Phil Beckner
Phil  Beckner

Position:
Assistant Coach

Phil Beckner made an immediate impact in his first season as an assistant coach at Boise State, overseeing the development and massive success of Chandler Hutchison in the 2016-17 season.

Hutchison averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in his junior campaign, becoming the first Bronco in program history to record 500 points, 250 rebounds and 75 assists in one season. Beckner's expertise in skill development helped propel Hutchison to spots on the All-Mountain West First Team, USBWA All-District VIII Team and NABC All-District 17 First Team. Paris Austin also reaped the benefits from Beckner and his coaching as the sophomore earned honorable mention all-conference accolades.

He was crucial in helping the Broncos finish the season 20-12 with a 12-6 mark in conference play to take third in the Mountain West and a second-round appearance in the NIT.

"Phil is a great addition to our staff," said head coach Leon Rice said. "He's a diligent recruiter and an outstanding basketball coach with experience beyond his years. Phil is committed to and very skilled at player development. He'll be a terrific fit with our staff and our beliefs."

Beckner has been a collegiate assistant coach for six seasons, plus one year as an assistant coach in the NBA Developmental League. He joins the Broncos after one season at Nebraska. The Cornhuskers led the Big Ten in steals per game last year, and featured two of the top six scorers in the conference.

Beckner spent the 2014-15 season on staff with the Oklahoma City Blue, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Prior to his stint at the professional ranks Beckner was on staff at Weber State for seven seasons, including five as an assistant coach after serving as the director of operations for two years.

A highly-regarded player developer, Beckner worked closely with NBA All-Star Damian Lillard during his time at Weber State and preparing to be the sixth overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft. Beckner also helped recruit and coach four more Wildcats who earned Big Sky Conference MVP honors.

Beckner was responsible for the defense at Weber State. The Wildcats led the Big Sky in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, three-point field goal percentage defense and rebounding margin during a 2013-14 campaign that saw them reach the NCAA Tournament. Weber State ranked No. 2 nationally in three-point field goal percentage defense in 2012-13, en route to 30 wins.

Beckner was a four-year letterwinner at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kan., where he earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 2005. Upon graduation he returned home to Buckeye, Ariz., to teach and coach at Buckeye High School, helping the boys' basketball team to the 2006 state title.

Phil Beckner on Joining Boise State...
"I'm thoroughly excited to be a part of Boise State University and the men's basketball program. It's a great program out west that has had a lot of success under Leon Rice with tournament appearances and 20-win seasons. The opportunity to work with Coach Rice and the rest of the staff is really exciting and intriguing to me. I look forward to being able to help continue to build what they've started."

"Boise State has done a good job of recruiting high-character, talented kids who fit their system. I remember watching some of them play in high school and am really excited about working with them. Guys like Paris Austin, Alex Hobbs and Nick Duncan have already reached out to me. It's great knowing I'm coming into an environment with a good nucleus of young kids and experienced veterans who have seen a high level of success and are hungry for more. I look forward to the opportunity to help make them better people and better players."


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