Boise State women's basketball at home versus New Mexico on Jan. 17, 2015.
BOISE STATE TENURE (2002-present) Heather Sower (pronounced SO-wer) enters her 14th season as an assistant at Boise State University, her alma mater. She is now in her 21st season as a collegiate coach. Sower is primarily responsible for the internal operations of the program and opponent scheduling. She is also heavily involved in practice sessions, conditioning and serves as the position coach for post players.
As a member of the Boise State coaching staff she has helped guide the program to two regular-season championships, two conference tournament title and four postseason tournament berths, the 2007 NCAA, 2008 WNIT, 2014 WBI and 2015 NCAA. During her tenure the team has set school records for scoring and rebounding three times each, as well as recording the top-five rebounding marks all-time in the program's history.
At Boise State, Sower has coached one player who earned both WBCA All-Region and honorable mention All-American honors, six individuals who garnered a combined eight postseason all-conference honors, three conference newcomers of the year, one conference freshman of the year, three conference all-defensive team members, five players for a combined six conference all-tournament team honors including two MVPs, 10 who made conference all-freshmen teams, 32 Broncos that received a total of 72 academic all-conference honors and two individuals who garnered ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition.
PRIOR TO BOISE STATE Sower spent seven years coaching in the NAIA and NCAA Division II ranks with the College of Idaho and Regis University (Colo.), respectively.
Prior to Sower's arrival at Boise State she spent the 2001-02 season as an assistant coach at Regis. Sower helped guide the Rangers to their most successful campaign in program history as they finished with a 21-8 overall record and advanced to their first NCAA Division II Tournament in 2002.
Sower began her coaching career as an assistant under Todd Corman at the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho, when the school reinstated the women's basketball program for the 1995-96 season. She spent six seasons (1995-96 to 2000-01) with the Coyotes, helping guide the program to a top-10 national ranking and to the 2000 NAIA National Tournament Elite Eight, as well as, a runner-up finish at the 2001 NAIA National Tournament. While she was at the College of Idaho, the Coyotes received three NAIA National Tournament bids in six years and accumulated an overall record of 123-60.
COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS In the previous 20 years as a collegiate coach her teams have recorded 13 winning seasons and one that finished with a .500 mark. Her coaching accomplishments include working with one player who earned both WBCA All-Region and honorable mention All-American honors, 13 players who combined for 19 all-conference honors, three who earned all-defensive team recognition, two freshman of the year, two newcomer of the year, 10 all-freshmen team honors and six players who made conference all-tournament teams with two MVPs. In addition, 37 individuals earned a combined total of 83 academic all-conference honors.
BOISE STATE PLAYING CAREER Sower played four years of women's basketball at Boise State, earning All-Big Sky Conference honors as a senior. She was also named to the 1994 Big Sky All-Academic Team. Sower, who served as a captain, won team awards for best defense and hustle in her final season as a Bronco. Sower helped lead Boise State to a top-20 ranking and an appearance in the 1994 NCAA Tournament her senior year. Boise State captured the Big Sky Conference regular-season crown during Sower's sophomore and senior campaigns.
PERSONAL Sower is a native of Spokane, Wash., where she attended Mead High School. She graduated from Boise State in 1995 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology.