Rod Jensen out as College of Idaho men's basketball coach

Rod Jensen out as College of Idaho men's basketball coach
CALDWELL, Idaho (KBOI) - The College of Idaho will not retain head men's basketball coach Rod Jensen.

The school confirmed Jensen's firing Friday evening. Athletic Director Marty Holly said in a press release,“I commend Rod on his loyalty and commitment to The College of Idaho and bringing in quality student athletes to the Treasure Valley. However, in the best interest of the program, I believe a change is warranted."

“We need to rekindle the magic that this program had during the Elgin Baylor-R.C. Owens days, the Taft Jackson days, and the success we had during the 1980s and 1990s,” added Holly. “Our loyal fans have stuck with us through thick and thin – and we will once again restore the proud tradition that is Coyote Basketball.”

In three seasons under Jensen, the Coyotes were 38-51, including a 14-15 record this season. The team's marquee win came this season on the road at #1-ranked Eastern Oregon, but the College of Idaho never won a CCC playoff game under Jensen.

Jensen coached at Boise State for seven seasons until 2002, where his teams were known for an aggressive style of defense.

He was hired away from UNC-Greensboro following the 2010 retirement of Mark Owen, who now is an assistant women's basketball coach at the College of Idaho.

Jensen's firing was first reported by the Idaho Statesman.