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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.

Dave Fealko

Dave Fealko was born in Mullan, Idaho, April 9, 1947 to John and Elbjorg Fealko.  He was a member of the Mullan High School State Champion Basketball team.  He lettered his freshman year in basketball at the University of Idaho and graduated in 1970.

He began his teaching and coaching career in 1970 in Palouse, Washington before accepting a position with the CDA School District where he taught and coached until 2005.  During his career he coached the CDA Viking girl’s basketball team from 1978-1994 until he went over to the Lake City Timberwolves girl’s basketball team.  He coached at Lake City from 1994-1995 and then again from 1998-1999.  Dave took his first team to the State Tournament in 1982-83, laying the groundwork for what would become one of the top programs in the State.  Twelve of his final thirteen teams qualified for the State Tournaments.  Collectively his teams won five State A-1 championships, with on undefeated year in 1994, along with one runner up trophy, two third place finishes and one consolation trophy.  His final coaching record was 320-125 (.719).

He was a member of the North Idaho Official’s Association in both basketball and football and was inducted into the North Idaho Officials Hall of Fame.

Dave was a member of the first group inducted into the Idaho High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.  He was named Idaho Coach of the year at the North Idaho Sports Banquet. Dave was also part of the 1965 Mullan High School Basketball Team  “Legends of the Game” honored at the North Idaho Sports Banquet.

Dave retired in 2005 and lives with his wife, Patsy.  They have four children, Chad and wife Amy, Kristi and husband Ezra, Tracy, and Jeff and wife Michaela.  They have been blessed with three grandchildren: Sophia, Gavin, and Francesca.

Ray Faraca

Ray Faraca was born in Kellogg on December 8, 1930 and graduated from Kellogg High School in 1950, where he played football under Ed Heimstra, a member of the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame.

Ray received a football scholarship to the University of Idaho and was a starter on offense as a right guard and on defense as nose guard.  In his junior year, he was named as an honorable mention on the Pacific Coast Conference Team. This has led to his often repeated comment that he was “All-Coast, Almost.”

Ray graduated from the U of I in 1954 with a degree in education.  He returned to Kellogg planning on earning enough money working at Bunker Hill to attend graduate school at USC for physical therapy.  Before he was going to leave for USC Kellogg School District called and offered Ray a position.  Ray taught Biology, mostly at Kellogg High School for 34 years where he also coached both football and track.

Ray’s success as a coach can be measured in many ways, his track teams’ winning district championships for sixteen straight years, with many state champions in individual events and relays. Ray was mostly an assistant coach for the Kellogg football team.  The highlight of his football coaching had to be in 1984 when as head coach his team ended up in a tie with Post Falls for the Inter-Mountain League championship.  In his last two years at Kellogg, he took over responsibilities as Athletic Director and continued to work with the track team for several years after his retirement.

In 1956 Ray married fellow teacher, Mary Rae Thompson; they have been married for fifty-five years and have six sons—Jay, Tobin, Ray, Brett, Tony, and Guy.  All participated in athletics with varying degrees of success in football, wrestling, and track.  Four went on to graduate from the University of Idaho with the other two entering the work force with technical degrees.

Ray lives very quietly these days in Kellogg with the challenges and major responsibilities behind him.  As he looks back over his life, he still says, with no misgivings, “Its better to be a has-been than a never-was.”

 

John Friesz

Sports: Football
Schools and/or Teams: University of Idaho. San Diego Chargers. Washington Redskins. Seattle Seahawks. New England Patriots.
Years: Idaho 1985-1989. NFL 1990-2000.
Roles: QB
Induction Year: 2002
Hometown and/or State: Coeur d’ Alene Idaho.
Bio: John graduated from Coeur d’ Alene high school in 1985. After high school he went to the University of Idaho and played QB for Hall of Fame head coaches Dennis Erickson, Keith Gilbertson and John L. Smith. The Vandals won 3 consecutive conference championships in 1987, 1988 and 1989. He was a two-time First Team All-American and three-time Big Sky Conference player of the year. He twice led the nation in passing and received the 1989 Walter Payton Award as Division I-AA’s National Player of the Year. In 2006 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1990 he was drafted by the Chargers and went on to have an 11-year career in the NFL. An active member in the community, he has hosted golf tournaments benefiting the American Diabetes Association, Spinal Cord Research and is a founding board member for the Kootenai County Police and Fire Memorial Foundation.

He has been on the hall of fame board since 2009.

John and his wife Julie live in Hayden and have three sons; Hunter, Jake and Carter.

Tillman “Turk” Ferlough

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Norman Fredekind

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William Frazier

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Richard Fox

Richard “Bullet” Fox was a three-time letterwinner in men’s basketball for the Vandals (1919-22) and went on to coach the team. During Fox’ senior year in 1922, Idaho made its debut in the Pacific Coast Conference and won the league championship. He also spent time with the baseball and football teams at Idaho. His contributions to Vandal Athletics, however, have had a far-reaching impact on the program. Every year, the senior student-athlete with the highest grade-point average is honored with the Rich and Mary Fox Award.  The award is a cash stipend that can be used any way the student-athlete chooses.