Boys High School Basketball

Longtime assistant takes over Borah boys basketball program

Jeremy Dennis has been a part of the Borah boys basketball program since 1997, and on Friday, the Lions promoted the longtime assistant to head coach.

Dennis replaces Cary Cada, who retired in March after 22 seasons and an overall record of 366-166 with four state championships.

“Being under Cary has been such a learning experience. I see the great things that he does, and I want to continue that tradition at Borah,” Dennis said. “It’s been something that I’ve wanted to do for a while, and obviously I am pretty loyal to Borah, so I decided to wait out the old man.”

Dennis joined the Lions in 1997 as the sophomore “B” head coach and moved to sophomore “A” coach the following year. Since 2009, Dennis has been a varsity assistant.

Dennis said he doesn’t plan to make any drastic changes to a program that consistently ranks among the state’s best.

“If I try to be exactly like Cary Cada, I am going to fail, because there is only one,” Dennis said. “At the same time, I’d be dumb not to use some of the things Cary has taught me.

“The core of what Borah basketball is — playing hard, being classy and playing good defense — those things aren’t going to change how we go about doing things. There might be some tweaks offensively but not a whole lot of difference. Obviously, I’ve got to be myself.”

Dennis was a four-sport athlete at Camanche High (Iowa), playing football, basketball, baseball and tennis. He attended Graceland University on a tennis scholarship, advancing to the NAIA Tournament in 1990 and 1991.

After graduating from the Iowa college with a bachelor’s degree in history, Dennis moved to Idaho — where his dad grew up — and began teaching and coaching at West Junior High.

He is currently a U.S. history teacher at Borah.

“I’m excited, but my eyes are wide open, meaning I know who I am taking over for,” Dennis said. “I want to coach at the best program in the state, and Cary created that. There’s no better place to coach.”

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @IDS_VarsityX