Tuesday was a busy day for coaching news at Washington State.
In the afternoon, new Athletic Director Pat Chun announced that the school would part ways with women’s basketball coach June Daugherty. But that wasn’t the only thing coaching related news on Tuesday.
(No, Jeff’s editorial on Ernie Kent doesn’t count as news. But it is well worth a read.)
Former WSU basketball coach Ken Bone has had trouble sticking at a new job since leaving Pullman. Bone spent two seasons as an associate head coach for Montana, before joining Gonzaga as a special assistant for one season in 2016. He didn’t work in college basketball last season. Bone joked about his short live jobs yesterday in a rare twitter appearance.
Bone will be an associate head coach once again at Pepperdine. The Waves hired former Washington head coach and Arizona assistant Lorenzo Romar on Monday, and Romar acted quickly to build his staff, with Bone being the first name announced on Tuesday. The two have a long history together that started in 2002 when Bone spent 3 seasons on Romar’s staff at Washington. “When I was hired at Washington the first guy I wanted to bring on was Ken Bone, and so he joined me on that staff,” Romar said in Pepperdine’s press release. “He went on to be a successful head coach. He’s a great basketball mind who really understands the game. I think he will be a fantastic addition at Pepperdine.”
You can (and probably have) said a lot of things about Bone’s time at Washington State, but I’m happy to see him back in the game. He always seemed like a nice guy, if not a great Pac-12 head coach. Plus, he was great in 30 Rock!
Washington State announces women’s basketball coach June Daugherty won’t return in 2018-19 | The Spokesman-Review
June Daugherty has been at the helm of the Washington State women’s basketball program since 2007, but the longtime coach won’t oversee the Cougars for a 12th season.
Pepperdine, head coach Lorenzo Romar announce addition of former Washington State coach Ken Bone | The Spokesman-Review
Longtime Washington coach Lorenzo Romar isn’t waiting long to assemble his new coaching staff at Pepperdine and he started Tuesday by adding a former nemesis and colleague from the Pac-12 Conference.
Power teams who won’t play a non-conference Power opponent in 2018
This is Washington State’s third-consecutive season without a Power opponent in non-conference play. It makes the Cougars the biggest repeat offender on the naughty list.
Cougars Open Road Trip Wednesday at Long Beach State - Washington State University
Washington State (4-8) opens a seven-game road stretch with a trip to Long Beach State (5-11) 6 p.m. Wednesday.