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Former Boise State basketball player Lexus Williams returns as the new assistant coach to head coach Leon Rice

Photo by Brooke Sutton; Courtesy of Boise State Athletics

Boise State men’s basketball head coach Leon Rice announced on Aug. 25 that Lexus Williams, a former Boise State student-athlete, would be coming back to Bronco Athletics as the assistant to the head coach.

“I’m forever indebted to coach Rice and the rest of this staff. He’s been trying to get me back since I left and I can’t wait to get started,” Williams said. “There are a lot of new faces at Boise State, but the energy and momentum of this department is something I want to be a part of and help move forward. Whatever is needed, I will help get it done.”

This new position was created upon Williams’ arrival. Rice mentioned that this position will help players with their journey through college, academic guidance, career development and personal brand building.

“Having coached Lexus as a player, I always felt like he had a natural ability to lead,” Rice said. “He will be a terrific mentor for the young men who come through our program. This was a much-needed position, and Lexus’ leadership qualities and work ethic will be a great addition to not only our program, but our entire athletic department. I want to thank Jeramiah [Dickey] and our administration for sharing that vision and making this possible.”  

Williams started in all of the 32 games during the 2017-2018 season, earning him an honorable mention for the All-Mountain West accolades.

Boise State Men's Basketball vs. Utah State, Brooke Sutton Photo
[Photo of Lexus Williams playing in a Boise State men’s basketball game vs. Utah State in 2018]
Photo by Brooke Sutton; Courtesy of Boise State Athletics

“I remember Williams during his season and his performance in their game against Utah State, it was kind of hard to miss him,” said Jesse Geary, a Boise native and fan of Boise State basketball.

Williams was drafted by the Texas Legends in the second round for the NBA G League, but his time was cut short by the pandemic. He has since worked as an accountant for the Jones Lang LaSalle real estate firm.

“I’m excited to embark on this journey right back where it really started,” Williams said. “I originally came to Boise State to get a master’s degree that could help propel me into a career in athletic administration. It’s not something I did just to check a box. Boise State’s [Master] of Athletic Leadership program prepared me for this. To be using that graduate degree to advance the university that I earned it from is special.”

According to Boise State Athletics, Williams left a long-lasting impression as a Bronco. His ability to connect with everyone he came in contact with was an added factor in choosing him for this position.

“I think it’s great anytime a former player of Boise State gets to come back and coach the current athletes at BSU,” Geary said. 

Williams will experience his first game as an assistant coach when the Broncos go head-to-head with Utah Valley on Nov. 9 in the Extra Mile Arena.

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