Ken Bone - Thoughts and Observations

News of Ken Bone's hiring as Washington assistant basketball coach was quick to spread across the airwaves this afternoon, and for good reason. Husky Head Coach Lorenzo Romar is making a statement hire with Bone, a Seattle native and former coach at Seattle Pacific.

"I'm just down the canal," Bone told Dawgman.com today. "I'm going to throw my stuff in a boat and I'm gone (laughs). I'm packing things up now and I'll have my office cleaned out by tonight."

Bone has already been hard at work getting things done at U-Dub. "I was there this morning," he said. "Basically we are going to be working on recruiting and we'll also be studying film of last year so we can get to know the players on the team. We are also doing as much as we can right now with individual skill development."

Hiring Bone made a lot of sense for Romar, and Ken wasted no time in accepting the position. Many people would look at this as a demotion of sorts for the former head coach, but Bone doesn't see it that way at all. "Basically, the main reason I decided to do this was that I wanted to be a part of Lorenzo Romar's staff," he said. "I've known Lorenzo for 20 years and he's as good as they get when it comes to this profession. He knows basketball and it's going to be great working with and for him. And it's a great opportunity to work at a D1 program and specifically in the Pac-10, and the best thing about it is that I don't have to relocate. I love it here in Seattle and I want to spend the rest of my coaching career and the rest of my life here."

Putting together a 253-97 mark in his 12 seasons at SPU put Bone's name on the Division II map, but Ken knew it was time for a change. "It's a good career move for me," said Bone. "I've been here (SPU) for 16 years, 12 as head coach. I'm 43 years old and I needed to make a move. This was the right time."

Bone gave some background into his relationship with the new men's basketball coach at Washington. "Well, I met Lorenzo when he was at U-Dub and I was going to school at SPU," he said. "We were both gym rats and we would play all over - the IMA, Hec Ed, Greenlake. After he finished school we didn't keep in touch too much until he got into coaching. Our relationship rekindled when he was hired at UCLA."

Talking to coach, it's clear he's given his new position some careful thought. He knows exactly how he'll fit in. "As a head coach, I feel that I have a very good idea as to what a head coach is looking for in an assistant, just knowing when and where to deliver suggestions," he said. "There's definitely good and bad times to do that, like in the heat of the moment, and I think I can help him there. And I also think I can help in recruiting. Lorenzo has great contacts, but with the contacts I have up and down the West Coast I feel that I can give him a lift in that area."

Don't expect Bone to bolt for the next best offer that comes around, now that he's accepted a position at the D1 level. "I love the Northwest," he said. "I have a wife and three daughters and I am very much grounded in Seattle. This is not going to be a stepping stone for me. I want to see U-Dub succeed and I want to support Coach Romar in any way I can. I want to help them become contenders in the Pac-10 and nationally too."

Bone brings about as close an outside perspective as any person can to the Husky hoops program. He watched while the Dawgs struggled under former head coach Bob Bender. "I think the biggest thing was losing so many key players," Bone said when asked for his perspective on the demise of the program under Bender's watch. "Losing key players sets programs back, hurts depth and affects team chemistry. You just can't afford to lose those kinds of players. I mean (Dan) Dickau? He was a first team All-American, right? Who saw that coming? No one saw that coming. He's very much a self-made player. So not all of the problems were Bob's fault.

Bone continues. "It's very hard to keep athletes like that happy all the time. We have been very fortunate at SPU over the years because we have been able to get players that seem to be more level-headed. When you recruit the level of player that U-Dub has, you get players that have always been told how great they are. Bob is such a nice guy, when things didn't go right for a player, he allowed them to have an easy exit. Guys like (Mark) Sanford, the player that went to Germany (Patrick Femerling), (Roberto) Bergeson...there are so many guys I can't think of them all. And they were all good players."

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