Ladd was a former standout at Rainier Beach and played at Washington State.

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Mike Ladd, former Rainier Beach and Washington State standout player, has been hired as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Seattle Pacific.

Ladd, 26, has been involved with education and youth basketball coaching in the Seattle area since graduating from Washington State in 2013. He was the assistant boys basketball coach at Cleveland High School last year.

Ladd is the second assistant hired by Grant Leep, who was promoted to the SPU head-coaching post May 9 after serving as an assistant for seven years. Kegan Bone was hired as a Falcons assistant on June 1.

A prep star at Rainier Beach in Seattle, Ladd averaged 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists as a senior in 2008. He received the most valuable player award of the tournament after leading the Vikings to the state Class 3A tournament championship.


• After leading the majority of the game, the Washington State men’s basketball team saw its lead disappear late in the fourth quarter as it fell 67-58 to Vicenze (Italy) Select.

Senior Josh Hawkinson of Shorewood High recorded his second straight double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds as he was named the Washington State player of the game. Senior Charles Callison and junior Derrien King each added 10 points.