After 12 years apart, Greg Graham reunites with his former teammate and boss, Ernie Kent, as he enters his first season as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Washington State in 2014-15.
Graham spent 10 years as an assistant coach for Kent, first at Saint Mary’s (1992-97) and then at Oregon (1997-2002). The two also played together as men’s basketball student-athletes at Oregon for four seasons from 1974-77.
Graham comes to the Palouse from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., where he spent three seasons as an assistant coach. Prior to his stint with the Braves, Graham served as head coach at Boise State for eight years (2002-10), where he was the school’s second-winningest coach with a 142-112 mark.
Graham was the 2008 Western Athletic Conference and NABC District 13 Coach of the Year after leading the Broncos to a school-record 25 wins, a sweep of the WAC regular-season and postseason tournament titles and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1994. The 2008 Boise State squad ranked third nationally by shooting 50.8 percent from the field, while also finishing seventh in assists per game (17.8), 10th in scoring (81.4 ppg) and 20th in 3-point field goal percentage (.393). The team also set school records for points scored (2,767), field goals made (994), 3-point field goals made (271) and assists (605).
In his second year at Boise State in 2003-04, Graham led the Broncos to a 23-10 record and became the first coach in program history to lead BSU to multiple postseason wins in the same season, NIT victories versus UNLV and Milwaukee.
In his second stint as an assistant at Oregon, Graham was the "offensive coordinator" for Kent's Ducks from 1997-2002, a five-year stint that culminated with a Pac-10 regular-season championship and a run to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. The 2001-02 Ducks trailed only Kansas and Duke by averaging 85.9 points per game and ranked fourth nationally in scoring margin at 14.5 points per game.
Graham also helped Oregon to the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and the NIT semifinals in 1999. In the 15 years before landing at WSU, Graham’s teams played in the postseason seven times.
A four-year letterman at Oregon, Graham helped the Ducks to three NIT trips as a player. The team captain as a senior, Graham earned his bachelor of science in biology from Oregon in 1978. He went on to earn a master's degree in educational administration from Dayton in 1982.
Upon graduation from Oregon, Graham began his coaching career at the prep level as an assistant at Eugene's Marist Catholic High School in 1978-79. While pursuing his post-graduate degree, he was the boys basketball head coach at Louisville (Ohio) High School from 1979-82.
Graham and his wife, Marsha, have two sons, Marcus and Max.
The Greg Graham File
- Served as head coach at Boise State for eight years, becoming the school’s second winningest coach at the time.
- Led Broncos to three postseason tournaments, including the NCAA Tournament in 2008.
- Named NABC and WAC Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 2008 season.
- That same year, team compiled a school-record 25 wins, tied for first in the league and won the WAC Tournament championship.
- Bronco squads had a perfect APR score twice and had the highest WAC four-year APR average at 986 from 2007-10.
- During his second tenure as an assistant coach at Oregon, the Ducks earned one regular-season Pac-10 championship and an appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
- Working as Oregon’s “offensive coordinator” for Kent’s Ducks from 1997-2002, the 2001-2002 Ducks ranked third in the nation in scoring, averaging 85.9 points per game, and ranked fourth in scoring margin at +14.5 points per game.
- As an assistant coach at Oregon, Graham helped the team to the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and the NIT semifinals in 1999.
- As a player at Oregon, helped the Ducks to three NIT trips, was a four-year letterman and served as team captain as a senior.
Education: Oregon, 1978 (Biology); Dayton, 1982 (Master’s in Educational Administration).
1979-1982 Louisville High School (Ohio) – Head Coach
1982-1983 Oregon – Assistant Coach
1983-1984 New Mexico – Assistant Coach
1984-1985 Western New Mexico – Head Coach
1985-1989 San Jose State – Assistant Coach
1989-1992 San Diego State – Assistant Coach
1992-1997 Saint Mary’s (Calif.) – Assistant Coach
1997-2002 Oregon – Assistant Coach
2002-2010 Boise State – Head Coach
2011-2014 Bradley – Assistant Coach
2014-present Washington State – Assistant Coach
Wife – Marsha; sons, Marcus and Max