exists, that is very special to me."

CollegeAD.org was the first to report the news. 

Shortly thereafter many other backed up the story, including ESPN' Andy Katz who said he spoke with the former Duck.  

Kent was among the first names cited as a possible candidate for the job after Ken Bone was fired March 18th. That was a result of his connection with Moos from the Athletic Director's days at Oregon, where he hired Kent. Kent spent 13 seasons as the man in charge in Eugene, from 1997-1998 to 2009-2010.

During that time he put together a 235-174 record, with a 109-135 mark in the Pac-10. His seven postseason appearances with Oregon included five trips to the NCAA Tournament, one Pac-10 regular season crown (2002) and two conference tournament championships (2003, 2007).

In 2002 and 2007 Kent guided the Ducks to the Elite Eight.

Prior to his time at Oregon, Kent served as the head coach at Saint Mary's.

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