Jensen makes his return to Pullman after a one-year stint during the 2013-14 season with the WSU men’s basketball team under former-head coach Ken Bone.
Rod Jensen was named assistant coach for the Washington State women’s basketball team, coach June Daugherty announced Tuesday. Jensen replaces associate head coach Brian Holsinger on the WSU staff. Holsinger resigned from his position earlier this month to spend time with his family.
“Rod brings a wealth of experience to our program and we are excited to have him back at Washington State,” Daugherty said. “Brian has given eight incredible years to this program. He recruited some of the best kids in the country and abroad. He will always be a Cougar and a part of this basketball program. We wish Brian and his family the best.”
Jensen makes his return to Pullman after a one-year stint with the WSU men’s basketball team under former-head coach Ken Bone in 2013-14. Known as a defensive-minded coach, Jensen brings with him 30-plus years of coaching experience. Jensen originally came to WSU in June of 2013 as the director of player development and was promoted to assistant coach three months later, in September. He stepped away from coaching during the 2014-15 season to spend time with his family.
Prior to arriving at Washington State, Jensen served as head coach at the College of Idaho from 2010-2013. In his final season with the Coyotes, Jensen led C of I to its first winning season in four years (15-14), its first home playoff game since 2007 and earned the program’s first win over a No. 1-ranked team, an 83-82 victory at Eastern Oregon in February of 2013.
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Jensen has earned notoriety as a defensive coach, especially during his 19 years as a coach at Boise State University. From 1983-95, he was the top assistant to head coach, Bobby Dye, helping the Broncos rank among the top 15 in the NCAA Division I in scoring defense for four-straight seasons, winning Big Sky regular-season championships in 1988 and 1989, along with Big Sky Tournament titles in 1988, 1993, and 1994. BSU teams advanced to the National Invitational Tournament in 1987 and 1991, and the NCAA Tournament in 1988, 1993, and 1994.
In 1995, Jensen became the head coach at Boise State, compiling a 109-93 overall record in seven seasons at the helm while recording the third-most wins in BSU history. During his tenure, the Broncos ranked among the NCAA top 25 in scoring defense in 1998 and 1999, winning the 1999 Big West East Division Championship.
Jensen headed east in 2002, becoming an assistant coach for Pete Gillen at the University of Virginia, where he helped the Cavaliers to NIT appearances in 2003 and 2004, leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in defensive field goal percentage. In 2005, he moved to UNC Greensboro, working for Mike Dement, where during his tenure, every player who exhausted their eligibility, graduated. He spent five years at UNCG, his final four as associate head coach.
A 1975 graduate of the University of Redlands in California, Jensen began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1980, serving as an assistant for two years, before spending one season at Penn State. Jensen and his wife Brenda have four grown children; daughters Kate, Emily and Nicole, and son Tucker.
WSU team information contributed to this report.