WSU welcomes new head basketball coach Ernie Kent

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 2 at 11:17 PM

PULLMAN, Wash.— Washington State University leaders introduced new head basketball coach Ernie Kent on Wednesday.

Bill Moos announced that he had hired the former Oregon head coach on Monday.
Moos signed Kent to a five-year roll over contract, with $1.4 million guaranteed per year.

"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."

Kent reflected on his experiences during his 13-year tenure at Oregon, but was quick to add, "If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and eats ducks it must be a Cougar, and that's me".

Kent met with his new players before Wednesday's event, and had a workout scheduled with the team for later that evening.

"My energy and passion for college basketball is relentless," said Kent. "Everything is in place here for this program to have enormous success."

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