Kegan Bone, who worked last season on the staff at Western Oregon University, was hired as an assistant coach at Seattle Pacific University, first-year men’s basketball head coach Grant Leep announced.
Bone, 27, served as an assistant coach at WOU under Coach Jim Shaw. The Wolves posted a 31-4 record in 2016, won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the national semifinals.
“Kegan stood out in many ways,” Leep said of the hiring process. “He has deep roots in Northwest basketball, he is a tireless worker who is passionate about developing our student-athletes and has an intimate understanding of the rich tradition of SPU men’s basketball.
“Kegan’s character and commitment will allow for a seamless transition for our program going forward.”
Bone is the first assistant hired by Leep, who was promoted to the SPU head coaching post on May 9 after serving as an assistant for seven years.
“There’s just a lot of excitement. Being around SPU as a youngster and kind of growing up being around the university, it’s great to come back to a place that feels like home,” said Bone. “I’m so thrilled to be working with Coach Leep. He’s a great guy and he’s going to do great things with this program.
“Being at Western Oregon was great last year, gaining some experience there. I’m not really looking forward to playing them twice this year. But having a lot of familiarity with the GNAC, the coaches and teams, will be a help for us.”
Prior to arriving at Western Oregon, Bone served as the Director of Video Operations at the University of Washington. While with the Huskies, Bone was responsible for all video materials in relation to the men’s basketball program that included scouting opponents, game and practice evaluations and the recruitment of potential players.
Before moving into the video operations role, Bone was the head student basketball manager at Washington for three seasons (2009-12).
Along with his video work at Washington, Bone was eventually promoted to the Director’s position for the Lorenzo Romar Basketball Camps after previously filling the assistant director role.
A 2012 Washington graduate with a degree in sociology, Bone played two seasons at Everett Community College after prepping at Snohomish High School.
His father, Len Bone, played men’s basketball at Seattle Pacific from 1973-77. Len stepped down on May 26 after 21 years of coaching the Snohomish (Wash.) High School boy’s basketball team.
Kegan is the nephew of Ken Bone who compiled 253 victories, including a Final Four appearance in 2000, as the head coach at SPU from 1990-2002 before. Ken worked as the head coach at both Portland State and Washington State.
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