Connie Thorngren (1940-2017)

Oct. 6, 2017 BOISE, Idaho - Connie Thorngren, the pioneer of competitive sports for women at Boise State, passed away Sunday morning at the age of 77.

A memorial service for Thorngren will be held in the Allen Noble Hall of Fame gallery Thursday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m., and will be open to the public. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Women's Basketball Endowed Scholarship, 1910 University Drive, 83725.

Thorngren pioneered competitive sport for women at Boise State. Joining the faculty in 1970, she introduced volleyball, track and field, basketball, and field hockey to the women's program.

In 1974, she relinquished her duties as head coach for volleyball and track and field but added the title of Director of Women's Athletics to go with her basketball coaching position. In 1978, she became full-time basketball coach, a position she held until 1984. In 1974-75, her women's basketball team won the Northwest Large College Tournament, and went on to play in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women National Tournament.

Overall, Thorngren served as Boise State's women's basketball coach from 1970-84, posting an overall record of 179-121, with her win total the second-highest in program history. To this day, she remains the longest-tenured women's basketball coach in school history.

Statement from Curt Apsey, Boise State Executive Director of Athletics "Connie laid the foundation for generations of student-athletes having the opportunity to compete for Boise State. Today's successes are a direct result of her leadership and what she accomplished during her time as a Bronco."

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