Ken Bone, who transformed Seattle Pacific University into one of the nation's premier NCAA Division II programs, is in his third year at Washington. He was hired as an assistant coach on Lorenzo Romar's staff on April 16, 2002.
Last season, Bone helped direct Washington to a runner-up finish in the Pac-10 regular-season standings. The Huskies advanced to the championship game of the Pac-10 Tournament and competed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999. UW swept all three meetings with highly ranked Arizona and capped the regular season with a win over No. 1 and undefeated Stanford.
Bone, 46, moved across town to join the Huskies after serving 12 seasons as the head coach at Seattle Pacific. He registered a 253-97 (.723) record between 1990-2002 and ranks No. 2 in victories among all-time Falcon coaches. Bone's SPU teams claimed six outright or shared conference championships and earned eight NCAA playoff appearances.
The Falcons made five trips to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 in the past eight years, including a semifinal appearance in 2000 that capped a 27-5 season. In 2000, Bone was recognized as both NABC District 8 Coach of the Year and PacWest Conference Co-Coach of the Year.
Seattle Pacific posted a 24-5 record, advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs and were ranked ninth in the final 2002 poll. SPU is one of only four division II teams to qualify for the playoffs in each of the last five years.
One of Bone's SPU squads played a home exhibition game against UW on Nov. 10, 2000, losing an 83-81 overtime decision to the Huskies at Brougham Pavilion.
"He has run a program for quite some time and has been very successful. Ken and I share a lot of the same philosophies and he complements the rest of our staff very well," Romar says. "I am extremely impressed with his ties throughout the Northwest. He really has a great feel for the pulse of basketball in the state of Washington and the West Coast."
Prior to his tenure at Seattle Pacific, Bone had two collegiate head coaching jobs. He coached the 1984-85 season at Cal State Stanislaus and directed the Olympic Community College program in Bremerton, Wash. during 1985-86. Bone served four years as an assistant at SPU under Claude Terry from 1986-90 before taking over head coaching duties beginning with the 1990-91 campaign.
The first alum to run the program, Bone graduated from Seattle Pacific in 1983 and received his master's in athletic administration in 1993. He played two seasons (1980-82) at SPU after one-year stints at Shoreline and Edmonds community colleges. He is a Shorecrest High School graduate.
A Seattle native, Bone comes from a prominent Northwest basketball family. His father, Walt Bone, was a longtime prep coach in Seattle at Queen Anne High School and later Nathan Hale High. His older brother, Len Bone, is currently the head boy's coach at Snohomish (Wash.) High School. Ken, his wife Connie, and daughters Kendra, Jenae and Chelsea reside in Richmond Beach, Wash.