Coach Rice Announces Three Additions to Men's Basketball Staff

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            BOISE, Idaho - Boise State men's basketball coach Leon Rice announced the addition of three assistant coaches to his staff, Thursday (April 8), as Dave Wojcik, Jeff Linder and Shaun Vandiver have been hired to help Coach Rice guide the Bronco program.

"I feel like we hit a home run," coach Rice said about the three hires. "We assembled a lot of guys that have a diverse and wide variety of connections and recruiting contacts. They've got complimentary skills to each other and they come from a lot of different systems. But they are all really great family guys too, which is something I feel great about. They're going to be terrific in this community."

            Wojcik, who comes to Boise State after spending the 2009-10 season as an assistant at Wake Forest, has been named Rice's associate head coach. Linder joins the Broncos as an assistant coach after spending two seasons as an assistant, including one as the associate head coach, at the University of San Francisco. Vandiver, a member of the University of Wyoming men's basketball coaching staff for the past five seasons, also joins the Broncos as an assistant.

"My focus coming into the first part of this job was hiring a staff, because the staff can make or break a program. I feel terrific that we're off to a great start because the three guys I wanted were the three guys we got. If we can just recruit as well as we were able to hire we'll have something."

Dave Wojcik

            In his lone season working with the Demon Deacons under head coach Dino Gaudio, Wojcik helped Wake Forest to a 20-win season and a NCAA tournament appearance. He also was integral in helping the Deacons advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005.

            "To get a guy that was at Wake Forest in the ACC, with a NCAA tournament team [is great]. He has great experience in knowing how to win. He's been known throughout his career as a diligent recruiter, a great strategist and a great practice coach. He gets the most out of his talent. He really just cares about his players too, which is something that really struck me. He's a guy that is really committed to the same things I'm committed to; developing players and helping them reach their potential."

            Prior to joining Wake Forest in 2009, Wojcik spent four seasons at the associate head coach at the University of Tulsa working on the staff of his older brother Doug Wojcik. In four seasons at Tulsa he helped the Golden Hurricane to an 81-53 overall record. Tulsa recorded three consecutive 20 win seasons, including 25 wins in each of his last two seasons there.

Wojcik helped coach Tulsa to back-to-back (2008 and 2009) appearances in the Conference USA Tournament title game. The Golden Hurricane also won the inaugural College Basketball Invitational in 2008 and reached the second round of the NIT in 2009.

Wojcik began his coaching career in 1991-92 under Lefty Driesell at James Madison. After one season at James Madison he was hired as an assistant at West Liberty State College. In 1993, Wojcik returned to his alma mater, Loyola (Md.) University, to work as an assistant under former Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser.

            In his first season at Loyola, Wojcik helped coach the Greyhounds to the school's only NCAA tournament appearance after winning the 1993-94 MAAC title. In 1994 Wojcik followed Prosser to Xavier, where he spent three seasons as an assistant with the Musketeers. During his time at Xavier, Wojcik helped the Musketeers win 59 games and reach the NCAA tournament twice.

In 1997, Wojcik returned to Loyola for his first assistant coaching stint under Gaudio. He spent three years as Gaudio's top assistant before opting to take over as athletic director at Wheeling Central Catholic High School in his hometown of Wheeling, W.V. Wojcik took over as head boy's basketball coach in 2001 and coached the team to back-to-back state titles in 2001-02 and 2002-03.

In 2003 Wojcik returned to the collegiate coaching ranks as an assistant for Don DeVoe at the U.S. Naval Academy. After one season at Navy, he moved to the University of Dayton to work as an assistant for Brian Gregory. The following season Dave was hired as associate head coach at Tulsa following his brother Doug's hire to lead the Golden Hurricane.

Wojcik began an illustrious playing career at Wheeling Central Catholic HS, where he was a McDonald's Honorable Mention High School All-America selection. As a point guard for Wheeling Central Catholic, he led the Maroon Knights to three straight appearances in the West Virginia AA State Title game. Wojcik helped Wheeling Central Catholic take home the 1987 state championship.

Wojcik continued his playing career collegiately at Loyola University in Baltimore, M.D. To date, he is the only player in school history to record a triple-double, which he did with a 14 point, 10 rebound and 11 assist performance against St. Francis in 1989.

In 1991 Wojcik earned his bachelor's degree in education from Loyola College. He and his wife, Heather, have one son, Jake (10).

Jeff Linder

            Linder joins the Bronco coaching staff after working as an assistant coach at San Francisco under head coach Rex Walters from 2008-10. He was promoted to associate head coach prior to the start of the 2009-10 season. In two seasons at USF Linder helped coach the Dons to a 23-37 overall record.

"We were able to get the associate head coach from another program, which tells you he has had a lot of responsibilities placed on him. They did a great job of starting to turn their program around [at USF]. He's built programs before. He's been involved in situations where guys took over programs, so he has done this before. His experience in that is huge as a head coach, especially being my first time taking over a program. I've got some guys that have done that."

In 2009-10 the Dons posted a 12-18 record, including a 9-4 record at home. USF was able to record a memorable highlight on Jan. 30, as the Dons knocked off No. 8 Gonzaga in an 81-77 overtime thriller, which snapped the Bulldogs' West Coast Conference regular season winning streak of 27 games.

            Prior to joining Coach Walters at USF, Linder spent two seasons as part of head coach Randy Rahe's staff at Weber State. During his WSU stint Linder helped the Wildcats to a 36-26 overall record. His two seasons at WSU was highlighted in 2006-07 when the Wildcats won the Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament titles and earned a trip to the NCAA tournament.

            Linder got his start in collegiate coaching as the assistant director of men's basketball operations at the University of Colorado under head coach Ricardo Patton. After one season at CU, Linder was hired as an assistant coach on David Moe's staff at Emporia State. He spent three seasons at Emporia State, which was capped by a 22-5 record and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Division II tournament in his final season with the team.

            Linder moved from Emporia State to Midland Junior College in Midland, Texas, where he spent two seasons as an assistant coach to Grant McCasland. In two seasons Linder helped coach Midland to a 53-16 record. In 2005-06 Midland finished 26-10 with an appearance in the "elite eight" at the national junior college tournament. In 2006 Linder left Midland to join Coach Rahe at Weber State.

            He played his high school basketball at Centaurus HS in Lafayette, Colo. After high school Linder played one season at Mesa State College. After his freshman season, Linder transferred to Western State where he played three seasons under coach Bob Hofman. At Western State, Linder earned All-Rocky Mountain Conference honors, both on the court and in the classroom, three times.

            Linder and his wife, Kelli, have three kids; a daughter, Adison (5), and two sons, Jordan Jeffrey (4) and Devon (1).

Shaun Vandiver

            Vandiver comes to Boise State following a five-year run with the University of Wyoming in which he worked as a full-time assistant for the men's basketball program. Vandiver spent six total seasons with the Cowboys, as he also worked as a graduate assistant at Wyoming during the 2002-03 season.

            "Shaun is a guy that is really well respected throughout the coaching circuit. He gives you a presence when he walks in the gym. He's a guy that we feel good about because he looks the big guys in the eye and can really identify with them. He can also relate to a lot of different kinds of kids. He's a proven winner. He's got a wide variety of experience; a lot different than the rest of our staff."

            Following the 2002-03 season at Wyoming, Vandiver was hired as an assistant at Bowling Green State University. He served one season with the Falcons before moving back west to take an assistant coaching job at the University of Northern Colorado during the 2004-05 season.

            Vandiver returned to Wyoming in 2005 and spent the past five seasons working as an assistant. The highlight of his time with the Cowboys came during the 2008-09 season, in which Vandiver helped lead Wyoming to a 19-14 record and an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament.

            Prior to beginning his coaching career, Vandiver was a standout player at the University of Colorado from 1988 to 1991. While at CU, he was named Big 8 Conference Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, as well as First Team All-Big 8 for both the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons. His collegiate career was capped by leading CU to a third-place finish at the National Invitation Tournament.

            Following his senior season with the Buffs, Vandiver was drafted No. 25 overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1991 NBA draft. He went on to play nine years of professional basketball in Europe, including stints in Bologna, Italy, Bilbao, Spain, Girona, Spain, Reggio Calabria, Italy, Las Palmas, Spain and Madrid, Spain.

            Vandiver and his wife Danielle have five children: Aubrey (20), Amber (16), Garin (14), Alessandra (6) and Gage (5).