Steve Hudson

Steve, a Coeur d’Alene native, has officiated basketball and football at the high school and college level for approximately 30 years. He has been a back judge in football for the Pac-12 Conference since 1999.

At the high school level, Steve has officiated for 30 years and has worked 26 Idaho state championship games in different classifications. He also has officiated in 10 state championship football contests.

Steve leads the Pac12 in football seniority as he just finished his 20th season. During that span, he has worked 19 bowl assignments, including two Sugar Bowls, a Fiesta Bowl, an Orange Bowl, and a Rose Bowl. The Fiesta Bowl was a national semifinal game between Clemson and Ohio State in 2016. He also has officiated at the Pac-12 Conference championship game.

Prior to working Pac-12 games, Steve officiated in the Big Sky Conference.

He is a member of the North Idaho Official’s Association Hall of Fame

Steve is the fourth generation in his family to run Hudson’s Hamburgers in Coeur d’Alene.

Sally Greene

Sally Greene graduated from Lewiston High School in 1975 and the University of Idaho in 1979. She participated in basketball and tennis at both schools during the early years of Title IX.  She began her teaching and coaching career at Grangeville High School from 1981-86, coaching basketball and tennis.  Her basketball teams compiled a record of 78-33 and she coached several state champions in tennis and was named Idaho Tennis Coach of the Year for Class B in 1984.

After leaving Grangeville to attend graduate school at the University of Idaho, Greene was hired at Moscow High School in 1988. Over the years she coached tennis, softball, and golf but she is best known for her success in girls’ basketball, where her teams won state championship four out of five years in the 1990’s. During that time, Moscow dominated Intermountain League play, winning 45 consecutive league games and five league championships.  Greene’s teams won three consecutive A-2 state championships in 1992 (22-3), 1993 (23-1), and 1994 (23-2), and narrowly missed a fourth championship in 1995, (finishing 4th after losing to eventual champion Shelley in the final seconds during the first round).  Moscow won their fourth title in five years in 1996 (23-1). Greene retired from coaching in 1996 to pursue a career in administration.  Her career basketball coaching record is 239-90, a winning percentage of 72.6 percent.

With her teams, Greene stressed the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, effort, respect for the game, and above all, having fun. She coached many players who went on to play Division I College basketball including one All-American (Heather Owen). Greene served on the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association’s High School All-American Selection Committee from 1994-96. She is very honored by her selection to the Hall of Fame and would like to thank all of her former athletes and assistant coaches for sharing the journey.

Keith Gilbertson

The son of a high school football coach, Gilbertson grew up in Snohomish, Washington, northeast of Seattle. He graduated from Snohomish in 1966 and attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Columbia Basin College, the University of Hawaii, and returned to Central Washington, where he received a bachelor’s degree in social sciences in 1971. He later earned a degree in education from Western Washington University in 1974.

After three stints as a graduate assistant, Gilbertson became an offensive coordinator in 1977 at Utah State under head coach Bruce Snyder. After five seasons in Logan, he joined Dennis Erickson’s new staff at Idaho, who immediately turned the Vandal program around in 1982, going 8–3 in the regular season and advancing to the quarterfinals of the I-AA playoffs. The following spring, Gilbertson departed for the Los Angeles Express of the newly formed USFL, where he coached as offensive coordinator for three seasons. Following the demise of the league, Gilbertson returned to Idaho in 1985, and the Vandals won their first Big Sky Conference title in 14 seasons. Erickson departed for Wyoming in December, and Gilbertson was promoted to head coach of the Vandals program. In his three seasons in Moscow as head coach (1986–88), Gilbertson’s win-loss record was 28–9 (.757). Following consecutive conference championships and advancing to the Division I-AA national semifinals, he accepted an offer to coach the offensive line in the Pac-10 at Washington in Seattle under head coach Don James and offensive coordinator Gary Pinkel. Gilbertson replaced Dan Dorazio, the first assistant coach James had fired at Washington,] after they missed the bowl season for the first time in a decade. (After three wins to start the 1988 season, the Huskies finished 6–5 and 3–5 in conference, with losses to USC, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona, and WSU.) Gilbertson’s three-year stint concluded with the undefeated 1991 national championship team, for which he was also offensive coordinator.

After Washington, Gilbertson became the head coach at California in 1992. Despite leading Cal to a 9–4 record with a decisive victory in the 1993 Alamo Bowl, he was dismissed after his fourth season when the 1995 Bears went 3–8. Gilbertson’s overall record at Cal was 20–26.

After Cal, he was an assistant coach for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks for three seasons (1996–1998) under Erickson. He would serve as the TE coach for the 1997 and 1998 seasons. In 1999, he returned to the Washington Huskies as an assistant head coach under new head coach Rick Neuheisel.

Gilbertson became the head coach at Washington in 2003 following the abrupt summer dismissal of Neuheisel. He then returned to the Seahawks as an assistant under Mike Holmgren.

Keith is married to his wife Barbara, daughters Ann Gilbertson Haggart and Krissy Gilbertson and son David. He enjoys his two grandchildren Zoe and Julian Happart.

Merril Hoge

As a graduate of Idaho State University with a degree in Education and a minor in Health and Fitness, Merril was a four year football starter, set 44 school and conference records, 22 of them still intact, and still holds two NCAA football records.

Merril was drafted in 1987 by the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played until 1993 and led the team in rushing and receiving if four of his first five years, setting a record in his third year for receptions by a running back.  In 1993, Merril went to the Chicago Bears as a free agent, where he played for one year, until he was forced to retire early due to post-concussion syndrome.  At the time of his retirement, Merril had played in 122 consecutive football games, the longest playing streak in the NFL at the time.

In 1995 Merril joined ESPN as a football analyst, where he currently works with Ron Jaworski on the highly acclaimed “State Farm NFL Match Up” show, which is the only show that uses and studies coaches’ tape to provide an inside look at the game.  Merril has distinguished himself through his in-depth knowledge of both offense and defense and his strong relationships with the coaches and players in the National Football League.  Merril is an analyst for “NFL Tonight” that airs on ESPN television, and host the Fantasy insider that airs on ESPN news, as well as “Prime Time on Monday’s” on ESPN.

Merril has been a sought-after speaker on such subjects as Life in the NFL; Health and Fitness; and Setting and Attaining Your Personal Goals.

Since being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and beating it, there has been a greater demand for Merril to present on such subjects as Dealing With Adversity; Overcoming Obstacles; the Power of the Mind and the Body; How to Use Adversity to Become a Better Person; and Finding Peace In Your Life.  Merril helped launch a national cancer awareness and empowerment program for patients with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a program in which he remains very active.

Since his playing days Merril has been on the Board of the Highmark Caring Foundation, and is currently Chairman of the Board.

Merril has built his foundation around his family—wife Toni, daughter Kori, and son Beau.  His vision is to help all children know their value and importance, helping them to grow up healthy and whole.

Charles “Bud” Ford

Charles Ford was born in Hettinger, North Dakota, but has lived in Coeur d’Alene since childhood.  He has been active is sports as an athlete, official, coach, and supporter.  As a member of Coeur d’Alene High School class of 1948, Bud Ford lettered in four sports” Basketball, 4 years; Track and Football, 3 years; and Baseball 2 years.  After being drafted, he served two years in the Army where he started his decades of sports officiating.  Bud officiated football for over 60 years and basketball for over 30 years.  Upon returning to Coeur d’Alene, he served as President of the North Idaho Officials Association in 1963-64.  In 2010, Bud was selected as the first State of Idaho Official of the year.

Bud was married to June D. Ford.  They had three children: Karen, Ed, and Charlie; and five grandchildren.  His children and grandchildren all have the same love of sports.  They play or have played youth, high school, and college intermural sports.  Karen led the way with her playing volleyball for the University of Idaho.  He also coached his children’s youth basketball and football.

Bud’s sports enthusiasm was put into action with many area teams.  For example, Bud and Red Halpern were the impetus behind the forming of the North Idaho Booster Club in the 1960’s.  He served as President of North Idaho College Booster Club in 1963-64.  He has also been active in CHS Quarterback Club and Vandal Scholarship Fund by his involvement and financial support.  His contributions were instrumental in AUSI-Kibbie Dome Clubroom expansion and building CHS Filed House.  He is also committed to support the future Coeur d’Alene event center.

In addition to his sports involvement, business owner, and serving in the US Army Reserve for 28 years—retiring as Lieutenant Colonel, he was active in many civic activities.  Bud served as President of the Coeur d’Alene Lion’s Club, Bryan APATA, and was active in Coeur d’Alene Jaycees, Elks, Kiwanis, Eagles, and the Community United Methodist Church.  He was elected Councilman in both Coeur d’Alene and Hayden, Idaho.  He was selected one of the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1965.

Maralee Foss

Maralee was born July 7, 1937 in Harrison, Idaho, thirty-five minutes after her twin sister, Charleda. After attending most of her school years in Coeur d’Alene, she graduated from Coeur d’Alene Hight School in 1956 as valedictorian. Her total sports experience outside of P.E. classes consisted of one play day at the University of Idaho, due to the generosity of a parent taking six girls to the event. After high school Maralee headed to Brigham Young University where she and her sister completed their Bachelor of Science Degrees in three years. Maralee obtained her Master’s Degree in 1970. While at BYU she earned National DGWS ratings in volleyball and basketball, allowing her to get a great deal of experience officiating ball games. The twins also had the unique experience of officiating the Utah State “hop-scotch” tournament. Both Charleda and Maralee were fortunate on the volleyball teams that demonstrated the first three-hit volleyball games ever played, at the national AAHPERD Convention in Salt Lake City. They were also lucky to be chosen as the demonstration officials for the first women’s roving player basketball game. Maralee’s years at North Idaho College. She did very little coaching until she started teaching at Rogers High in Spokane, WA, where she coached girls tennis. She set up and played exchange games of volleyball and basketball with CHS, where her sister taught. In the fall of 1969, Maralee was hired at NIC to teach PE First Aid, and start the Women’s Varsity Sports Program. NIC joined the Pine League, consisting of Eastern Washington State College (EWU), Gonzaga University, Whitworth College, and Spokane Community College. Her officiating background helped a great deal, because when she wasn’t coaching she had to officiate. While at NIC, Maralee coached volleyball, basketball, tennis, and gave softball a try. Softball didn’t work because the State of Idaho was playing slow-pitch and colleges were playing fast-pitch softball, thus no college competition. NIC’s women’s basketball team won the 1972 Pine League Championship against a four year school, and qualified for the Regional Basketball Tournament in Tacoma, Washington Her tennis teams won the 1978 and 1979 Region 18 NJCAA Tournament and Maralee was named Tennis Coach of the Year both seasons. NIC Women’s Tennis players also attended three NJCAA National Tennis Tournaments 1978-1980. She ended her career at NIC as the Department Chairperson of the Physical Education Department. In addition to coaching, officiating high school and college sports, Maralee served on the Spokane Board of Officials, served on the Kootenai Family YMCA Board, was a First Responder Instructor, and Instructor trainer for the American Red Cross. She, along with her sister, coordinated and ran the Coeur d’Alene girls Softball program for ten years. Maralee was honored by NIC with the Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award in 1988, a Certificate of Honor for service from the YMCA in 1990 and in 1993 receiving the Sterling Silver Award for Employee of the Month. Also in 1993 she was inducted into the Idaho New Agenda Hall of Fame; served a two year term on the IAHPERD Board as the District One Representative, and represented Idaho as the IAHPERD Delegate to the AAHPERD National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Along with her sister, Maralee was honored as a North Idaho Sports Pioneer in 2008. Now retired, Maralee spends her time playing golf, wishing she could play like she used to. She has only one Nine Hole Club Championship and no “hole in one”, but she is still out there, hitting short and straight down the middle, just like a little old lady who is almost eighty!!

Charelda Foss

Charleda was born on July 7, 1937 in Harrison, Idaho, thirty-five minutes before her twin sister. The family moved to Coeur d’Alene and purchased five acres and three city lots on the east side of Coeur d’Alene. Except for two years during World War II, “Char” attended CDA schools and graduated from CHS in 1956. There were no sports opportunities for girls at the time. The family had a minifarm which provided the opportunity to “love to work”; milking cows included. Char and Maralee were involved with 4-H for several years. Char attended Brigham Young University, graduating in the spring of 1959, with a Bachelor of Science degree; then earned her Masters degree in 1971. Again the only sports offered were intramurals. The twins did learn how to officiate volleyball and basketball and received DGWS National ratings in these sports. Utah had a large sports program for girls, so they had an opportunity to officiate a lot of church and intramural games. BYU had three sports days a year, with BYU hosting basketball, Utah hosting volleyball and Utah State hosting softball; all limited to one day each. After teaching and working in city recreation, Char returned to CDA in 1961 and applied for a job in CDA City Recreation. She was hired by Red Halpern to start a girls softball program, to lifeguard, teach swimming and tennis. The area was so ready some of the girls lied about their age so they could play softball. She also organized the first Idaho State women’s Slow Pitch Softball Tournament held in Coeur d’Alene in 1966. This was a great time in Char’s life. The twins ran the program for ten years. Charleda taught at North Central, then Ferris High school in Spokane, Washington, where she coached golf. She taught at CHS from 1966 to 1970. Maralee was at Rogers High School from 1964 to 1969 so they scheduled Volleyball and Basketball games with each school. Charleda also put together a golf team that was undefeated playing against the existing Spokane girls golf teams. She also scheduled Volleyball games against Lakeland High school under Alice Devers. This was the only opportunity to play that the Coeur d’Alene girls had. From 1970 to 1973 Char taught at Borah HS in Boise, ID and coached volleyball, basketball, field hockey and gymnastics. Teachers in the area exchanged softball games for fun. Sports were just beginning and were at a very elementary level. While at Borah HS, she was also the traveling basketball official for Boise State University. The rest of Char’s career was in Coeur d’Alene at the Junior and Senior High school. Char held the very first Volleyball “officials” training clinic in Northern Idaho, under the DGWS national rules. She was also asked to coach the first girls basketball team for one year in 1973-74, which met and played in a grade school gym. Volleyball was just beginning; it was a bump-bump-bump game. Charleda spent a lot of time officiating college and high school volleyball and basketball. She also started a very fun, elective class at CHS in Advanced First Aid. She retired in 1997. One of her greatest accomplishments was starting and watching the growth of girls softball in the area. Charleda was inducted into the Idaho New Agenda Hall of Fame in 1992 for outstanding service to girl and women’s sports; received an NIC Outstanding Educator Award for 1996-1997 for commitment, dedication and outstanding contributions to education, was honored as a Viking Legend from CHS in 2004 and was named a North Idaho Sports Pioneer in 2008. Char’s hobby has become golf. After winning the Nine Hole Club Championship six times, she decided it was time to move up to the Eighteen Hole league. She is proud of her three holes in one.

Tom Hennessey

Born in Boise, Idaho in 1964, Tom was the son of Tom and Alice Hennessey. He has two sisters and grew up in Boise attending Boise High School. Tom was an accomplished ski racer as a youth winning the Idaho State Championships twice and the Pacific Northwest Championship s once. While at Boise High, Tom wrestled, played baseball and football. He was named First Team All State his junior and senior year. Tom attended the University of Idaho from 1982 to 1987 on a football scholarship majoring in Animal Science. He was a four year starter at linebacker . As a junior and senior, he was named First Team Linebacker in the Big Sky Conference, as well as Defensive Play er of the year as a junior. As a two time team captain, he set the career interception record and single season tackle record, which still stands. Upon graduation, Tom worked in Boise in the insurance industry. In 1994 he went to work for Simplot Livestock as a cattle buyer. He was with Simplot for 14 years, the last 6 years as the hea d cattle buyer. From 2008 to present, Tom is self-employed as a cattle buyer/feeder. Tom lives in Mountain Home with his wife, Shana. He has two sons, Tom and Jake. Tom, who also graduated from the University of Idaho and was a team captain, lives in Boise with his new wife, Haley. Jake graduated from College of Idaho where he played baseball and football. He is currently pursuing his Masters degree from University of Idaho.

Phil Hopson

Induction Year: 2007

Mary Jean Hinkemeyer

Induction Year: 2007