Beckner Promoted to Associate Head Coach
June 6, 2017

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State men’s basketball head coach Leon Rice announced Tuesday, Phil Beckner has been elevated to the program’s associate head coach. Beckner was hired as an assistant coach in April 2016, and helped the Broncos to a 20-win season and second-round appearance in the NIT in his first season on staff.

“Phil is a rising star in the coaching profession,” Rice said. “He is ready for and has earned an increased leadership responsibility within our program.”

Beckner spent last season leading the team’s skill development and helping prepare practice plans, scouting reports and offensive game plans. He was instrumental in the development and success of Chandler Hutchison during the 2016-17 season. Hutchison averaged 17.4 points. 7.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, after entering the season with a career scoring average of 5.2 points per game.

Beckner is the third associate head coach during Rice’s eight-year tenure, with the previous two earning head coaching jobs after three years in the position. Dave Wojcik was Boise State’s associate head coach for Rice’s first three seasons before becoming the head coach at San Jose State. Jeff Linder served as associate head coach the next three years and is now entering his second season at the helm of Northern Colorado’s program. The Broncos did not have an associate head coach last season.

Prior to Boise State, Beckner spent one year as an assistant coach at Nebraska, one year with the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA D-League and seven seasons at Weber State, including five as an assistant coach.

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