For the 2013-2014 season the Broncos look to experience a more successful run than last year when they made the NCAA tournament. Bringing in Isaac Williams with his vast knowledge was the first step.
Williams is the new director of basketball operations after spending nine seasons as head coach of Eastern Oregon University. Williams brought the Mountaineers to the No.1 spot in the NAIA D-II National Rankings in the 2012-2013 season and is looking to bring that same success to Boise State.
“Honestly I think Boise State would experience success with or without Isaac Williams,” Williams said. “I’m just looking to bring my knowledge to this program. EOU was involved in a very successful turnaround while I was coaching them.”
The Mountaineers went a dismal 4-22 in Williams first season before winning 91 games in five years. In four years EOU went 96-32 with Williams as the head coach and developed .750 winning percentage, the best in school history.
Williams had plans to stay at EOU until he was either forced out or retired. Boise State was able to pry him away from his alma-mater.
“I have honestly never applied for another job and I didn’t apply for this one,” Williams said. “Leon (Rice)had talked to me about the position when it had opened. When I came to visit I really liked the campus and the community. They got great kids; the kids on the team.”
Williams felt comfortable at EOU and was able to develop talented players and be around student-athletes who had a high IQ in basketball.
Williams was attracted to the program because of the coaching of Boise State head coach Leon Rice.
“This will be a great opportunity to learn more about coaching basketball and be able to do it in a great community,” Williams said. “They put family first and that may not seem important but it is to me.”
Boise State will look to continue their success from last season and Williams will look to help with that. Broncos open up their season Nov. 1 against Lewis-Clark State at Taco Bell Arena.
“Boise State seems almost a year ahead of schedule from last year, to me anyways. I don’t think many people thought they would be as good as they were,” Williams said. “And those kids are back maybe even until they are seniors. I just think this team can do big things and make some noise this year.”