Denker Named Women's Basketball Coach At CSU

Chris Denker has been appointed the new women's basketball coach at Colorado State University.<BR> Director of Athletics Jeffrey Hathaway made the announcement Tuesday following Denker's on-campus interview late last week with members of the women's basketball team, athletic department staff, and university personnel.

"Chris Denker is an individual that we believe will continue the winning tradition at Colorado State and guide the program to a new level of growth and success. He possesses all of the qualities that are important to our women's basketball program as well as to our department and the university community. His record indicates that success has come both in the classroom and on the court.

"Most importantly, Coach Denker is a quality person that understands the mission of our university and cares about the student-athletes. We are thrilled that he has become part of the Ram family."

Denker becomes the eighth head coach in women's basketball history at Colorado State. The Rams have made back-to-back NCAA appearances, have played in the postseason five years in a row, and have been to the NCAA Tournament four times in the past five years and six times overall.

Denker, 35, completed his second season as head coach at Santa Clara in 2002. He led the Broncos to postseason appearances in both seasons as a head coach, including 2002 when Santa Clara lost in the NCAA West Region first round game to LSU, 84-78 in Boulder, Colo. Santa Clara finished 21-10 overall and 9-5 (second) in the West Coast Conference and advanced to the conference tournament championship game. The Broncos received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Santa Clara early last season defeated a pair of top 25 teams, beating the University of Utah (24th) and the University of Washington (25th) in early-season matchups.

In 2001, Denker's first season as head coach, Santa Clara had a 20-8 record and earned a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Broncos also beat then-number-10 ranked Texas Tech during a nonconference matchup. He has a 41-18 (.695) two-year coaching record at SCU.

Prior to being named head coach at Santa Clara, he had spent seven seasons as an assistant at Santa Clara (1994-2000). During that time, the team earned four postseason invitations and won three WCC championships. In two seasons, seven players earned academic all-conference honors and four others were named all-league. SCU has had five consecutive 20-win seasons.

He also formerly served as an assistant coach at Idaho State University (1991-93) and South Eugene, Ore., High School (1987-90).

Denker played collegiately for one season at Boise State University before transferring to Linn Benton Community College. He is a 1990 graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in marketing. He and wife Gisette are the parents of a 10-week-old son, Quinn.

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