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Dale James

Dale graduated from Pendleton High School in 1956 where he played and lettered 3 years in baseball and basketball.  He was on the league all star team his senior year in basketball.  Dale attended Boise Junior College from 1956 through 1958.  In his freshman year the BJC basketball team went to the National Junior College tournament in Hutchison, Kansas and placed 4th.  He went on play at the University of Idaho where he played basketball for two years.  He received the Oz Thompson Sportsmanship Award in 1960, the Jay Gano Award, Idahonian Outstanding Senior Athlete Award, and Basketball team co-captain in 1961.  He holds the U of I record for highest percentage of free throws made at 87.3%.

He started his coaching career at Lewiston High School in 1962 and coached there until 1968.  He took two teams to the state tournament where they placed 3rd and 4th. He went on to assist Wayne Anderson coach the freshman team at the University of Idaho from 1968 to 1974.  He then went on to coach Eagle Point High School from 1974 to 1976, then Treasure Valley Community College from 1976 to 1978.  He finished his head coaching career at Columbia Basin Community College and in 1980 he placed 2nd at the Washington Community College Athletic Association tournament.

In 1980 Dale purchased the Handy Mart in Post Falls and assisted Rolly Williams at North Idaho College for 8 years.

Dale is married to his wife Barbara and has a son Brett that is deceased.

“Dale James is a living example of how much heart plays in athletics.  Time and again through his prep and college days he outplayed boys and men with bigger and stronger physical equipment, and his friends’ figure he’ll be just as tough to beat in later life as he has been in school.  Hustle and determination pay tremendous dividends no matter where they are used”  Sportswriter in Pendleton

 

 

Craig Juntenen

A talented athlete and gifted student, Craig Juntunen co-captained the Vandal football team in 1977 and earned a pair of letters from 1976-77. The team’s offensive MVP during the 1977 season, Juntunen completed 52.7 percent of his passes for 770 yards and three touchdowns. In 1976, Juntunen led the team to a 7-4 record and a second-place finish in the Big Sky. He went on to play two seasons in the Canadian Football League.

Elmer Jordan

Elmer Jordan competed in basketball and tennis for the Vandals from 1939-42. After graduation, Jordan became a high school football coach at Coeur d’Alene High School. In 1947, he was invited to coach the first Idaho East-West All-Star football game in Boise. Two years later in 1949, he coached in the National All-Star basketball game in Kentucky. He was the leader of Coeur d’Alene athletics for 23 years as a coach and athletic director and led the basketball team to state titles in 1949 and 1963. Jordan has also been enshrined in the Idaho High School Activities Association Hall of Fame and the Inland Empire and Greater Spokane Sports Association Hall of Fame.

Walter Johnson

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Gus Johnson

Gus Johnson was only at the University of Idaho for one season, but Johnson’s impact on Vandal basketball was legendary. Thousands of fans lined up outside Memorial Gym to see Johnson in action in 1963, when he earned All-America accolades and averaged 19 points and 20.3 rebounds per game to lead the Vandals to a 20-6 overall record. His 466 rebounds are still an Idaho single-season record by a margin of 133. His 20.3 rebounding average in 1963 ranked second in the NCAA. He was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in the second round of the 1963 NBA draft, which sparked an 11-year NBA career, featuring four All-NBA selections, five NBA All-Star Game appearances and recognition as one of the best players in league history. Johnson was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Glen Jacoby

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Lawrence Jackson

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