HOOPS: Bone restructures staff

KEN BONE HAS restructured his basketball staff, WSU said in a release today.

As part of the restructuring, WSU said, assistant coach Jeff Hironaka will move from being an on-the-floor assistant coach to the position of director of player development/special assistant to the head coach.

No replacement for Hironaka as an assistant coach has been named at this time, said WSU. Since he will no longer be an assistant coach, Hironaka will not be able to recruit off campus or give on-floor instruction during games.

Hironaka fills a position left open when the Cougars' coordinator of operations, Jared Barrett, left to become an assistant coach at Southern Utah.

"Jared's departure gave us a good opportunity to restructure our staff and duties," Ken Bone said. "I feel good about having Jeff in the position of director of player development/special assistant to the head coach, as he will do a great job fulfilling his duties."

Hironaka has worked alongside Bone for 14 years, including 11 at Seattle Pacific University, in addition to his three at WSU. Prior to arriving at Washington State, Hironaka spent the previous seven years as the head coach at SPU after taking the reins from Bone before to the 2002-03 season.


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