Warden was 29-59 in three seasons

Updated: May 10, 2005, 4:06 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Boise State's Jen Warden was named Colorado State women's basketball coach on Tuesday.

Warden replaces Chris Denker, who resigned April 6 after 12 of his 14 players asked school officials to replace him, complaining of mistreatment.

Warden agreed to a five-year contract with an annual base salary of $115,000. She was 29-59 in three seasons at Boise State. She was an assistant coach for 10 years at Colorado under Ceal Barry, who retired after the 2004-05 season.

"Jen has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent recruiter," Colorado State athletics director Mark Driscoll said. "She has a detailed knowledge of the high school players and coaches in the state and I know that she is going to have a very positive impact on our program for many years to come."

Warden, who will be the program's ninth head coach, will be formally introduced Wednesday.

The other finalist for the Colorado State job, Arizona State assistant Meg Sanders, withdrew her name last week.

In three seasons at Colorado State, Denker was 53-38 with one appearance in the WNIT. Last year, CSU was 15-13, its worst finish in 10 years.

Denker has said he resigned for personal reasons.

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