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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.

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.

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

Bobbi Hazeltine

Bobbi Hazeltine grew up in Craigmont, Idaho where she competed in basketball, volleyball and track for the Highland High School Huskies.

As a senior in 1977-78, Hazeltine was a key member of the girls’ basketball team that won the first of the school’s four state championships.  Also that year, Bobbi helped orchestrate Highland’s upset of A-3 powerhouse Prairie of Cottonwood, breaking the Pirates 30 game winning streak.

Hazeltine played basketball for two seasons at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, helping the Cardinals turn their program into a winner.

Following graduation from the University of Idaho, Hazeltine coached volleyball and basketball at Troy High School in northern Idaho for more than a decade.

Her Trojan volleyball teams won four consecutive state A-4 championships, and she won five state A-4 basketball championships.  In 12 years of competition, her basketball teams compiled a record of 253-59 (.811 winning percentage).  In addition, she won 246 volleyball matches at Troy.

Hazeltine’s Troy teams were not always the most talented but were known for their dedication, discipline and desire.  Oftentimes, Troy was not the favorite to win a tournament but came out on top anyway.

Bobbi became the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Walla Walla Community College in 19099, and the Warriors won the prestigious Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship in her second season.  The tournament features the best 16 teams out of the 34 schools in the NWAACC that play basketball.

In eight seasons at WWCC, the Warriors have qualified for the NWAACC tournament seven times and have placed in the top seven each time, including the 1999-2000 title.

Entering the 2007-08 seasons, Hazeltine’s Warrior teams are 166-75 in her eight years at the helm.

A major influence in Hazeltine’s life was Dave Snodgrass, her coach at Highland.  She became a coach because of him, and her teams have always reflected his commitment and dedication to the game of basketball.

Hazeltine and her husband, Rory, have a daughter, Allison (23) and a son, Nick (18).

Jim Hatch

Born September 10, 1927 in Coeur d’Alene Jim attended Coeur d’Alene High School and graduated in 1945.  He excelled in athletics, playing football and Baseball at CHS and went on to the University of Idaho on a football scholarship where he was a four year letterman.  In 1950 he served two years in the Army before returning home to start his coaching career.

Jim started his career in Huntington, Oregon where he taught social studies and coached six-man football.  He moved to Harrington, Washington to coach eight-man football along with Basketball.  After Harrington he moved on to Carnation, Washington where he taught and coached at Tolt High School until 1964.  It was then that Jim moved to Cheney where he would spend the rest of his professional career.  In 1966 his Blackhawk football team was undefeated.  In 1973 he retired from coaching to become the Athletic Director, serving in that position until 1987 and retiring from education in 1988.

Throughout his 24 years at Cheney High School, Jim was known for a great sense of humor and his positive effect on many young people.  Among those was the late Tom Oswald, the quarterback of the undefeated 1966 football team.

Jim passed away on November 4, 2007 and is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty.  Jim and Betty have four children, son Jimmy and daughters Jana, Lori and Krisann

 

Tracy Hanson

Tracy was born in Coeur d’Alene and fell in love with golf at the age of ten.  She graduated from Lakeland High School and went on to play golf at San Jose State University and joined the LPGA Tour in 1995.

Biographical Information
· Joined LPGA tour: 1995
· Winner Indonesian Open—1994, 1994-2 Pacific Northwest Golf Tour Titles
· Played College golf at San Jose State University – 10 individual titles
· 4 Time All-American, 3 Time Academic All-American
· Member of the SJSU Sports Hall of Fame and National Golf Coach’s Association Hall of Fame
· Member of the 1992 NCAA Championship Team
· Born in Northern Idaho
· Resides in Florida

Personal Interests
· Studying and reading the Bible, fellowship with family and friends, writing, reading,
computer stuff
· Most outdoor activities: fishing, hiking, rock climbing, working out, walking the beach
· Chocolate chip cookies!  (no nuts)

Speaking Highlights
· Fellowship of Christian Athlete breakfasts, camps, huddle groups
· College Golf Ministry dinner banquet—Memphis, TN
· Church youth groups
· Celebrate Jesus 2000 Crusade—Mt. Gilead, NC
· Links Fellowship Golf Outing—Skidaway Is., GA
· Christian Business Men’s Fellowship dinner—Lansing, MI
· Women’s in Sports Day @ Western Michigan

Published writings
· Links Newsletter, Dec 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
· Decision Magazine, Feb. 2002, Feb. 2000
· Sports Spectrum, June/July 2001, June/July 2000 & Nov/Dec 2000
· Chicken Soup for the Golfer’s Soul, 1999
· Christian Golfer’s Association website articles
· Clarity Magazine, April/May 1999

G.E. “Cap” Horton

Sports: Football, Track and Field
Schools and/or Teams: University of Idaho
Years: Varsity 1902-1906, U of I Prep 1899-1901
Roles: Fullback, Team captain 1900; Discus record 1904
Induction Year: December 21, 2015
Hometown and/or State: Garfield, WA
Bio: Graduated from the University of Idaho in Electrical Engineering, class of 1906. Served as graduate manager from 1923 to 1939. During that time he was secretary-treasurer of the Idaho Memorial Association that built Memorial Gymnasium. He was also graduate manager when Neale Stadium was built in 1935.  Prior to that time he served as a state rehabilitation officer for the blind, headquartered in Boise. After resigning the graduate managership he served several years as secretary of the Moscow Elks lodge and was an active Mason and Rotarian.  Cap, above all, was a active University of Idaho alum and an avid Vandal fan until he died in 1949 at the age of 69.

Bret Hyde

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