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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.

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.

Larry Schwenke

Larry was an all-around athlete in his hometown of Whitefish, Montana.  He went on to play football, basketball, baseball, track and golf at Northern Montana College where he was elected to the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.  He taught and coached one year in Great Falls, Montana and then earned his master’s degree at the University of North Dakota before moving to Coeur d’Alene in 1972.

Larry retired as the Activities Director and Assistant Principal at Coeur d’Alene High School in 2007.  His 35 year career in the Coeur d’Alene school system included 20 years in the football program, 4 of them as head coach (30-12-2) and 14 years as the head girl’s softball coach from 1979-1993 with a 362 wins—44 loss record.  His softball teams won 12 straight championships from 1981-1993.  He was recognized as the Idaho Coach of the Year 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994.  He was named the NHSCA Region 7 Coach of the Year in 1991.  Larry attributes his success in softball to the wonderful student athletes he coached and his assistants over the years.  The Coeur d’Alene School District recently named the CHS softball field “The Larry Schwenke Field.”

Larry was recently inducted into the Idaho Athletic Administrators Association (IAAA) Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Idaho High School Activity Association (IHSAA) Hall of Fame in August of 2008.

One of Larry’s passions has been the development and enhancement of the athletic facilities and programs at Coeur d’Alene high school.  He is especially proud of the recognition CHS has received through the IHSAA’s Schools of Excellence program.

Larry and his wife, Laurie have raised three daughters; Ann, Keri and Andrea.  Together they enjoy golf, boating, traveling, spending time with their five grandchildren and of course attending CHS events.

Dave Snodgrass

Biographical Data: 64 years old, Married to Glenda Sue Snodgrass, three children-David, Ben and Jolyn.  Veteran, United States Air Force (1970-1974).

Positions Held: Health, Physical Education and Social Studies Teacher at Highland High School (1975-1991) Principal at Clearwater Valley High School (1991-2000), Principal at Prairie Middle School (2000-2005) Principal at Prairie High School (2005-2007) Principal at Nezperce High School (2008-Present)

Education Background: Undergrad degree-Central Washington State College (1969), Masters Degree in Education-Eastern Washington (1979), Masters in Educational Administration-University of Idaho (1991)

Coaching Experience: Girls Basketball-29 years and counting-Record through 2011 (500-212) Track and Field 17 years and counting.

  1. Basketball, Football, and Track, Ridgefield Jr. High School Ridgefield Washington

(1969-1970)

  1. Basketball and Track Coaching Staff, Eastern Washington (1974-75) Dr. Jerry Krause Head Coach
  2. Girls Basketball Coach, Highland of Craigmont (1975-1991) Record 265-114. Track Coach 16 years, Assistant Football 3 years, High School Boys and Girls Basketball 10 years each, Jr. High Boys and Girls Track 16 years
  3. Girls Basketball Coach, Clearwater Valley High School (1992-1999) Record 112-51
  4. Girls Basketball Coach, Prairie High School (2000-2006) Record 105-42
  5. Girls Basketball Coach, Nezperce High School (2010-Present) Record 18-5. Boys and Girls High School Track Coach

Coaching Distinctions:

  1. North Idaho Coach of the Year 1980
  2. National High School Coach of the Year, District VII-1990
  3. Sate of Idaho Coach of the Year-Women’s Basketball 1978-1985-1995
  4. District II Coach of the Year (many times)
  5. Women’s Basketball Record (500-212), 3 State Championships (1978, 1985, 1995), State Runner-up 6 times (1977-1980-1981-1986 2001, 2002) State Third Place 1984, State Consolation Champion (1979 & 1996) District Champion 11 times.
  6. Track State Runner up 1984, Regional Champions 1984, White Pine Champion (1982, 1983, 1984, runner-up 1980, 1985, 1986, & 1989)

Steve Symms

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Bruce Sweeney

Bruce Sweeney was one of Idaho’s top track and field athletes in the 1950s. Sweeney wrapped up his career, which ran from 1951-53, as Idaho’s all-time top scorer in track and field as well as the school-record holder in the 120-yard high hurdles (14.7) and the 220-yard low hurdles (23.7). He had his best season in 1953, when he went undefeated during the regular season in his events and won Pacific Coast Conference Northern Division titles in the high and low hurdles, as well as the broad jump. The only man he lost to that season in the hurdles was the world record holder in the events. One group of runners who never got the best of Sweeney resided just a few miles away. Throughout his career, Sweeney was never beaten by a Washington State runner in either hurdle event. After college he kept his track career going. Sweeney was a finalist at the 1956 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 400-meter hurdles and one year later finished sixth in the 440-yard hurdles at the U.S. Championships. He went on to serve for 20 years in the Idaho State Legislature. He also spent more than 30 years working as an official and a starter at the Idaho State High School Track & Field Championships.

Picabo Street

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Ruby Stone

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Bill Stoneman

Bill Stoneman has excelled at every level of baseball, as a player at Idaho and as a Major League Baseball executive. A top-caliber pitcher for the Vandals, Stoneman went on to be selected in the 31st round of the MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs in 1966. He made his major league debut on July 16, 1967, and pitched eight seasons in the majors with the Cubs, the Montreal Expos and the California Angels. As an Expo, Stoneman finished eighth in Cy Young Award voting in 1971 and was a 1972 National League All-Star. He threw two no-hitters in his career and finished with a 54-85 all-time record in eight years. From 1969-71, he ranked in the top 10 each season in strikeouts per nine innings. In 1984, he moved on to the next phase of his professional career in baseball as the Assistant to the President for the Montreal Expos. From 1985-99 he served as Montreal’s Vice President of Baseball Operations and served two seasons as the team’s General Manager. In 2000, Stoneman moved on to the Anaheim Angels as General Manager and led the team to four playoff appearances, three division championships and the 2002 World Series crown.

Merle Stoddard

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