Boise State and Leon Rice agree extension through 2027
BOISE, Idaho – Boise State University and Men’s Basketball Head Coach Leon Rice have reached an agreement on a new five-year contract, the sports director Jeremy Dickey announced Wednesday. The agreement is subject to approval by the Idaho State Board of Education.
“I’m so humbled and excited to be able to lead Bronco basketball into the future,” Rice said. “Our success has been made possible not only by the players and coaches, but also by the incredible support of the Boise State administration. Specifically, I want to thank President Marlene Tromp, Athletic Director Jeremy Dickey; and Administrator of the Men’s Basketball Sports Program Cody Gouger for their commitment and dedication to the basketball program. We will continue to work daily to represent the Boise community with pride and excellence in all that we do.”
The winningest head coach in Boise State history, Rice guided the Broncos to seven playoff appearances and nine 20-win seasons during his 12 years at the helm. Rice and the Broncos raised the bar again in the 2021-22 campaign. Boise State set the best programs for total wins (27), conference wins (15) and consecutive wins (14) en route to winning the Mountain West regular season title and claiming the Mountain Tournament crown West – the first two in the program. Rice was named Mountain West Coach of the Year for his efforts, his second time claiming the award.
Post-season, Rice served as an assistant coach for the USA Basketball U18 Men’s National Team during the FIBA U18 Americas Men’s Championship 2022. Rice helped guide Team USA to gold with a record of 6-0 in the tournament and an average winning margin of 56.7 points per game.
In addition to wins, Rice’s tenure as head coach has also been marked by player development. Among the highlights: the top two NBA draft picks in Boise State history (Chandler Hutchison and Justinian Jessup); the program’s first All-American (Derrick Marks); Boise State’s second all-time leading scorer (Anthony Drmic); the first Bronco to leave early for the NBA draft (James Webb III); and an extra-turned-all-league performer and NBA G League star (Derrick Alston, Jr.). Those names are all among the 25 Broncos to play under Rice and go on to pursue professional careers.
Rice will receive a $150,000 salary increase for the coming year, bringing her salary for fiscal year 2023 to $900,000. During the remaining four years of the contract, his salary will increase by $50,000 each year. He will have the opportunity to win up to three one-year extensions, each also resulting in an annual salary increase of $50,000.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the present and future of Boise State men’s basketball under Leon Rice“, Dickey said. “Coach Rice has put together a successful program on and off the pitch and I am grateful for his commitment to preparing our young men for life. As we continue to make significant investments in our basketball program, I am confident that this next chapter, led by Coach Rice, will be a source of pride for Bronco Nation.”
Additionally, the Bronco Athletic Association received $1.25 million in commitments for a new basketball performance center, recently announced in plans for an Athletics Master Village. The department’s and donor’s ongoing investments in men’s basketball support the four pillars of the department’s What’s Next initiative – infrastructure, revenue generation, student-athlete experience, and commercialization.
Boise State is set to fire 10 student-athletes from last year’s championship team, including a pair of starters in all-conference custody Marcus Shaver, Jr. and Mountain West Freshman of the Year Tyson Degenhart.
Subscriptions for the 2022-23 season are available now. Former season ticket holders have until July 31 to renew their current seat. New subscriptions can be purchased online. Boise State sold more than 900 new season tickets for the upcoming season, well over double the number of new season tickets sold before and during the 2021-22 season.