Boise State football has put the university on the map, but the hottest sport on campus over the past couple of years has been men’s basketball.
Following the hire of former 11-year Gonzaga assistant coach, Leon Rice, Bronco basketball has amassed two 20-win seasons in three years and reached the NCAA tournament for the second time since 1994.
Danny Henderson was hired somewhat out of the blue on April 22, 2013, after the departure of former assistant and current San Jose State head coach, Dave Wojcik. In 25 yeas as a prep coach in Texas, Henderson won several coaching awards and accumulated a record of 708-172.
“I came up here last October and watched three days of practice and little did I know it was going to lead to a job offer,” Henderson said.
After such a successful career at the high school level in Texas, it took something special to draw Henderson away from his home state where he has lived all his life.
“There’s not a lot of staffs I would necessarily want to work for,” Henderson said. “But with Leon, everything we do is going to be ethical in regards to the way they treat kids and in regards to the way they follow NCAA rules.”
Packing up and moving his wife and two daughters from Texas seemed like a tall order, but his family has handled the move well.
“My wife was up here for 30 minutes and she said ‘I love it,’” Henderson said. “Boise is an easy place to live and my wife and I have found it to be the nicest people we have ever dealt with.”
On the basketball side of things, Henderson will be taking hold of the reigns on the defensive end.
“We are very committed as a group,” Henderson said. “From coach Rice on down through the players that we realize for us to make a real run and win the Mountain West and then do well in the NCAA Tournament, we have to make a big jump defensively.”
Head coach Rice is eager to continue improving his program and knows Henderson brings a great edge to the development of his squad.
“Danny is one of the finest coaches in the country at any level,” Rice said. “He has a great passion and is one of the highest-level educators in the game of basketball. He is respected by high school, summer and collegiate coaches, which is invaluable in the recruitment of student athletes.”