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Doug Riesenberg

Doug was a football, basketball and track standout at Moscow High where he graduated in 1983.

He received all-state honors as both an offensive and defensive lineman in football and helped Moscow capture the Class 2A title during his junior year. He earned all-league and all-state honors in basketball as the team’s center. He also was a three-time state champion in the discus.

Doug was heavily recruited for football out of high school and he chose the University of California to continue his football career, and to study electrical engineering and computer science. He played on the defense for three seasons before he was moved to the offensive line his final year.

The move paid dividends for Doug, who at the time was 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds. In the spring following his senior year, the New York Giants selected Doug in the sixth round of the 1987 NFL draft. He spent the next nine years with the Giants at right tackle and started every game he played in the after his rookie season, including the team’s Super Bowl victory over Buffalo in 1991. In his first two starts, he lined up across from Charles Mann and Reggie White.

He spent the first five seasons under coach Bill Parcells, who retired after the Super Bowl win.

Doug played his final season with Tampa Bay and started all 10 games he played in before a knee injury ended his career. Overall, he played in 145 games and made 132 consecutive starts.

After his retirement, he and his family lived in Ross, Calif., where he coached the offensive line at Redwood High in Larkspur, Cal. He also served as offensive coordinator for the team in 2000 when it won the league title.

The family then moved to Corvallis, Ore., so Doug could complete his undergraduate degree. Doug attended Oregon State University and completed his engineering and educational studies in 2005.  Doug also coached four years at Corvallis High.

After earning his degree, Doug taught math in Lebanon, Ore., for two years and served as offensive line coach at Philomath High School. He then joined the Crescent Valley High staff in Corvallis, where he teacher Geometry and Algebra 1 mainly to 9th and 10th graders. He also has coached the offensive line at Crescent High for nearly a decade.

Chris Tormey

Chris made his mark at the University of Idaho when he coached the Vandal football team to its first bowl game victory at the IA-level.

Chris was UI’s coach during 1995-99 and compiled a 32-23 record during his five years, including an 18-11 league mark. He was 6-5 his first year, which was then UI’s final year in I-AA and helped the team make the transition to the Big West Conference.

His best year came in 1998 when he led the Vandals to the Big West Title and a 9-3 record. The season was highlighted by UI’s 42-35 win over Southern Mississippi in the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise. Southern Miss entered the game as a 16-point favorite. The team also defeated Boise State 42-35 in overtime, which remains UI’s last win over the Broncos in football.  Chris was named the Big West Coach of the Year that season.

The following season, Idaho went 7-4 and defeated Washington State 28-17 for the program’s first victory over the Cougars in 34 years.

Born in Nebraska, Chris moved to Spokane at an early age and played his high school ball at Gonzaga Prep. He then attended UI to play football and had an outstanding sophomore season in 1974 but he suffered a knee injury in the final game. He eventually had surgery and missed the 1975 season.

Chris bounced back in 1976 and was an all-Big Sky performer at defensive end and was named the team’s outstanding defensive player. He moved to outside linebacker in 1977 and again earned all-Big Sky honors.

After a brief training camp experience with the Washington Redskins, Chris started his coaching career at Gonzaga Prep and then was a graduate assistant at the University of Washington. When Dennis Erickson was named UI’s coach in 1982, he hired Chris as his defensive line coach.

Chris spent two years with Erickson and then returned to UW for 11 seasons, coaching tight ends, linebackers and the secondary, and serving as defensive coordinator for the final season.

Chris returned to Moscow to coach the Vandals for five seasons, and then was named head coach at Nevada, where he was head coach for four years. Chris then served as an assistant at Washington for five seasons and then two years at Hawaii. In 2011, he was linebackers coach at Washington State, and then served as defensive coordinator at Wyoming for two seasons. He spent 2015 with Montreal of the CFL and then three years as linebackers coach with the BC Lions.

Bob Squires

Robert (Bob) Squires was a high school coach and teacher in Idaho for 42 years, including the final 37 in Kamiah. He was head boy’s track coach at Kamiah for 29 year and head girl’s track coach for 16 years and his teams combined to win 37 district and regional titles, and eight state titles. His boy’s teams won five State Class A-3/2A titles, finished second three other times finished among the top four teams on 16 occasions. His girl’s teams won three state championships, had one second place finish, and captured nine district and regional titles.

While at Kamiah, Bob coaches 53 individual state champions and posted a combined 238 regular season, district, regional, and state meet victories.  Kamiah also hosted approximately 260 meets during his time at the school.

Bob was named the District II Track Coach of the Year 12 times and won the Idaho State Track Coach of the Year six times. The Idaho High School Activities Association honored him with the 1989 Distinguished Service Award and was put in the IHSAA Hall of Fame in 2004.

Bob was born July 13, 1938 in Kooskia, Idaho and attended a one-room grade school on Harris Ridge for three years. He then added Kooskia Grade School for grades 4-8 and then Clearwater Valley High School for grades 9-12. He then attended the College of Idaho and upon graduation, he started his teaching career at Clearwater Valley in 1959. Along with teaching eighth grade, he was head football coach for three years, head basketball coach for a year, and assistant basketball coach for two years.

Bob then taught sixth grade for two years in American Falls where he was an assistant football and basketball coach. He then took a job at Kamiah Middle School where he finished his career. He coaches the junior high track program for seven years, basketball for three years and football for two years. He then became the track coach at Kamiah High and coaches for 29 years. He also was an assistant football coach for 23 years and an assistant wrestling coach for three years.

Even after his retirement, Bob continues to work as a volunteer coach with the Kamiah track teams. He also helps organize and continues to announce at the home meets. He also works as one of the head field judges at the 3A, 2A, and 1A track meets.

Bob and his wife Felicia have two children, Teresa and Cynthia.

Van Troxel

Van Troxel was born in Caldwell, Idaho on March 16, 1954 to Ed and Donna Troxel.  He graduated from Moscow High School in 1972 where he was a multi-sport athlete, in football, basketball, and track.  He was s starter on the 1972 Moscow State Champion Basketball Team and then went on to play quarterback at the University of Montana from 1972-1975.  Troxel graduated from Montana in the spring of 1977 and began his teaching and coaching career in the fall of 1977 at Nampa High School in Nampa, Idaho.  In the fall of 1978 he became the head football coach of Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Montana.  In the fall of 1980 he moved on to be as assistant coach and P.E. teacher at Missoula Montana’s newest high school, Big Sky.  In 1980 he accepted the head football job at Hellgate High School, in Missoula, Montana, where he would coach and teach for the next 13 years.  The fall of 1991 was the Knights of Hellgate’s banner year, going 11-2 and reaching the Montana State Championship game. In the spring of 1994 Troxel became the first head football coach in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho of the new Lake City High School.  Troxel took his first Lake City team to the state play-offs in 1997, and since then, Lake City has qualified 17 of the last 18 years for the state play-offs, winning their first State championship in 2002 and another in their 2006 undefeated season.  Lake City finished second in the state in 1999 and 2001 and has made six trips to the semi-finals reaching a third place finish six times.

During his career Troxel has been an assistant track coach for all 37 years, an assistant basketball coach for 10 years in Montana, and an assistant wrestling coach for 7 years at Hellgate and Lake City.  In the summer of 1978 he started his first summer weight program and has been very involved in weights and athletic development since.  The summer of 1979 Troxel started on of the first high school team football camps in the northwest at Hamilton, Montana, and is one of the creators of the current Border League Football Camp, which involves teams from north Idaho and eastern Washington.

Troxel is a member of the 1972 Moscow Basketball Team “Legends of the Game” who were honored at the North Idaho Sports Banquet.  His father, Ed Troxel, is a member of the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame and the Washington High School Coaches Hall of Fame.  Troxel has been married to his wife, Karen, for 40 years.  She is a Principal in the Coeur d’Alene School District, and they have three children, and three grandchildren; Chad and his wife Jodie, Ashley and her husband Daniel Jones, and their children Maggie and Tucker, and Matt and his wife Katie and their daughter Emerson.

Gary “Big Dad” Rasmussen

Gary was born October 1, 1936 in Libby, Montana; Gary was the son of Sigvard and Ora Rasmussen.  He peacefully passed away in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho at age 75 on July 9, 2012.

Gary attended Libby schools, graduating from Libby High School in 1954.  He excelled in Football during his years in high school, earning a selection to the Montana East-West Shrine all-star game.  He then briefly attended Montana State University and Washington State University; was employed as a draftsman by Boeing in Seattle. He proudly served in the United States Army including active duty overseas in Korea; worked as a draftsman for the United States Forest Service in Libby before finally completing his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education at Eastern Washington State College in 1964.  Gary also earned a Masters Degree in Education from Whitworth College in 1975.

Gary loved life and greatly enjoyed his family and friends.  He was very active in many diverse roles throughout his community and made a huge impact on the lives of the many generations of kids that he taught and coached.

He primarily taught Algebra and Drivers Education; coached various levels of Football, Track, and Basketball and even served as a Drill Team instructor during his lengthy 32-year career as an educator within the Clark Fork and Coeur d’Alene School Districts.  In the 1980’s, under Coach Rasmussen, the Coeur d’Alene track teams won seven regional championships and twice placed runner-up at the state track meet.  As the longtime Fundraising Chairman for the Viking Booster Club, Gary was passionate about and worked tirelessly to bring the community to enrich the experiences and advance the opportunities of Viking student-athletes and coaches.  For these accomplishments and his long-time service, Gary received the District 1 Distinguished Service Award from the Idaho High School Activities Association following his retirement in 1996. Gary was also one of the founding board members of the Coeur d’Alene Junior Tackle Football Association.

Gary is survived by his wife Lois, three sons Rick, Steve and Bryan and two granddaughters Chelsey and Kylie.

John Shelt

JOHN SHELT graduated from Kellogg High in 1963 where he was a standout in both football and track, but he also excelled in baseball. As a halfback in football, he scored six touchdowns as a sophomore, 16 as a junior and broke the school record with 19 touchdowns as a senior. He averaged more than 100 yards per game rushing as a junior and 174 yards a game as a senior. His personal best was 220 yards in a game against Clarkston.

He was a first-team all-state selection his final two years and also chosen to the Coeur d’Alene Press All-North Idaho Team both seasons.

In track, he specialized in the 120-yard high hurdles and the 220-yard low hurdles. At state meets, he placed fourth as a sophomore and second in both his junior and senior years in the 120-yard hurdles, and was fourth his senior year at the 220 hurdles. He went undefeated in high hurdles in regular season meets both his junior and senior seasons. He also participated in the high jump as state as a senior.

He played two seasons of basketball at Kellogg and averaged nine points a game as a junior.

Shelt showed off his athleticism in baseball as well where he played in Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion. He was a shortstop, first baseman and a pitcher. In American Legion, he hit 320 and went 5-2 on the mound in his first season and then hit .410 and went 6-3 pitching during his second year. He impressed the pro scouts enough to earn an offer to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates Class A farm team in Lewiston, Idaho.

Instead, he chose to attend the University of Idaho on a football scholarship where he played running back on the freshman team, where he scored a touchdown and on two two-point conversions in a win over the Washington State freshman squad. He moved to defense as a sophomore where he started two seasons. He played cornerback as a sophomore and moved to linebacker as a junior. He recorded five interceptions and was second on the team in tackles his junior year.

With the Vietnam War making headlines during 1967, Shelt changed his focus to his education and didn’t play football his final year. He had been involved with Advanced ROTC at UI and upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. He spent 13 months in Korea as a tank platoon leader during the Vietnam War.

After the war, he lived in Spokane but eventually moved to Kennewick where he settled down and was married. He also became active in coaching youth baseball teams for eight years. He also was involved with the Kennewick Booster Club.

Shelt and his wife Janyce have four children, including Jason Shelt, who is the second all-time leading tackler in UI history.

Joe Tofflemire

Tofflemire grew up in Post Falls, Idaho, as one of eight siblings born to John and Anna Tofflemire. He was a 1984 graduate of Post Falls High School where he was a three-year letterman in both track and football and was named to the All State teams being named the Offensive Lineman of the year his senior year. In high school, he was an All Intermountain League First Team kicker his junior and senior seasons. He kicked a 44 yard field goal his junior year in a State Playoff game versus Bishop Kelly which at that time was an Idaho high school state record. He was moved up to the varsity team his freshman year as a kicker. He wore a size 14, black Spotbilt square toe kicking boot and was given the name “Joe the Toe” by assistant coach Steve Long during a practice session. The nickname stuck, and throughout his life he was referred to by former high school, college and pro teammates simply as “Toe”. With a powerful leg, he could regularly kick the football through the uprights on kickoffs.

At the University of Arizona Joe started four years at center, being named to the All Pac-10 Team three straight years.  He mad All-American his junior and senior years.  He won the Morris Trophy his senior year, which is given to the most outstanding Offensive Lineman in the Pac-10.  He was also named captain of the team and MVP his senior year at the University of Arizona.  Since Graduating from Arizona, he has been named to the Pac-10 all 80’s team, and has been elected to the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.  In 1997 he was named to the wildcat stadium ring of honor at the University of Arizona, this honor has been given to only 24 players that have played football at Arizona.  In 2000, he was named one of the top 100 athletes to attend the University of Arizona and was also named to the All-Century team as well as the Arizona All-Time, All Pac-10 First Team.

Joe was the 44th player chosen in the 1989 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks, starting at center for seven years before retiring in 1995.

David Triplett

David was born in Pocatello in 1944 and attended Pocatello High School where he graduated in 1962.  David played football, wrestled, and participated in track.  He was an All-League Lineman his senior year and won the District Tournament in wrestling before placing third at the State Tournament. He place third at State in the discus behind Ray McDonald from Caldwell and Ray Miller from Borah.

David went on to play football at the University of Idaho for Coach Dee Andros.  David started both his junior and senior year where he was selected Lineman of the Week and was recognized as All Conference guard in 1966 where he blocked for Thundering Ray McDonald and defeated WSU both his junior and senior years.  David was on the Dean’s List with a 3.5 GPA and was asked to try out for the Dallas Cowboys but chose to stay at the University of Idaho and work on his Masters Degree in Entomology.

During his second year of Graduate School David was awarded the first prestigious Dr. H.C. Manis Memorial Award for Research and Thesis.  He also worked as a football assistant coach for Ed Troxel.

After graduating from the University of Idaho David starting teaching biology and coaching at Capital High School in Boise in 1968 and continued through 1975.  He coached football, wrestling, and track and started a gymnastic boys’ team.  His focus turned to wrestling and coached numerous district and state champions.  He was selected twice as Coach of the Year for the Third District Coaches Association and continues to work with Idaho’s wrestling community as the state’s free style wrestling coach.

David has served as a youth leader and member of the vestry for St. Stevens Episcopal Church in Boise.  He has served as a leader for Masonic youth groups, 4-H, Cub Scouts and President of the PTA.

He is very active in civic activities and has been active in leadership training for several northwest conference meetings for the York Rite Masons and the Grand Lodge of Idaho Masons.  David is currently the Grand Master of Masons in Idaho, being the head , or CEO, of all Masonic Activity in Idaho.

In the York Rite Masonry he has been awarded for community service and leadership, The Outstanding Youth Leadership Award, The Cryptic Mason of the Year for Idaho and in Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International.  He has received their most prestigious award, the Columbian Medal.  He is only one of four living recipients worldwide of this award.

David and his wife Ann have two children.

 

Ray Turner

Ray Turner was a forward for the Idaho men’s basketball team from 1940-42. He was one of the top scorers of the decade in the Pacific Coast Conference. As a senior in 1942, Turner earned All-PCC acclaim and PCC All-Northern Division honors after scoring 192 points during the season, which was a Northern Division record at the time for single-season points. He was a near-unanimous selection for All-PCC that year as he earned 109 of a possible 110 votes for the team. In 1941, he was also an All-Northern Division Honorable Mention selection as a junior.

Edward Troxel

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