Gordy Presnell
Gordy  Presnell

Lapwai, Idaho

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Northwest Nazarene, 1983


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Boise State Record: 220-157 (12 years)
Career Record: 616-284 (30 years)

BOISE STATE TENURE (2005-present)

Thirteen years ago Gordy Presnell returned to his home state to become the sixth head coach in Boise State University’s women’s basketball program history. He brought with him a mild and laid-back demeanor, 18 years of head coaching experience and a long record of success. Presnell currently ranks first in Bronco history for victories by a coach with a record of 220-157 (.584) overall. The 2017-18 season will mark his 31st as a collegiate head coach with a career record of 616-284 (.684).

On Dec. 18, 2017, Presnell recorded his 600th career win as Boise State defeated Portland, 74-60, at Taco Bell Arena. With 616 career wins entering the 2017-18 campaign, Presnell ranks 55th among all NCAA women's basketball coaches and 30th among active coaches.

Presnell's Bronco teams have reached the NCAA Tournament on three occasions (2007, 2015, 2017) while making five postseason appearances. Under his watch, Boise State has also won two regular-season titles (2007-08) and three conference tournament titles (2007, 2015, 2017).

In 2016-17, Presnell guided the Broncos to a program-record 25 wins as the team captured the Mountain West Tournament title and reached the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons.

Since Boise State joined the Mountain West in 2011-12, the Broncos, under Presnell, are one of just two teams in the conference, along with Fresno State, to reach at least two NCAA Tournaments.

The Broncos have recorded eight winning seasons over Presnell's 12-year tenure. After going 15-15 in his first season (2005-06), the Broncos recorded four-consecutive winning seasons, including a then-school-record 24 wins in both the 2006-07 (24-9) and 2007-08 (24-8) campaigns. Boise State currently has an active streak of four-straight winning seasons with three national postseason appearances over that stretch. Presnell’s teams have gone 108-90 (.545) in conference games and an impressive 133-51 (.723) at home in Boise, including a perfect 14-0 mark in 2007-08.

Over the course of his tenure Presnell’s Broncos have pushed the tempo of the game. His teams are routinely ranked among the top scoring and rebounding teams in the conference and have set numerous school records along the way. Presnell coached teams have set the school record for points in a season three times in 2006-07 (2,275), 2007-08 (2,330) and 2014-15 (2,331), in addition to recording six of the top 10 season totals all-time (46 years). In rebounding the Broncos have turned in the top six totals all-time and have set the record three times in 2005-06 (1,252), 2006-07 (1,330) and most recently 2007-08 (1,335).

They have five of the top 10 scoring averages in program history including the fourth-best mark of 72.8 points per game in 2007-08 and the fifth-most at 70.6 in 2014-15. Presnell’s Broncos have six of the top 10 season marks for field goals made, seven of the top 10 in field goal attempts, eight of the top 10 in 3-point field goals made and the top 10 marks for 3-point field goal attempts. His 2015-16 team set the school record for free-throw percentage hitting .752; while his 2011-12 squad hit .742 and the 2012-13 .734 to round out the top three marks all-time.

In 2007, Presnell led the team to new heights with a 24-9 overall record, they won the league regular-season crown and WAC Tournament title advancing to the NCAA Tournament, the program’s first postseason national tournament since the 1998 WNIT. For his coaching performance he was named the WAC and WBCA Division I Regional Coach of the Year.

Program honors during his tenure at Boise State include: winning back-to-back Western Athletic Conference regular-season crowns in 2007 and 2008; the 2007 WAC Tournament title; 2015 Mountain West Tournament title; two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007 and 2015; advanced to the second round in both the 2008 Women’s National Invitation Tournament and the 2014 Women’s Basketball Invitational; one WBCA All-Region and one Honorable Mention All-American honors; 11 all-conference honors, one honorable mention all-conference honor, eight conference all-freshmen team members, two conference newcomers of the year, two freshman of the year, three conference all-defensive team honors, five conference all-tournament team honors with two tournament MVP, four CoSIDA Academic All-District and a combined 65 academic all-conference honors by 27 individuals.


Prior to taking over at Boise State, Presnell coached for 18 successful years at Seattle Pacific University in Washington. At SPU, he inherited a program that had not recorded a winning season in the previous nine years. He built the Falcons into a NCAA Division II national power, accumulating an overall record of 396 victories with 127 defeats (.757). Along the way his teams amassed an average of 22 wins per season while claiming seven conference championships, including four in his last five seasons. In addition, his teams were an impressive 221-29 (.884) at home in Broughman Pavilion, including five unbeaten home seasons.

On the national scene under Presnell, the Falcons advanced to nine-straight (1997-2005) and 10 of 11 NCAA Division II tournaments while he was in Seattle. Overall, Seattle Pacific made postseason appearances in 13 of his 18 years, 10 NCAA and three NAIA. Presnell’s teams reached three NCAA Division II Elite Eights and advanced to the 2005 national title game.

At the time of his departure from Seattle Pacific in the summer of 2005, Presnell was ranked tied for 10th-place nationally among NCAA Division II coaches for win percentage (.757) and 21st for total victories.


In 29 years as a collegiate head coach Presnell has experienced 25 winning seasons and one at .500. His teams have won a combined nine regular-season titles, seven at SPU and two at Boise State. In addition, he has guided 17 of his 28 squads into postseason national tournaments.

During his career he has been named conference coach of the year eight times, WBCA Regional Coach of the Year five times (four at NCAA Division II level and one at Division I), and the WBCA NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year twice. His coach of the year honors now total 15 in 28 years. In 2007 during the NCAA’s 25th anniversary celebration for women’s sports, coach Presnell was listed as one of the top coaches all-time in their publication “Women’s Basketball Finest.”

His student-athletes have accumulated numerous honors along the way: one All-American; seven individuals have earned 10 honorable mention All-American awards; five league players of the year; 11 freshman/newcomers of the year; 33 players have combined for 52 all-conference honors; eight conference all-freshmen team members; three conference all-defensive team members; 41 individuals have combined for 105 academic all-conference honors; 14 combined for 16 national academic honors including two academic All-Americans.


Presnell, a Lapwai, Idaho, native graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, in 1983 with a B.A. in physical education. He continued his studies in physical education at Seattle Pacific University, where he earned a master’s degree in 1989. He and his wife, former SPU gymnast Susan Nolte, live in Meridian, Idaho. They have two children, a daughter, Jacquelyn, and a son, Ryder.

In 2008 he was honored by his alma mater as the “Outstanding Educator of the Year.” While at Seattle Pacific he was asked to throw out the opening pitch at two Seattle Mariners games.

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