Jen Warden (2005-08), enters her third season at the helm of the Colorado State Women's Basketball program in 2007-08. Warden was hired on May 10, 2005, returning home to the Rocky Mountain Region as the ninth head coach in the program's history.
A native of Denver, Warden was hired to guide Colorado State back to national prominence and the postseason.
"I've always had a tremendous amount of respect for CSU," said Warden shortly after being named as the Rams' head coach. "They have had great teams that have had success on the national level. I have a lot of confidence we can get back to that."
Since her hire, Warden has focused on the importance of recruiting in building championship-caliber programs and the Rams will enter the 2007-08 season with a talented roster that includes nine newcomers.
"The whole thing is recruiting and development," said Warden. "It takes a lot of patience and a lot of love to build a program and we're just getting started."
In her first season at Colorado State, Warden and the Rams earned key victories over in-state rivals, Colorado and Northern Colorado. Colorado State narrowly missed a late-season upset of conference-leading BYU at Moby Arena and challenged the then-No. 2 team in the nation, Duke.
During her second season, Warden continued to challenge her team, as the Rams traveled to take on the then-No. 6 UConn Huskies in Storrs, Conn. The Rams swept the regular-season series with in-state rival Air Force and fell in a hard-fought overtime contest at Moby Arena to the Wyoming Cowgirls, eventual WNIT Champions.
Warden came to the Rams after three seasons as head coach at Boise State University of the Western Athletic Conference. While coaching at Boise State, Warden led the program to its biggest win in history over perennial powerhouse Louisiana Tech.
During her career with the Broncos, Warden also served as a member of the Kodak All-American Selection Committee. She also produced two Western Athletic Conference Freshman Players of the Year.
Prior to her tenure with the Broncos, Warden contributed at great length to the success of the University of Colorado-Boulder women's basketball program as an assistant under Head Coach Ceal Barry.
From 1997 through 2002, Warden served as the first assistant, managing and supervising all facets of recruiting - producing multiple Top-10 recruiting classes - a skill that will surely be an asset to the Colorado State program, attracting some of the top talent in the country to the Rocky Mountain Region.
Warden first joined Barry's staff in 1992 and from 1992 through 1997 she developed forwards and post players as well as scouting, game planning, scheduling and directing summer camps.
Warden earned a B.A. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology in 1993 from Colorado, where she played on the 1989 Big Eight Championship team.
In 1988, Warden was honored as the recipient of the Fred Steinmark Colorado Female Athlete of the Year award, and in 1989 she was named Colorado Co-Sportswoman of the Year.
After her playing career culminated at CU, she moved to the high school ranks as an assistant coach of Centaurus High School in Louisville, Colo., where she helped guide the Warriors to the 1991 state championshp.
The former Jen Tubergen, she married Larry Warden Jr. in August of 1996 and is the mother of two children, Brice and Brock.
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