April 7, 2009
Q&A with WSU Head Coach Ken Bone
What drew you to the head coaching position at WSU?
"Growing up in the state of Washington and being aware of Washington State University for many years, I always thought it would be a great place to coach basketball. I know the history here from following Cougar and Husky basketball as much as anything growing up. To have the opportunity to coach in the Pac-10, to bring my family here and raise our three daughters in a nice community, is very exciting."
What are you most looking forward to as a Cougar?
"The challenge of competing in the Pacific-10 Conference which is one of the most prestigious conferences in the country."
How do you think your Northwest ties will help you at Washington State?
"I think the fact that I have lived here in the Northwest for most of my life and coaching basketball for a long time, the context that I have in the Northwest will help tremendously for recruiting."
What are your impressions of Pullman?
"Small, but very friendly. From everything I have always heard, it is a great community and a wonderful place to raise a family. For me, right now, it is perfect."
What goals have you set for the program?
"To build on what the Bennetts have put in place here at Washington State. They have provided a very good foundation and I would like to build upon what they have contributed."
What is your initial impression of the team?
"I had an opportunity to watch them workout first in the weight room at 6 a.m. I thought for being there at 6 a.m. and lifting weights, which is not what a lot of people want to do first thing in the morning, I was impressed with their work ethic and I thought they had a good attitude about being there. Then when I had a chance to meet with them in the classroom I thought they were very attentive and asked good questions; it went about as well as I thought it could go."
What would you like Cougar fans to know about you and your coaching philosophy?
"We won't run the exact same offense that the Bennetts used during their time here but the offense that I ran as a head coach over the past 10-12 years originated from Dick Bennett's blocker-mover system."
What style of play can Cougar fans expect from your teams?
"A group of kids that play well together as a unit and share the ball. We will try to push it in transition and take advantage of three-point shots. And we will get a little defense in there somewhere too."
What is your biggest priority in your first week on the job?
"First and foremost, getting to know the kids on the team and starting to build a relationship with them off the court and putting together a staff. Those are my two highest priorities."