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Kip Ioane '01, MAT '02

Kip Ioane '01, MAT '02
  • Head Coach
  • (6th year, 31–94)
  • BA, Willamette University  '01
    MAT, Willamette University  '02
  • Sparks 206
  • (503) 370-6063 voice

Kip Ioane (pronounced "eye-own") is preparing to enter his sixth season as the head coach of the men’s basketball team at Willamette University. He was an assistant coach for the Bearcats for eight seasons prior to being named the head coach.

"I am extremely confident in where our program is heading," Ioane said. "Our aggressive style of play, our commitment to the family that is Bearcat Hoop, and our qualities as men on and off the floor are all the foundation of great things to come."

Ioane also played for the Bearcats from 1997-98 through 2000-01. He was a two-year captain and earned a total of four letters while playing at Willamette.

He also was a finalist for the Josten’s Trophy, given to the NCAA Division III men’s basketball player of the year. Ioane earned a bachelor’s degree from Willamette in 2001 and achieved a Master’s of Art in Teaching at WU in 2002.

Ioane was All-Conference and All-State in football, basketball and track and field as an athlete at Billings Skyview High School in Montana. He competed in 100 basketball games as a player at Willamette. He helped the Bearcats achieve a combined record of 54-44 during his four seasons.

He became the Pro Hoop Camp director in 2009. Pro Hoop Camp is held during the summer and offers four sessions for youngsters ages 7-17. Ioane stresses individual skill development and team concepts as well as overall attitude. Jersey Day and the "2-minute games" are highlights during each week of the camp.

Ioane’s wife, Kelly (Sorenson) ’01, was a star for WU in volleyball and basketball. Kip and Kelly are the parents of Lincoln, 7 years old, Leah, age 5 and Xavier, two years old.

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