Leon Rice

Leon Rice (born November 25, 1963)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Boise State Broncos
Current conference: Mountain West Conference (MWC)
Boise State record: 290-166 (.635)
Overall record^: 290-166 (.635)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2010-present Boise State
1999-2010 Gonzaga (asst)
1998-1999 Yakima Valley CC
1996-1998 Yakima Valley CC (asst)
1992-1994 Northern Colorado (asst)
1990-1992 Oregon (asst)
1989-1990 Oregon (grad. asst)

Leon Rice Facts

  • Leon Paul Rice
  • Born November 25, 1963
  • Hometown: Richland, Washington
  • Alma Mater: Washington State University (BA, 1986) / University of Oregon (MA, 1991)
  • First coaching jobs were as a graduate assistant and then full-time assistant at Oregon under Don Monson
  • Was an assistant for two seasons at Northern Colorado under head coach Ken Smith
  • Was the head coach at Yakima Valley CC during the 1998-99 season, going 31-2 overall and 12-0 in conference
  • Spent eleven seasons as an assistant at Gonzaga under head coach Mark Few
  • Hired as the head coach at Boise State in March 2010
    • Has taken the Broncos to the postseason eight times (4 NCAA, 3 NIT, 1 CBI) during his tenure
    • Won a share of the MWC title in 2015 and then won outright in 2022; named MWC COY for both years
    • In July 2022, Rice signed a new five-year contract that will keep him with the program through 2026-27 season

Leon Rice Coaching Tree

  • Chris Acker (Long Beach State)
  • Jeff Linder (Wyoming, Northern Colorado)
  • Ryan Lundgren (Carroll College)
  • Shaun Vandiver (Emporia State)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only