Leon Paul Rice (born November 25, 1963) is an American college basketball coach, and the head men's basketball coach at Boise State University. Rice replaced Greg Graham as head coach of the Broncos on March 26, 2010.[1] In his first season as head coach, he led Boise State to the finals of the 2011 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament and to the semifinals of the 2011 College Basketball Invitational. He is the first Boise State head coach to win 20 games in two of his first three seasons and has 20 or more wins in seven of his first eight seasons. In 2013, he guided the Broncos to their first ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. In 2015, he led the Broncos to their first ever Mountain West regular season championship, and first conference title for Boise State since 2008, and was named the Mountain West coach of the year.

Leon Rice
Leon Rice postgame interview in 2016.jpg
Rice conducts a postgame interview in 2016.
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamBoise State
ConferenceMW
Record178–116 (.605)
Biographical details
Born (1963-11-25) November 25, 1963 (age 55)
Richland, Washington
Alma materWashington State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1989–1992Oregon (asst.)
1992–1994Northern Colorado (asst.)
1996–1998Yakima Valley CC (asst.)
1998–2010Gonzaga (asst.)
2010–presentBoise State
Head coaching record
Overall178–116 (.605)
Tournaments0–2 (NCAA)
1–2 (NIT)
2–1 (CBI)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
MW regular season (2015)
Awards
MW Coach of the Year (2015)

Head coaching recordEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Boise State Broncos (Western Athletic Conference) (2010–2011)
2010–11 Boise State 22–13 10–6 2nd CBI Semifinals
Boise State Broncos (Mountain West Conference) (2011–present)
2011–12 Boise State 13–17 3–11 T–7th
2012–13 Boise State 21–11 9–7 T–4th NCAA First Four
2013–14 Boise State 21–13 9–9 T–5th
2014–15 Boise State 25–9 14–4 T–1st NCAA First Four
2015–16 Boise State 20–12 11–7 3rd
2016–17 Boise State 20–12 12–6 3rd NIT Second Round
2017–18 Boise State 23–9 13–5 2nd NIT First Round
2018–19 Boise State 13–20 7–11 T–7th
Boise State: 178–116 (.605) 88–67 (.568)
Total: 178–116 (.605)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

PersonalEdit

Rice was born on November 25, 1963 in Richland, Washington. He graduated from Washington State University in 1984.

Rice and his wife, Robin, had three boys together, Brock, Max, and Kade. Brock, the oldest, completed his freshman basketball season at Northwest Christian University, where he averaged 5.1 points off the bench for the Bearcats. Max is a freshman, playing for his dad at Boise State.

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