Ernie Kent

Ernie Kent (born January 22, 1955)

Teams coached: Saint Mary’s Gaels, Oregon Ducks, Washington State Cougars
Saint Mary’s record: 90-80 (.529)
Oregon record: 235-173 (.576)
Washington State record: 58-98 (.372)
Overall record: 383-351 (.522)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2014-2019 Washington State
1997-2010 Oregon
1991-1997 Saint Mary’s
1989-1991 Stanford (asst)
1987-1989 Colorado State (asst)

Ernie Kent Facts

  • Ernest Kent
  • Born January 22, 1955
  • Hometown: Rockford, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: University of Oregon (BA, 1977)
  • Played four seasons for the Oregon Ducks under former head coach Dick Harter
  • Started his coaching career with the Al-Khaleej Club in Saudi Arabia, leading the team from 1980-1987
  • Was an assistant for two seasons at Colorado State under Boyd Grant, then for two seasons at Stanford under Hall of Fame head coach Mike Montgomery
  • Won 90 games over six seasons as Saint Mary’s head coach, going to the NCAA Tournament in 1997
  • Hired that off-season to become the head coach at his alma mater, Oregon, where he would stay for 13 seasons
    • Led the Ducks to five NCAA Tournaments and 2 NITs as head coach, including two trips to the Elite Eight (2002 & 2007)
    • In 2022, Kent was inducted into the Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame
  • Became the head coach at Washington State in March 2014 after several years out of coaching
  • Along with his wife, Diana, has three children

Ernie Kent Coaching Tree