Former Olympic basketball coach directs Portland State to March Madness
Ken Bone, the former men's basketball coach at Olympic College, has guided Portland State University to its first ever NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships.
Bone took over the Portland State program in 2005-06 season when his team finished 12-16 overall. In the following season, he led the Vikings to a 19-13 record and a fourth place finish in the Big Sky Conference Tournament.
This season, the Vikings are 23-9, the best in school history, and recently won the Big Sky Conference Tournament with a win over Northern Arizona to earn an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
Bone began his head coaching career at Cal State Stanislaus in 1984-85, then took the helm at Olympic during the '85-86 season before moving on to an assistant and head coaching position with Seattle Pacific. In 2002, Bone took an assignment as an assistant with the University of Washington until PSU contacted him about taking over the program at Portland.
Bone's NWAACC connections began in the late 1970's when he played basketball at Edmonds CC and Shoreline CC prior to playing for Seattle University in 1980-82.
His staff also includes other NWAACC connections; assistant coach Eric Harper was the head coach at Yakima Valley before joining PSU for the 2005-06 season and associate head coach Tyler Geving played for Highline in the early 1990s.