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Rod Jensen Named Head Men's Basketball Coach

2010. 04. 02.

The College of Idaho has announced that University of North Carolina at Greensboro associate head coach, Rod Jensen, has been named the 16th men's basketball head coach in modern program history.


Director of Athletics, Marty Holly, made the formal introduction of Jensen at a press conference, today at 2 p.m., inside the Sterry Hall Board Room on The C of I campus.

“I have always admired Coach Jensen, not just because he is one of the better defensive minds in the country, but because of his character and his devotion to coaching gentlemen student-athletes,” said Holly. “Certainly, that philosophy fits well at The C of I. He was my first choice as a candidate and we are thrilled to have Rod and Brenda as part of the Yote family.”

Jensen is no stranger to Gem State basketball, having coached at Boise State University from 1983-2002, including the final seven seasons as the Broncos head coach, compiling a 109-93 overall record – including the Big West East Division regular-season championship in 1999.

Following his time at BSU, Jensen spent two seasons as an assistant under Pete Gillen at the University of Virginia, helping the Cavaliers to a pair of NIT appearances, and has spent the last five seasons at UNCG – working under head coach, Mike Dement.

“We are sad that Rod is leaving us,” said Dement. “He has been an outstanding coach, teacher and friend the last five years. But The College of Idaho is getting a great head coach and person to lead its program. Our entire team and staff will miss Rod and Brenda tremendously, but wish them great success.”

I'm very excited at becoming a head coach again,” said Jensen. “Being an assistant on the East Coast has been a wonderful experience. However, having been a head coach prior to those opportunities, being an assistant at any level doesn't compare to the satisfaction I get being a head coach.”

Jensen is touted as one of the premier defensive minds in the game – as Boise State ranked in the NCAA's Top-15 in scoring defense for four-straight seasons while he was an assistant, and twice in the Top-25 while he was a head coach. While at Virginia, his team's led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring defense.

“Over my years in this business, I have never had such a feeling of "family" as I did on my visit to The College of Idaho,” said Jensen. “The College of Idaho is a great academic institution with an administration that requires success both on and off the court and is a perfect match for my philosophy of gentlemen-student-athletes.”

A 1975 graduate of the University of Redlands, Jensen is married to the former Brenda Johnson, and has six grown children – daughters Nicole (and Jon Grzeskowiak), Emily (and Drew Hadley), and Kate, and son Tucker.

He will be just the third head coach of the Coyotes in the last 30 years – as Holly served as head coach from 1981-00, with Mark Owen running the Yotes from 2000-10.

“Our fans, our boosters, and our students are looking forward to having the Yotes back on top,” said Holly.