Drinkwine hired to steer basketball program

June 4, 2007

Coach Jeff Drinkwine

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Just eighteen days following Tom Kenna's resignation as Head Men's Basketball Coach, Evergreen has hired Jeff Drinkwine to steer the program. It was not a rushed decision however. Two years ago Drinkwine impressed Evergreen staff during a search for a new head coach, narrowly missing the spot to Kenna.

Drinkwine, who played college basketball at Eastern Oregon University during the 1990's, is already familiar to the Cascade Conference his new team competes in and with the local community itself. He spent last season as the interim head coach at Pierce College in Tacoma and prior to that as an assistant coach at nearby St. Martin's University for three seasons. Drinkwine also assisted at Boise State and Pacific Lutheran University.

As it is for any new coach stepping in to an existing program, Drinkwine knows his first steps into the head coaching position will be unglamorous. "I am contacting the recruits and existing players to introduce myself and bring everyone together" Drinkwine informed.

Once the team is rebuilt, Drinkwine has goals for the program that have been stewing since he interviewed for the job two years ago.

"My ideas fit with Evergreen's sense of commitment to the community and building good citizens" Drinkwine explains. "I want to build the best small college program in the region. By that I mean not just having a successful team on the court, but also graduating players and contributing to the community."

As a coach Drinkwine has the experience to build a strong team and his enthusiasm will bring a needed boost to the program.

Drinkwine currently lives in the Tacoma area with his wife Diane and their two children.