Ken Bone, the former Washington assistant who also coached at Seattle Pacific and Portland State, has been fired as head coach at Washington State after compiling an 80-86 record in five seasons.
WSU finished with a 10-21 record this season, and went just 3-15 in Pac-12 play to finish in 11th place. The Cougars finished 13-19 and 4-14 in 2012-13, and finished 19-18 and 7-11 in 2011-12. That steady decline followed a 22-13 finish in 2010-11, a season in which Bone guided WSU to the NIT semifinals.
“Ken and I met earlier today,” WSU athletic director Bill Moos said in a statement released by the school. “At that meeting I informed him I would be making a change in the direction of the program. I appreciate what Ken has done for Cougar basketball, leading us to the postseason twice in the last four years, and I thanked him for his service to WSU. But at this point we need to revitalize our fan base, particularly our student body, and position this program to compete for championships.”
Moos said a replacement will be named “as soon as possible.”
Bone was an assistant under Lorenzo Romar at UW from 2002-05, a part of the staff that led UW to its first two NCAA appearances under Romar. At Portland State, Bone led the Vikings to back-to-back NCAA tournament bids in 2008 and 2009, which he parlayed into a 7-year contract at WSU.
Under the terms of his deal, Bone is due a buyout of $1.7 million.