Kenna resigns from Evergreen's men's basketball post to seek other coaching opportunities

Tom KennaMay 13, 2007

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Tom Kenna has resigned after two seasons as head men's basketball coach at The Evergreen State College, the school's athletic department announced Tuesday.

Kenna will seek other opportunities in the coaching profession.

He compiled a 21-39 record as only the second coach the Evergreen program has had. After missing the playoffs in his first season, Kenna took the Geoducks into the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament in 2007 as the eighth seed and pulled off a stunning upset of the NAIA's #5 team, Oregon Tech, in Klamath Falls in the first round, then staged a memorable battle with NAIA #8 Warner Pacific before losing in the conference semi-final.

Although the 2005-06 team was the first in Evergreen history not to reach the post-season, Kenna put the squad on the map by devising the NAIA,s top defense, allowing opponents just 56.1 points per game.

"Tom has nearly all the qualities you see in a lot of the top NCAA Division I coaches," said Evergreen's athletic director Dave Weber. "We may be watching him coach on television in March one day. At the same time, though, there are a lot of quality coaches out there. We'll be looking to bring in a strong, experienced basketball person to move the program forward."

While no time frame has been set for the search for Kenna's replacement, Weber said Evergreen would move rapidly to identify top candidates.

"Clearly, we want to be as fair as possible to our returning players and signed recruits; to let them know quickly who they will be playing for," he said.