Oct. 19 Luncheon Speakers Announced

Oct. 14, 2015
  • Purchase Tickets To The Oct. 19 Luncheon Online

    BOISE, Idaho – The next Bronco Luncheon is scheduled for this Monday, Oct. 19, and will feature State head coaches Leon Rice (men’s basketball) and Greg Patton (men’s tennis), and student-athletes Donte Deayon and Shane Williams-Rhodes (football) along with Executive Director of Athletics Curt Apsey. The Bronco Luncheon will begin at noon in the Jordan Ballroom at the Student Union Building.

    The idea of community has boosted the luncheon series with the goal of giving Bronco fans an exciting Monday kickoff to their week. In addition to the special guests Monday’s luncheon will also feature the Spirit Squad and giveaways.

    Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with the program set to begin at noon. Individual luncheon tickets can be purchased for $15 each and are available through BroncoAthleticAssociation.com or by calling 208-426-4737. Walk-up guests are also welcome.

    The luncheons are open to the public and complimentary parking will be available for attendees in the Lincoln Garage across the street from the Student Union Building. Guests can park in any available spot in the garage. Visit a pay kiosk, enter in space number, click “Purchase” and then select “Bronco Luncheon.” Kiosks are located on each floor of the garage and guests will receive a receipt after following step-by-step instructions on the screen.

    Rice begins his sixth season as Boise State’s head coach and boasts a 102-63 record during his time in Boise, including four 20-win campaigns. Rice has twice led the Broncos to the NCAA Tournament (2013, 2015) and last year was named the 2014-15 Mountain West Coach of the Year after leading the Broncos the program’s first Mountain West championship and a record of 25-9.

    The Broncos host Northwest University in an exhibition on Nov. 6 before opening the 2015-16 regular season at Montana on Nov. 13. Boise State’s home opener at Taco Bell Arena is set for Nov. 16 against Northern Arizona.

    Patton, known as “The General” to Bronco fans, has guided the Boise State men’s tennis team to four- straight Mountain West championships and trips to the NCAA Tournament. Now in his 20th season at the Bronco helm (1993-98, 2003-present), Patton is the NCAA’s active leader in wins with 774 over his 36 years as a head coach, and ranks sixth all-time. Since his return to Boise in 2003, he has led the Broncos to eight conference titles (four WAC, four MW).

    Deayon and Williams-Rhodes, both seniors on the Boise State football team, have helped the defending Mountain West champion Broncos to a 5-1 record and 2-0 start to Mountain West play in 2015. Part of Boise State’s nationally-recognized secondary, Deayon shares the team lead in interceptions with four (tied with Darian Thompson) and with 17 for his career sits just one back of Thompson and Eric Weddle for the Mountain West’s all-time lead.

    Williams-Rhodes has become one of the most prolific receivers in Bronco history during his time in Boise, currently sitting third on the Broncos’ career receptions list with 205. One of only four Boise State players to catch at least 200 passes, Williams-Rhodes passed Titus Young (2007-10) for third on the career receptions list this past Saturday at Colorado State, and is just 39 away from tying all-time leader Matt Miller (244). This year, Williams-Rhodes leads Boise State and is second in the Mountain West with 35 catches.

    Apsey returned to Boise State in August after nine months as Athletic Director at Carroll College in Helena, Mont. Prior to leaving for Carroll, Apsey spent 16 years (1998-2014) in the Boise State athletic administration, most notably serving as interim athletic director from Sept. 2011 to January 2012. The remaining two Bronco Luncheons are scheduled to take place Nov. 2 and Nov. 30.

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