Kip Ioane is in his 12th season as the head coach of the men’s basketball team at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He is in his 20th season on the coaching staff, including eight years as an assistant coach under Gordie James prior to being named the head coach when James retired prior to the 2009-10 season.
Ioane also attended Willamette as a student-athlete and played for the Bearcats from 1997-98 through 2000-01. He was a two-year captain who earned a total of four letters while playing at Willamette.
As a senior, he 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's Teams Of Men Character Development program, which has garnered national recognition for its work in developing a healthy version of manhood, is entering its eighth season as a requirement for all players on the Willamette team. A tiered, progressive calendar takes players through education in sexual assault prevention, victim advocacy and healthy relationships, and culminates in a senior year capstone presentation to teenage youth in the area.
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Get ready to take some notes as you listen to this episode with Kip Ioane, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Willamette University.