SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State University has confirmed that Athletic Director Bill Moos has tapped Ernie Kent to be the next men's basketball coach in Pullman.
Cougfan.com was one of the first to break the news about the hiring of the 18th Cougar basketball coach, confirmed a short time later by Dave Mahler at Sportsradio 950 KJR in Seattle. Andy Katz with ESPN said he spoke with him and the official announcement from the university is scheduled for Wednesday.
The university confirmed Kent's hiring and said a press conference would be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
"I am excited that Ernie will be the leader of our men's basketball program," Moos said in a statement posted to WSUCougars.com. "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 in the same statement. "Getting back into coaching for me has meant finding the right program that matches up with my passion, my vision, my beliefs and my commitment; and I feel Washington State University fits all that criteria for me."
Kent, 59, last worked with Moos at Oregon, where he coached the Ducks from 1997-2010, taking the team to the NCAA tourney five times, including an Elite Eight appearance in both 2002 and 2007.Kent was dismissed from the Ducks at the end of 2009-2010 after a 16-16 season (7-11 in the Pac-10).
Since his dismissal from the Ducks, Kent has been working as a commentator for the Pac-12 Network.
Kent has been hired to replace the recently fired Ken Bone, who was let go with two years left on a seven year contract after leading the Cougs to a 10-21 finish this season.