Boise State extends contract of men's hoops coach

Apr 4, 2013 - 5:47 AM Boise, ID (Sports Network) - Boise State has rewarded head men's basketball coach Leon Rice with a two-year contract extension, athletics director Mark Coyle announced Wednesday.

Terms of the deal, which would keep Rice at Boise State until at least 2018, are subject to approval by the Idaho State Board of Education.

Rice, in his third season at Boise State, led his team to a 21-11 mark in 2012-13, helping the Broncos earn their first ever at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to La Salle in a first-round matchup.

"We are very excited about the direction of the Boise State men's basketball program," Coyle stated. "Leon and his staff have done an outstanding job the past three years, and we want to make sure we are continuing to move forward."

Rice was hired on March 26, 2010 and has posted two 20-win seasons during his time at Boise State, becoming the first head coach in school history to accomplish the feat and the fastest head coach to reach 50 wins at Boise State all-time.

"I am excited about the continued growth of this program, and I am humbled by the positive outpouring of support of the Boise State administration and Bronco Nation," Rice said.

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