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Leon Rice

As of 5/5/22.

 

Leon Rice (Boise State University) is serving as an assistant coach for the 2022 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team, which is set to compete in the 2022 FIBA Americas U18 Men’s Championship this summer.

 

He makes his USA Basketball debut as the all-time winningest coach in Boise State men’s basketball history.

 

In 12 years at the helm (since 2010), Rice has guided Boise State to seven postseason appearances and nine 20-win seasons.

 

During the 2021-22 season, Rice, the Mountain West Coach of the Year, led Boise State to a program-best 27 wins. The team set a program record for conference wins with 15 and consecutive wins with 14, as Boise State won the Mountain West regular season and tournament titles for the first time in program history. His team earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 8 seed in the West Region.

 

Rice has led Boise State to the NCAA Tournament three times (2012-13, 2014-15 and 2021-22).

 

Before coaching at Boise State, Rice spent 11 seasons at Gonzaga, where he served as an assistant coach from 1999 to 2007 and an associate head coach from 2007 to 2010. During his tenure, Gonzaga made the Sweet 16 four times (2000, 2001, 2006 and 2009).

Rice coached at Yakima Valley College, where he served two seasons as an assistant coach and one as co-head coach with Dean Nicholson. He then served as head coach for the 1998-99 campaign. In 1999, YVC went 31-2 en route to capturing its fourth-straight Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Eastern Region title.

 

The 31 wins were a school record and came four seasons after Rice and Nicholson inherited a program that had gone 3-20 overall during the 1994-95 season. YVC went a perfect 12-0 in the NWAACC in 1999 and Rice earned his second-straight Eastern Region Coach of the Year honor.

 

After one year of high school coaching, Rice began his collegiate career as a graduate assistant coach at Oregon in 1989 and then served two seasons as a full-time assistant coach for the Ducks. He was the head assistant coach at Northern Colorado in Greeley for three seasons before going to YVC.

 

Rice received his bachelor’s in physical education from Washington State in 1986 and his master’s in athletic administration, management and program development from Oregon in 1991.

 

Rice and his wife, Robin, have three sons, Brock, Max and Kade.

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