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.

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.

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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C.W. Totten

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