Boise State assistant Jeff Linder named head men’s basketball coach at Northern Colorado

Boise State associate head coach Jeff Linder has accepted his first head coaching job at Northern Colorado.
Boise State associate head coach Jeff Linder has accepted his first head coaching job at Northern Colorado.

The Boise State men’s basketball team has lost two of its three assistant coaches this offseason.

On Sunday, Northern Colorado announced it has hired Broncos associate head coach Jeff Linder as the Bears’ new head coach. It is the first head coaching job for Linder, who came to Boise State as part of Leon Rice’s first staff in 2010.

“I could not be happier or more excited to have the privilege of leading the Northern Colorado men’s basketball program,” Linder said in a statement. “The opportunity to be a head coach at the Division I level and work with tremendous student-athletes has always been a goal. I fully understand what it means to be in this position, what it means to the community and the entire city, and to all the alumni locally and nationally. I look forward to returning home to the state of Colorado and continuing to build this program into something everyone can be proud of.”

Linder is a Colorado native. He played high school basketball at Centaurus High in Lafayette, and collegiately at Mesa State and Western State in Grand Junction and Gunnison, respectively. He began his college coaching career at Colorado in 2000 as assistant director of basketball operations.

In addition to a strong base of knowledge of Colorado, Linder also has Big Sky Conference coaching experience. He spent two seasons at Weber State before coaching two seasons at the University of San Francisco prior to coming to Boise.

Northern Colorado fired coach B.J. Hill on April 21, citing “serious and concerning allegations of NCAA violations.” It is unknown if there will be penalties that could affect Linder’s future teams in Greeley.

The Broncos lost assistant coach Danny Henderson to Oklahoma State in April and hired Phil Beckner from Nebraska to replace him. Director of basketball operations Isaac Williams left last week to coach his alma mater, Eastern Oregon.