Boise State men’s basketball head coach Leon Rice announced on August 25 that Lexus Williams, a former Boise State student-athlete, will return to Bronco Athletics as assistant head coach .
âI am forever indebted to Coach Rice and the rest of this staff. He’s been trying to get me back since I left and I can’t wait to start, âsaid Williams. âThere are a lot of new faces at Boise State, but the energy and momentum of this department is something I want to be a part of and help move forward. Whatever is needed, I will help do it.
This new position was created with the arrival of Williams. Rice mentioned that this position will help players with their college journey, academic orientation, career development, and personal branding.
âHaving coached Lexus as a player, I always felt he had a natural ability to lead,â said Rice. âHe will be a great mentor for the young men who will participate in our program. This was an indispensable position, and Lexus’ leadership qualities and work ethic will be a great addition not only to our program, but to our entire sports department. I want to thank Jeramiah [Dickey] and our administration for sharing this vision and making it possible.
Williams started in all 32 games of the 2017-18 season, earning him an honorable mention for All-Mountain West accolades.
âI remember Williams going through his season and his performance in their game against Utah State, it was pretty hard to miss him,â said Jesse Geary, Boise native and Boise State basketball fan. .
Williams was drafted by the Texas Legends in the second round of the NBA G League, but his time has been cut short by the pandemic. He has since worked as an accountant for the real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle.
âI am delighted to be embarking on this journey where it really started,â said Williams. âI originally came to Boise State to get a masters degree that could help me launch a career in sports administration. It’s not something I did just to tick a box. Boise State [Master] the athletic leadership program prepared me for this. Using this graduate degree to advance the university where I got it is special. “
According to Boise State Athletics, Williams left a lasting impression as a Bronco. His ability to get in touch with everyone he came in contact with was an additional factor in his choice for this position.
âI think it’s great every time a former Boise State player comes back and coaches current BSU athletes,â Geary said.
Williams will have his first game as an assistant coach when the Broncos face Utah Valley on November 9 at the Extra Mile Arena.