May 12, 2009
Todd Kent Hired as the New Slug Women's Basketball Coach
SANTA CRUZ, CA-- The 2009-2010 Women's Basketball season will have a new face come this fall. After five seasons at UCSC, Head Coach Nikki Turner has accepted the Head Assistant Coach position at DII Cal State University East Bay, effective July 1st. Turner will continue at UCSC through June to wrap up her administrative duties as the Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director and to assist with the transition of a new head coach.
Taking over for Turner and the Women's Basketball team will be new hire Todd Kent. Todd is entering UCSC from Seattle University where he spent two seasons as an assistant coach. Prior to Seattle Kent was at La Salle High School in Yakima, Wash. where he was the Dean of Students, a teacher, and the head girls basketball coach. In five seasons he compiled a record of 106-23. He led his team to a class B State Championship in 2006 and was named Seattle Times Washington State B Girls Coach of the Year. He was awarded the same honor in 2007 as well when he led his team to a state runner-up finish. Todd was also the coach of the Eastern Washington All-State Girls Team in the summers of 2006 and 2007. He has also made coaching stops at Highland HS, Rosalia HS, Lind HS, and South Puget Sounds Community College.
Todd is a graduate of Eastern Washington University where he earned his degree in Recreation and Leisure Service Management. He received his master's degree in teaching from Heritage University in 2003. Kent enjoys hiking in the Cascades with his wife Stephanie, who is a ER Nurse. The Kents welcomed Frances Carolyn Kent to the family on September 2, 2008. They also have two dogs, Hobbs and Daisy.