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
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!"