Jensen named assistant

By Brett Gleason, Evergreen reporter

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A mere four months after his arrival in Pullman, Rod Jensen has earned himself a promotion.

Washington State University men’s basketball Head Coach Ken Bone announced Monday that Jensen has been promoted to the role of assistant coach, filling the vacancy when Ben Johnson announced his departure just last week.

“We were excited to bring Rod Jensen onto the staff in June and are even more excited to have him in a coaching role as an assistant coach,” Bone said in a press release. “I’ve known Rod for many years and he is an outstanding basketball coach. I love the passion and energy he brings to the game.”

Prior to his promotion, Jensen was serving as the director of player development for WSU. His presence in Pullman was preceded by a three-year stint as the head coach at the College of Idaho.

“I couldn’t be any more excited to be a part of Coach Bone’s staff,” Jensen said in a press release. “Being in Pullman just a short time, I have been able to observe a program that is on the same page, works extremely hard and believes in one another.”

After last year’s disappointing season, the 2013-14 roster features high-profile recruits Que Johnson, Ike Iroegbu, and Danny Lawhorn, just to name a few.  

“Coach Bone has our guys going in the right direction and I certainly hope that I can contribute to our journey through the Pac-12 and postseason play,” Jensen said in a press release.

Jensen spent 19 years at Boise State University, seven as the head coach. He also spent time as an assistant at the University of Redlands, Penn State, the University of Virginia, and UNC Greensboro.

The Cougars open up their 2013-14 season at home with CSU Bakersfield on Friday, Nov. 8.