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Larry Bieber

Born in Denver, Colorado in 1947, Larry was the son of a career air force officer and did lots of traveling with his parents and five brothers. When his father retired from Fairchild Air Force Base, the family stayed in Spokane Valley where Larry was educated and was a standout in baseball, basketball and tennis.  Larry graduated from West Valley High School as Student Body President in 1965. He continued playing basketball at Eastern Washington State College and graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1969 when he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army.  He served in Germany for two years where he was the physical security officer in charge of a nuclear weapons facility and later the Criminal investigations officer for the 3rd Armored Division. Once out of the military, Larry went into education. After eight years of teaching at the junior high level in Washington and Idaho where he coached football, basketball, baseball and track, he moved to Coeur d’Alene High School in 1981 where he eventually became the head coach of girls’ softball in 1993.  He then was named the head boy’s basketball coach in 1994.  Bieber guided his slow pitch softball team to the last of 13 straight championships in 1993 and then the state switched to fast pitch in 1994.  Larry guided the Coeur d’Alene Vikings to 19 state tournaments in his 21 years, winning 5 state championships and 8 runners up.  As the heads boy’s basketball coach and the head girls softball coach, Larry led both teams to the state championships in the same season in 1998.  And though this was one of the best times ever, he credits winning the very first boy’s basketball game between Lake City and Coeur d’Alene as one of his proudest moments. His record in softball was 465-153 in fast pitch and 483-155 over-all.  Retiring after the 2015season, he just couldn’t stay away so he is helping the new head coach Darren Taylor this season.  “Biebs” and his beautiful wife Eileen live across the street from the softball field and Coeur d’Alene High School and will always be “Viks Forever”

Steve Buratto

Steve Buratto graduated form Clarkston, WA high school in 1961. He attended Columbia Basin Jr. College the following fall and played center on an undefeated team. After just one season at the junior college he was recruited to the University of Idaho to play for Dee Andros. He was red-shirted his first year and then started every game for the remaining three years at center and nose guard. He was one of the Vandals captains’ his senior year and and also won all Big Sky honors at center.

Following graduation from Idaho in the spring of 1965 he signed with the Green Bay Packers and attended their training camp but was released before the season.

He returned to Idaho and accepted a position at Sandpoint HS to coach football, wrestling and track. He stayed just one year at Sandpoint and left to return to Green Bay to make another attempt at playing professional football. After being released by Green Bay he returned to the U of I and worked as a GA for Steve Musseau in 1967 while starting work on his masters degree, which he finished in 1971.

In 1968 he joined Norm Thomas in Twin Falls, ID HS as the defensive coordinator and was also the wrestling coach. Steve coached at Twin Falls for five years before moving on to Boise State to work for Tony Knap. He worked for coach Knap for three years in Boise and then followed him to UNLV where he coached the defense for four years.

In 1980 he moved to the Canadian Football League to coach for the first of three stays with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. In 1983 he went from Saskatchewan to Vancouver, BC to become the defensive coordinator for former teammate Don Matthews. Following a Grey Cup defeat he was named the head coach of the Calgary Stampeders and remained there for two years before returning to Vancouver to again join Don.

Steve returned to college coaching in 1990 when he accepted a position on the staff of Skip Hall at Boise State. He coached the defensive line and special teams for the Broncos thru 1992 when he returned to Saskatchewan to again join coach Matthews staff as the offensive line coach.

The following season he followed Coach Matthews to Baltimore, MD to work for the newly formed CFL franchise in the US city. In the two years at Baltimore as the offensive coordinator the team played in the Grey Cup both years and was the Grey Cup Champions in 1995.

Steve left coaching following the Grey Cup in 1995 and worked in business with his brother for the next four years.

In  2000 Steve returned to Vancouver to again work for the BC Lions. He coached the receivers for a month before being promoted to the head coaching position when the head coach resigned to move on to the XFL. The Lions finished just 8-10, but made the playoffs and had a miracle run at season’s end to win the Grey Cup by defeating the Montreal Alouettes. Steve stayed with Lions thru the 2004 season then moved on to Calgary following another Grey Cup appearance.

Steve was the offensive coordinator for the Stampeders in 2005 and 2006; seasons that saw the Stamps return to the playoffs.

In 2007 he joined an old friend, GM Adam Rita, in Toronto to work for Michael Clemons as the offensive coordinator. He held that position for two years and was special teams coordinator in his final season with Argos in 2009.

Steve spent the following season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and finished his coaching career in 2011 by again returning to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He coached over 500 games in a career that lasted more than 40 years.

Steve has three children, son Steve, a professor of chemistry ant UC Santa Barbara, two daughters, Jill and Dina.

Jill has a bail bonds business in Nampa, ID and Dina is a “genius” with Apple in the Boise their store. He has four grand children, William, Daniel, and Rebecca who are Steve’s children and Darion who is Jill’s son.

Steve has been married to the former Judy Beymer for 34 years and they make their home in Boise.

 

J.A. “Babe” Brown

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Gordon L. Brown

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John Brogan

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D.B. Branom

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F.J. “Packy” Boyle

Packey Boyle was a beloved member of Vandal Athletics, serving as Idaho’s head athletic trainer from 1954-68. He was recognized professionally at the highest level as a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. In addition to his work with the U of I, Boyle also served as the trainer for the U.S. ski team in 1950, and later was the head athletic trainer for the 1960 Olympic Winter Games at Squaw Valley. In a 1968 article about his pending retirement, he said of the many honors and awards he received in his lifetime he was most proud of being an honorary member of the University of Idaho Alumni Association. Boyle also served in the Marines and saw action in France during World War I, but returned home to finish high school and set about on a career of tending to others.

Bill Boekel

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Eirik Berggren

During its existence the University of Idaho ski team attracted student-athletes from all over the world and Eirik Berggren is one who left an indelible mark. Berggren was a three-time national champion for the Vandals, earning two titles in Nordic combined (1955 and 1956) and one in cross country skiing (1956). He was an All-American in 1955 and 1956, and was later chosen to the 1957 Northwest All-Star Team.

Julian “Bud” Benoit

Julian Benoit was the second NCAA champion in University of Idaho history. As a boxer for the Vandals, Benoit won the 1938 NCAA title at 135 pounds and helped Idaho tie for second as a team. He also helped Idaho win its first Pacific Coast Conference boxing championship in 1938 when he won the 135-pound crown. Following the success of Benoit’s 1938 season, Vandal boxing reached new heights, with Coach Louis August leading Idaho to NCAA team championships in 1940 and 1941.