Geoducks Picked Ninth

Contact: Erik Snyder (360) 867-6537
Sports Information Director
The Evergreen State College

October 23, 2005

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Tom Kenna, Evergreen's new Head men's basketball coach, has his work cut out for him this season according to the pre-season poll. Coaches from the Cascade Collegiate Conference have picked his Geoducks to finish ninth in the ten-team league.

Oregon Tech and Southern Oregon were tied for first place in the poll with 16 points each. The two teams tied for first place in the conference last season with identical 14-4 marks. Evergreen finished last season tied for fifth in the conference with a 9-9 record. Over the course of the season, seven of the Cascade Conference's ten teams were ranked in the national top 25. Four CCC teams made the national tournament.

Kenna is the second coach in the history of Evergreen men's basketball. Outgoing coach John Barbee started the program in 1997, guided the team to a 112-113 record over eight seasons and into the NAIA National Championship Tournament in 2001-2002.

Kenna most recently served as associate head coach at the University of California San Diego, an NCAA Division II school. Kenna's previous coaching posts include stints at Long Beach State University in Long Beach, Calif., where he served as assistant coach, and Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., where he served as interim head men's coach from 2002 to 2003 and as lead assistant coach from 1999-2002. As head coach, Kenna led his Spring Hill team to the "Final Four" of its conference tournament. His team ranked as high as sixth in the nation and held the distinction of being the number one defensive team in the nation.

2005-2006 Men's Basketball Preseason Poll

Cascade Collegiate Conference

1/2 Oregon Tech (5) 16
1/2 Southern Oregon (5) 16
3. Albertson 33
4. Warner Pacific 50
5. Corban 51
6. Northwest 52
7/8 Eastern Oregon 71
7/8 Concordia 71
9. The Evergreen State 92
10. Cascade 98