Come Say Goodbye To A Boise State Legend!

Boise State fans are invited Friday night to say "Thank-you!" to one of the greatest coaches ever at the university. Coach Sam Sandmire is retiring after 20 years and Friday night is her final home meet at Boise State. Make plans now to be on hand!

Take a stroll through the Boise State campus and you will not find anyone that bleeds blue and orange more than Sam Sandmire.  Her effervescent personality and enthusiasm is highly contagious, and her desire to improve her gymnasts, both on and off the field has left a lasting mark.  Pure and simple, Boise State Coach Sam Sandmire is a legend.

Bronco fans—we approach a very sad and happy moment this Friday.  Sad because this Friday is Coach Sam Sandmire's last day at Boise State.  After 20 wonderful years, she is retiring.  You don't replace someone like her.  She has led the Broncos to the NCAA Regional Gymnastics Championships each of her previous 19 seasons.  Under Sandmire, Boise State has finished the season in the top 25 eight times and ranked as high as #14 in the nation academically.  Sandmire has been honored as Conference Coach of the Year four times and Region Coach of the Year in 1996.  Sandmire has led the Broncos to conference championships in five of the past ten years.  Boise State finished fourth at the Regional Championships four times (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2004) and fifth five times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005).  Sandmire and her staff coached three All-Americans—Johnna Evans and Diana Loosli (1998) and Julie Wagner (1993 and 1995).

Boise State ranks 20th in the nation in attendance, averaging 1,352 per meet.  Sandmire helped bring the NCAA Regionals to Boise in 1994 and 1997, and the National Championships in 2000. 

Sandmire served as president of the National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches from 1991-94.  As an elite rated judge, she served as a judge's assistant at the 1987 Pan-American Games, the 1990 Goodwill Games and the 1991 World Championships.  She has also served on the board of directors for the Parents and Youth Against Drug Abuse, the Idaho Women's Challenge and ANSER charter school.  She currently serves on the St. Luke's women's advisory board.

The night is happy because Bronco fans get the opportunity to say goodbye and wish her well, to celebrate her fabulous career at Boise State, and to thank her for everything she's done.  Sandmire and her beloved Broncos take on Western Athletic Conference rival Utah State Friday night at 7 in Taco Bell Arena.  Kristin Aldrich and Tara Oberg will also be honored during Senior Night.


A number of events have been planned in conjunction with the final meet.  Former Bronco gymnasts and coaches will be in attendance as part of Alumni Reunion Night. Tickets for the dual meet are just $5 for adults and $3 for juniors and seniors.  Boise State students are admitted free with student ID.  Parking is free in General Parking spaces only.


All fans of Boise State are urged to come Friday night and say goodbye to a legend—Ms. Sam Sandmire!


"I'm looking forward to celebrating this final home competition with our dedicated fans and boosters," Sandmire said.  "See you Friday!"

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