Those Who Stayed ARE Champions

The most fascinating story of our five Time Capsule articles goes back to 1980. The Division I-AA National Champion Boise State team did not win by miracles; they won by integrity. One only look at this Biography that follows to gauge the character of these men. Join us as we go back in time and also fast forward to the present day to examine the 1980 Bronco football team!

Prior to beginning this article, I would like to express sincere thanks to Tom Scott, Michel Bourgeau, the Boise State Library, the Boise State Archives Department, the Boise State athletic Department and The Idaho Statesman for their assistance. I conducted research at Boise State and utilized stories contained in The Statesman and "The Broncos: An Illustrated History of Boise State University Athletics 1932-1994" by Dr. Patricia Ourada. I would especially like to single out Varsity B Club Coordinator Michel Bourgeau, who provided immense help to me in the writing of this story. Major kudos to you Mr. Bourgeau! Photos provided in the story are courtesy of Boise State University, the Boise State Athletic Department, the Boise State Library, the Boise State Archives Department and photographer Jerry Ingram. All rights are protected by copyright law and permission must be granted by the above individual and entities prior to use of any photo.

They are leaders. They are winners. And they are champions!

Larry Alder, Free Safety (#42)

A Boise High School standout, Larry was an all-city, all-Southern Idaho Conference and all-State football player and a three-year letterman in baseball. Alder was a star defensive safety and four-year letterman with the Broncos from 1979 to 1982. Larry had good speed and strength, able to bench press 300 pounds. He had 12 tackles, 2 interceptions, a forced fumble and a pass deflection in 1979. In 1980, Alder racked up 31 tackles with 3 interceptions and 5 pass deflections. In his junior season, he had 46 tackles, 2 interceptions and 6 deflections.

Larry was a fierce hitter and one of the strongest players on the Boise State football team. Larry played a key role in helping the Broncos win the national championship against the powerful Eastern Kentucky Colonels in 1980. Larry has had a very successful career in outdoor advertising with Lamar where he is Lamar's Idaho General Manager. Larry is married to the former Marie Basabe; they have one son, Johnny.

Joe Aliotti, Quarterback (#14)

Joe lettered in football, basketball and baseball at Pittsburg High in California. Aliotti came to Boise State from Los Medanos JC in California. He was a JC All-American and was named conference Player of the Year both seasons. It was no surprise, then, when he came in to Boise and took control. He had originally planned to play both football and baseball but when Boise State dropped baseball prior to his arrival, Joe concentrated solely on football. It worked out.

Aliotti hit 65.8 percent of his passes in 1979 (144-219) for 1,870 yards and 19 touchdowns against only 7 interceptions. He was a unanimous choice as Big Sky Newcomer of the Year and a unanimous choice as All-Big Sky quarterback. Aliotti was also chosen as the Big Sky's Offensive Player of the Year and was named to both the Kodak and Associated Press All-America teams.

In 1980, Aliotti threw for 1,590 yards (134-218) and 13 TD's with 61.5% accuracy in guiding the Broncos to the National Championship. He also ran for 156 yards on 92 carries and scored twice. Joe was a repeat performer on the 1980 All Big-Sky Team and was an Honorable Mention All-American in 1980.

When Joe was finished with his brief but remarkable two-year career at Boise State, he had set records for highest passing percentage in a game (20-24 for 83.3% against Idaho in 1979), highest passing percentage for a season (65.8% in 1979) and highest career passing percentage (278-437 for 63.6%). In fact, Aliotti was 1-2 for the best passing percentage in a season at that time.

Aliotti still ranks #4 and #10 for his 1979 and 1980 seasons, respectively, in passing percentage. His miniscule 3.43% career interception ratio (15 interceptions in 437 career attempts) still ranks 5th all-time.

Joe followed up his All-American days at Boise State with an outstanding coaching career that is profiled in the 45-Day Countdown story "Joe Knows Winning". at De La Salle High School (30 miles southeast of San Francisco) in 1998, Aliotti has been part of the greatest football winning streak in history. From 1992-2003, the Spartans won an incredible 151 games in a row, more than doubling the existing record. Joe is the offensive coach and Dean of students at the school.

Chip Barnett, Center (#67)

Chip was an All-League and All-Area center at Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp, California. He had good quickness and was a hard worker.

Tom Barrieau, Fullback (#24) Tom collected nine letters at Dixon High School, three each in football, basketball and baseball. He was the conference Most Valuable Player in football and a member of the all-Northern California squad. Barriau was on the Dean's List at Dixon with a 3.6 GPA. Tom received all-academic honors all four years from the Big Sky Conference and was a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District team his last two years while playing football at Boise State. Tom began at quarterback running the scout offense during the 1979 season. His talents were needed at fullback and he became a great blocking back. In 1980, Barrieau carried 11 times for 77 yards (7.0 avg.) and a touchdown. In '81, he had 3 carries for 26 yards (8.7 avg.).

Barriau introduced himself to Randy Trautman by pouring a five-gallon bucket of ice water on the unsuspecting Trautman! He backed up the best fullback ever at Boise State—David Hughes. In 1981 and 1982, he blocked for Rodney "Rocket" Webster. Not only did Tom get his degree in Business in 1983 but he was the receipient of the Gladys Langroise Graduate Research Scholarship.

Since leaving Boise State he has 25 years of experience in Information Technology and Manufacturing Management. He currently is Manger of Data Management at Blue Cross of Idaho. Barrieau has demonstrated leadership in establishing a compelling vision, mission, purpose, objectives and measures to meet or exceed customer expectations. He has advanced educational and experiential knowledge in: Business Planning and Strategy Development, IT Operations and Application Development, IT Service Management and Implementation, IT Governance, Enterprise Architecture, Portfolio and Project Management and Vendor management & Total Cost of Ownership.

Previously, Tom was the IT Director at Hewlett Packard from 2000-2004 and Global IT SAP Replenishment Development Manager for HP from 2004-2006. He worked with Hewlett Packard in various capacities for 22 years. While Americas User Support Manager, he was responsible for 850 employees and 60,000 desktops.

Tom is married and has two children; his oldest daughter is attending Boise State.

Shawn Beaton, Guard (#69)

Shawn lettered in football, wrestling and lacrosse at Crescent Heights High School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He was an excellent pulling guard and exceptional pass blocker. Beaton was a big part of Coach Jim Criner's first recruiting class as a fullback, but quickly found his spot on the Bronco offensive line. He had exceptional speed at guard and benched 425. Beaton was a key figure on one of Boise State's best-ever offensive lines, helping his team set school records at the time in rushing yards (2,752 in 1979), highest average rushing yards per carry (5.1 in 1979) and highest completion percentage (63.1% in 1979). Shawn was an All-Big Sky Conference performer in 1979 and 1980 and Honorable Mention All-America his senior season.

Beaton was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 Canadian Football Draft by the Montreal Alouettes.

Today, Shawn is the Chief Deputy Assessor for Marion County in Oregon. He and his wife Tina of 24 years have five children. His son Michael is a sophomore on the Oregon State football team.

Kipp Bedard, Wide Receiver (#80)

Kipp earned all-SIC and all-State on both offense and defense at Boise's Capital High School, earning All-America honors in football. Bedard was also an all-State basketball player and placed second in the triple jump at the Idaho state meet in 1977. He began his career at Notre Dame but transferred to Boise State after his freshman season in South Bend.

Bedard had 35 catches for 477 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first season at Boise State. Kipp caught 27 passes for 393 yards in 1980. He paced the Broncos with 60 receptions for 1,101 yards (18.4 avg.) and 7 touchdowns in 1981.

Bedard caught 122 passes for 1,971 yards in his Bronco career to rank 12th all-time. He caught the winning touchdown against Grambling in the I-AA Semifinals and his three receptions on "The Drive" against Eastern Kentucky put the Broncos in position to win it. He was named Honorable Mention All-America in 1980 and Second-Team All-America in 1981. Bedard was All-Big Sky in both 1980 and '81.

Bedard is currently Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Micron Technology, Inc. (a position he has held for 16 years) and has been a Micron Officer since April of 1990. His responsibilities include investor relations, media relations, corporate communications and public relations, government affairs, product publicity, corporate contributions, corporate e-commerce strategy, and corporate development. He is President of the Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., formed to advance science and technology education and support civic and charitable institutions in the communities in which Micron has facilities. Kipp began his career at Micron Technology, Inc. in 1983 in the Accounting Department. He was later named manager of Micron's Systems Group, which was formed in 1984.

Prior to his Micron career, Bedard was an accountant at what is now Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Bedard attended the University of Notre Dame and the College of Southern Idaho, and received his degree in Business Administration from Boise State University (major in accounting).

He is a board member of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, the Boise Area Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Idaho Quality Award. Kipp is also and Advisor for Akers Capital Team LLC.

Chris Bell, Cornerback

Chris was the A-2 Player of the Year in football and all-State in basketball at Buhl High School. He had 22 tackles, a pass deflection and 2 interceptions in 1978. The following season, Chris had 51 tackles, 3 for loss, with 2 interceptions, a forced fumble and 6 pass deflections as a starter. Bell had 39 tackles, 1 for loss with 6 pass deflections as a valued contributor for the 1980 team. In his senior season, Crhis had 58 tackles, 1 for loss, with 10 pass deflections, 6 interceptions and a fumble recovery.

David Blackburn, Free Safety (#26)

David was all-city in football and a basketball and track letterman at Lee High School in Huntsville, Alabama. Blackburn played backup to Larry Alder. He was intelligent and a hard-hitter with great speed and quickness. He totaled 3 tackles in 1979, 15 in 1980 with a fumble recovery and 20 stops and 2 pass deflections in 1981.

David has also gravitated towards the Information Technology field. Currently, he is the Senior IT Recruiter for Claddagh Resources, a privately-held firm in the staffing and recruiting industry.

Michel Bourgeau, Nose Tackle (#83)

Michel was voted best defensive lineman at Andre'-Grasset in Montreal, Canada. Bourgeau made an immediate contribution as a freshman with 38 tackles, 6 for loss. He had 57 tackles in 1981 with 6 for loss. The following season, Michel battled through injuries to post 35 tackles, 5 for loss, with 4 fumble recoveries. He was an All-Big Sky Conference selection in 1981 and 1983. Bourgeau was chosen to play in the 1983 Blue-Gray college all-star game.

He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 11th round of the 1984 NFL Draft. He chose to play with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League, while finishing his classes at Boise State. Michel graduated from Boise State in 1985 with a degree in Business. He played with Ottawa from 1984-1989 and with the Edmonton Eskimos from 1989-1994.

In 1990, Bourgeau was inducted into the Boise State Athletic Hall of Fame. After retiring from professional football in 1994, Michel moved back to the Treasure Valley and worked in sales and development at Extended Systems, Inc. and Hewlett-Packard. Today, Michel he is the development officer in charge of the Varsity "B" Club that he founded at Boise State. Bourgeau's primary responsibilities are to identify, cultivate and involve former student-athletes in the activities of the Bronco athletic programs. In two years, Michel has doubled the membership of the Club.

Mike Bradeson, Cornerback (#30)

Mike came to Boise State as a Bay Area native by way of Pinole Valley High School and Contra Costa College. He was all-East Bay in football and was a basketball and baseball letterman in high school. Bradeson had 34 tackles in 1979, a tackle for loss, two interceptions and four pass deflections. In 1980, Mike had 56 tackles with a forced fumble, 2 interceptions and 6 pass deflections. He graduated in 1981 with a degree in business management.

Like many of his teammates, Bradeson wanted to remain in football. The year after the National Championship, Bradeson became a graduate assistant at Boise State. He was hired in 1983 to coach the Bronco secondary and running backs, which he did for three years. The following season, he was hired by Chris Ault at Nevada to coach the Wolf Pack secondary and special teams and serve as recruiting coordinator.

After six seasons in Reno, Mike coached the secondary for the University of California for four years. In 1996, UNLV came calling and Bradeson would coach there for 14 years, serving as coach of the Secondary, Linebackers, Cornerbacks, Special Teams, Recruiting Coordinator and four years as the Rebel defensive coordinator. Bradeson was the longest-tenured coach in Rebel history. This year, Mike is back to Reno to coach the secondary for Coach Ault.

"With his deep experience, he will give Andy (DC Andy Buh) all the support he needs from the secondary. He is a well-rounded defensive backs coach because of his vast experience as a defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator," Ault said of Bradeson.

At UNLV, Bradeson coached or recruited eight players who went on to the National Football League and three players who were named Defensive Player of the Year in the Mountain West Conference. He helped develop the talents of defensive back Kevin Thomas (Buffalo Bills), Sam Brandon (Denver Broncos), Eric Wright of the Cleveland Browns and two-time All-America safety Jamaal Brimmer. While serving as DC, the UNLV defense led the Mountain West and was seventh in the nation in takeaways in 2003. In 2001, the Rebels led the MWC in passing defense (189.4 yards per game) and was 11th nationally in pass efficiency defense.

In his short stay at Berkely, Bradeson coached NFL players Jerod Cherry and Isaac Booth. Bradeson coached or recruited three NFL players previously at Nevada—Forsey Duckett, Brock Marion and Bernard Ellison. In Bradeson's six seasons in Reno, the Wolf Pack was 57-18.

Mike and his wife April were married in 2005 and the couple as a son, Drew.

Dennis Brady, Offensive Tackle (#60)

Dennis was the recipient of several awards at Concord High School in California while lettering in football, wrestling, swimming and track. He was a great run-blocker and benched over 400 pounds. Brady was a big part of Boise State's I-AA playoff run in both 1980 and 1981 and was named All-Big Sky and Honorable Mention All-America both seasons. He also earned academic all-Big Sky honors his last two seasons.

Dennis currently lives in Texas. He works as an FBI and Government agent.

Scott Brinegar, Tight End (#84)

Scott attented Whittier High School in California. He was an excellent blocker and could catch the ball in a crowd.

For over twenty years Scott has been a Southern California-based freelance photographer. He handles a wide range of assignments ranging from directing a complex studio steup to capturing a moment in the field with 35 mm.

Scott is a key member of the photography team at Walt Disney Company, working with them since 1985. Brinegar helps to "capture the magic" for publicity and advertising.

He is affiliated with the Honda Center, home to the NHL's Anaheim Ducks and host to international concert stars. Scott also provides photography to The Television Food Network, working on shows such as "Next Iron Chef" and "Next Food Network Star".

Glen Brooks, Defensive Back

Glenn was a letterman in football and track at Long Beach Polytechnic.

Dan Brown, Inside Linebacker (#59)

Dan played at Norco (Calif.) High School, where he earned all-league, all-county and All-CIF honors as a linebacker. He transferred to Boise State from Mt. San Jacinto Community College, where he was an all-conference linebacker. He had a good nose for the football and was a good student of the game.

Brown was a big part of Boise State's success in 1979 and 1980. In '79, he made 42 tackles with two interceptions and a pass deflection. The following season, Brown was credited with 82 tackles, 4 behind the line, with 3 pass deflections and 2 interceptions. Brown became a well respected coach prior to passing away last year at the age of 50.

Prior to coming to Fresno State in 1997 as linebackers coach on Pat Hill's first staff, Brown was an assistant at Boise State. He then coached with Memphis of the USFL for two seasons and one year in the Canadian Football League. Dan then became the defensive coordinator at Portland State and New Mexico.

Brown served on Coach Hill's staff at Fresno State, the last seven as defensive coordinator. Brown battled brain cancer in his last two years, yet coached in 2008 and 2009 through medical treatments and intense pain.

"We lost a great friend and a great family man," said Hill. "Danny had been with me from the start. He had amazing faith through the sickness and it's so sad to see someone go generous and giving have to suffer so much. But he never once complained. He was an inspiration to anyone who ever had the privilege to meet him."

Brown and his wife, Mindy, had six children: Korissa, Tara, Larry, Eric, Travis, and Jordan, and two grandchildren.

Eric was a linebacker for Fresno State and Travis, one of the nation's top high school linebackers, is now a sophomore at Fresno State this fall.

Under Brown, Fresno State was the Western Athletic Conference's top defense in two of his past five seasons, leading the conference in scoring and total defense. Brown helped the Bulldogs reach a bowl game in nine of 10 seasons. Dan coached three WAC Defensive Players of the Year: Alan Harper in 2001, Garrett McIntyre in 2005 and Marcus Riley in 2007. Fresno State was #8 in the nation in scoring defense in 2005 (14.8 points per game). That year, Fresno State held Boise State to seven points, fewest by the Broncos in nearly 20 years.

In 2004, Brown's defense led the WAC in scoring defense (21.1 ppg), pass defense (174.8 ypg), turnover margin (+7), total defense (339.2 ypg) and ranked third in the NCAA in pass efficiency defense (99.1 rating).

Among the many individuals who were touched by Brown, include several players who went on to play in the National Football League. Some of the notable Bulldogs who Brown developed were accomplished players, either earning first-team All-WAC honors or played professionally: James Sanders, Marcus McCauley, Cory Hall, Tyrone Culver, Richard Marshall, Orlando Huff, Vernon Fox, Cameron Worrell, Sam Williams, Therrian Fontenot, Nick Burley, Louis Leonard, Jason Shirley, Tyler Clutts, Tim Skipper, Bryce McGill, Lawrence Deck, Tierre Sams, Damon Jenkins, Steve Muhammed, A.J. Gass and Jason Stewart. Brown, an avid golfer, was responsible for putting on the annual Fresno State Quarterback Club Golf Tournament, which raised funds for the department. That tournament will be named in Dan's honor beginning this summer according to Hill.

"Dan's passing is a tremendous loss for both our football program and the entire department of athletics" said Thomas Boeh, Director of Athletics. "Dan was a wonderful friend, coach and mentor who served as an inspiration to his student-athletes and colleagues alike. Over the years, he positively touched the lives of countless individuals that, today, are much better off having known him."

"Throughout these past several months," Boeh continued, "even as he battled cancer, Dan continued to epitomize the characteristics of selflessness, leadership, courage and dignity. He will be greatly missed by all of us associated with Fresno State Athletics and our deepest sympathies are with his family."

Kenrick Camerud, Kicker (#10)

Kenrick is a native of the West Indies and played at Pocatello High School, where he won the state championship in the 400 meters. Camerud was 8-13 on field goals and hit 41-of-43 extra points in 1979 to finish with 65 points, earning honorable mention on the Freshman All-America team.

Kenrick hit 7-15 field goals in 1980. In his senior season, Camerud was 15-24 on field goals and hit 30-of-34 extra points to lead the Broncos in scoring with 75 points. In his three-year career, he had 30 field goals, 98 extra points and 188 points. Kenrick is still tied for 13th all-time in the Bronco record books with 188 points. Camerud is tied for third all-time with four field goals in a game, which he achieved against Weber State in the 1981 game. In addition, he was one of Boise State's top point scorers in track and field. He finished second at the 1980 Big Sky meet in the 400 meters (47.36) and finished fifth in the long jump (23-11).

Kenrick resides in the New York/New Jersey area.

Jeff Caves, Nose Guard (#66)

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Jeff was a high school All-American at Camarillo High School. Caves played football at BSU from 1980-83 graduating in 1985 with a degree in Communications. He was an immediate contributor on the defensive line as a true freshman. He had good speed and quickness to the ball and tremendous upper body strength. He was adept at pass rushing and was a strong defender against the run. Jeff was credited with 17 tackles, 2 behind the line in Boise State's National Championship season. Caves earned the team's Player of the Week honors vs. Rhode Island in 1981. He made 18 tackles, one for loss, with an interception and two pass deflections that season. In 1982, Jeff recorded 27 tackles, 2 for loss, with a forced fumble and the recovery and 2 pass deflections. Caves returned an interception against Montana State 75 yards for a touchdown as a senior.

Jeff sells radio advertising for KBOI and KTIK. But he is best known for his KTIK show "Idaho Sports Talk". KTRV Fox 12 Sports and Special Projects Coordinator Larry Polowski approached Jeff with the idea of a Sports Talk show. It has aired continuously since January 7, 1985 on KTIK. Jeff also co-hosts GameDay and GameNight on KBOI before and after BSU football games.

Jeff's family includes his wife and best friend Lacie, sons Taylor and Tyson and daughter Jessica.

Ron Chatterton, Outside Linebacker (#48)

Ron was all-State in football and was a state champion in both hurdle events in track at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls. He set a state record in the high hurdles. He was a big-play man with excellent quickness and acceleration. In 1979, Chatterton had 73 tackles, 29 unassisted. He had 7 tackles behind the line, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, an interception and a pass deflection.

Chatterton had a great season in 1980 with 55 tackles, 6 behind the line. He added a forced fumble and the recovery, an interception and two pass deflections. It was Chatterton who brought down Mike Williams of Grambling to preserve the Bronco win in the I-AA semifinals.

Ron currently lives in Seattle and works for a box manufacturer.

Darren Corpus, Fullback (#35)

Darren was a two-time All-State and All-SIC performer and high school All-American as a senior at Boise's Borah High School. He was a powerful runner and solid blocker with 4.69 speed in the 40. Corpus carried the ball 18 times for 66 yards (3.7 average) and scored a touchdown in 1981. He had 11 carries for 22 yards and a touchdown and caught a pass for 2 yards in 1982. Darren still lives in the Boise area. He teaches physical education and coaches at West Junior High School.

Duane Dlouhy, Tight End (#90)

Duane was all-State in both football and basketball and was a high school All-American in football. He was an excellent blocker with good feet and good hands. Dlouhy caught 15 passes in 1979 for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns. His catch with 13 seconds remaining enabled Boise State to capture the I-AA National Championship. In his senior season, Dlouhy was tied for second on the Broncos with 26 catches for 334 yards and two scores. Duane was named Honorable Mention All-America in 1981. Dlouhy signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins of the NFL. The next season, he joined Boise State's staff as the tight ends coach.

Duane has been with Pita Pit, Inc. since early 2007 serving as Director of Construction at the corporate office in Coeur D'Alene. Prior to that, he was in the automotive industry, functioning in leadership roles for Hertz Car Sales for fifteen years.

Duane's son Dustin ended his Montana career ranked in the Top 10 on the school's career lists for tackles for loss (24.5) and sacks (17).

Chris Doyle, Linebacker (#91)

Chris was an all-State football player and third-place finisher in wrestling at Caldwell High School. He also lettered in golf for the Cougars.

Ralph Esposito, Linebacker (#57)

Ralph was a star at St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, California and earned all-league honors at Long Beach City College. He was a hard worker with excellent quickness. Esposito was a big-hitter for the Broncos during his career. He had 63 tackles, 9 for loss, with a forced fumble and a recovery in 1979. Esposito earned All-Big Sky and was an Honorable Mention All-American in 1979. In 1980, Ralph had 57 tackles, 4 for loss, an interception that he returned for 24 yards and a pass deflection.

Esposito became a Plant Manager.

John Gasser, Guard (#62)

John was all-SIC at Pocatello High School. He was constantly working to make himself better and stronger in the weight room. He made the Dean's List at Boise State.

Gasser is currently District Manager at Solutions-II, an information technology and services firm in the Seattle area. Prior to that, he was Regional Sales Manager at Legato Systems, Sales Representative at Attachmate and Manager at Delta Airlines.

LeRoy Graham, Offensive Tackle (#79)

LeRoy was all-league at Vacaville High School in California. Graham was team captain and all-league at Solano JC. He had outstanding strength and was a hard worker. After leaving Boise State, Graham became a police officer.

Jeff Greenough, Offensive Tackle (#78)

Jeff was all-conference, all-county, all-Southern California and all-State at Laguna Beach High School, where he also lettered in basketball and track. He was a football and track lettermen at Saddleback JC. Greenough became a senior account executive.

Ron Harvey, Wide Receiver (#1)

Ron was an All-American player at Skyline High School in Oakland, where he also lettered in basketball and track. Harvey caught 2 passes for 24 yards in 1979. In 1980, he had 1 catch for 21 yards. As a junior, Ron grabbed 26 passes (second on the team) for 334 yards and a touchdown. He also was a star on the Boise State track team, clearing 6-10 in the high jump.

Ron lives in Danville, California and repairs medical equipment.

Curt Hecker, Inside Linebacker (#44)

Curt rushed for 1,365 yards in his senior season and earned all-Superior Northern California at Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp, California. He also lettered in wrestling and track. Hecker had good size (6-03, 210) and was an aggressive, hard-hitter. Hecker had 15 tackles on the National Championship team. He led the Broncos with 139 tackles in 1981, 43 of them unassisted and 7 for loss. He also recovered two fumbles, had an interception and added two pass deflections. Curt was chosen as an Honorable Mention All-Big Sky in his junior year.

He graduated from Boise State with a degree in business management before graduating from the Pacific Coast Bankers' School at the University of Washington.

Hecker is currently president and CEO of Panhandle State Bank. Decades after playing football as an inside linebacker for Boise State University (BSU), he still has the look of someone who could – figuratively or literally – knock you on your butt if you got between him and the goal line.

"I've never worked this hard in my life," Curt Hecker says from a swivel chair at the head of a long wooden table in the third-floor boardroom of the Panhandle Bank building.

Hecker began his career at West One Bank in 1984 before joining Panhandle as its president in 1995, a time when its branches were limited to Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry. Publicly traded as IMCB and headquartered in Sandpoint, it now operates a network of 18 community bank branches in Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

The size of the parent company and his seat on the Coldwater Creek board of directors – a post he has held since 1995 – work together to explain some of Hecker's recent hard work, but a bigger part of the story can be attributed to hard times for the economy as a whole.

Although it remains well capitalized when compared with big banks that seem to monopolize the financial news headlines, IMCB also has struggled of late, reporting a net income of $1.2 million for fiscal 2008, compared with the $9.4 million reported in the prior-year period. As if that weren't enough to keep a CEO up at night, Hecker was contacted last fall by the FDIC, which offered up $27 million in so-called TARP funds as part of a U.S. Treasury program to infuse new capital into the banking system.

After weighing the pros and cons of taking the money, he decided that the federal government was handing him the ball – so he took it. While many of his peers were cutting their operations to the bone and moving to the sidelines, Hecker said he saw a chance to score big for the communities he serves. His description was just one more example of the sports metaphors that pepper his speech as he defines his approach to life and business. "It comes down to an attitude," he says. "To use a football analogy: We're in the game and we've got to play. It takes both offense and defense to win, but in the end, it takes points. The outcome is going to determine whether a play was a good play or not. Operating from a position of absolute strength gives me confidence that I'm prepared and I'm going to win the game."

Hecker added that "A lot of success in my life has come as a result of competitive sports. What I learned is hard work and being able to persevere under adverse situations. You can draw a lot of analogies from sports life to academic life to business life where you face things that are hard to overcome. And there's stress and fear within all of them. How to control yourself and control your thoughts is something that I learned very early on. Fear is a good motivator and it's not necessarily all negative. The stress, when it's under control, is something I find is healthy. It's something I learned in college football."

Hecker, 48, lives in a home along the Pend Oreille River with his wife, Barb, and son Cody, a junior at Sandpoint High School. Their oldest son, Chad, is a junior at Boise State.

Butch Henry, Running Back

Henry was a high school All-American at New Meadows High School. He was the Outstanding Offensive Scout Player as a freshman and made the move to linebacker in 1981. He had 2 tackles in 1982.

Butch became a construction engineer in Longview, Washington. He is now senior construction manager at Pinnell Busch with over 25 years experience. His work at Pinnell Busch includes an estimating system for forecasting decommissioning costs for coal and gas-forced power plants, wind farms and liquefied natural gas facilities. He has worked for both public works agencies and private industry on projects as diverse as refineries, pulp and paper mills, power plants and concrete structures. He has a thorough knowledge of contract negotiations, labor negotiations and labor law, schedule development and management, safety management and mitigation, negotiations, labor negotiations and labor law, schedule development and management, safety management and mitigation, partnering, conflict resolution, quality control and assurance, and property development.

Prior to coming to Pinnell Busch, he worked for several national contractors including J. H. Kelly (Vice President of Operations), Granite Construction Company, and Green Construction Company. At J.H. Kelly, Henry managed multiple projects in 25 states.

Among the projects Butch has overseen are the $118 million low sulfur gasoline project for BP Oil in Blaine, Washington, the $408 million Ferndale (WA) refinery upgrade project, the $200 million carbon fibers project for Conoco-Philips in Ponca City, Oklahoma, a $125 million waste water treatment project for ARCO in Butte, Montana, a $400 million Longview modernization for Weyerhaeuser, a $250 million paper machine project for Kimberly-Clark in Jenks, Oklahoma, a $110 million board plant for U.S. Gypsum in Rainer, Oregon, a $500 million advanced silicon materials project in Butte and a $210 million Battle Mountain gold project in Cheesa, Washington.

Henry has also monitored construction projects and served as a consultant to Twin City Bank of Longview, provided loss mitigation and insurance damage claims consulting for large real property losses, provided business set-up and continuous improvement consulting, estimated and managed civil construction projects for federal agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation and managed numerous highway projects throughout the United States, including the $500 million work on Interstate 64 in Southern West Virginia and a $78 million construction project on Mt. St. Helens Dam)

Joel Hermann, Offensive Tackle (#63)

Joel lettered in both football and basketball at Valley High School in Eden, Idaho. He was named Outstanding Scout Player in 1978. Hermann became a rancher.

Mike Holly, Linebacker (#53)

Mike played at Dixon High School in California and for two seasons at Hartnell Junior College. He played in the early part of 1979 but suffered a knee injury against Montana State that sidelined him for the remainder of the year. He was credited with eight tackles that season. Mike moved to Dixon, California and began work in petroleum sales.

David Hughes, Fullback (#33)

David was the Player of the Year in Hawai'i at Kamehameha High School in Honolulu. He also lettered in basketball and track. He was an outstanding blocker and pass receiver and the best blocking fullback by far in Boise State history. He had 55 carries for 258 yards (4.7 avg.) and a touchdown and caught 4 passes as a freshman in 1977. The following season, David had 495 yards and 7 touchdowns on 113 carries (4.4 avg.) on the ground and had 21 catches for 229 yards and 2 touchdowns. In 1979, Hughes had an incredible 6.1 yards-per-carry average (575 yards on 94 carries) and 2 touchdowns on the ground and 30 catches for 307 yards and 3 more scores. Hughes had 498 yards and 2 TD's on 90 carries (5.5 avg.) in 1980. He also completed a pass for 13 yards.

Hughes earned all-Big Sky honors in 1978 and second-team as a sophomore. He was an honorable mention All-American in1978. David was selected to play in the 1980 East-West Shrine All-Star game. He was elected to the Boise State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.

David was chosen as the 31st player in the 1981 NFL Draft (2nd Round) by the Seattle Seahawks. Hughes made an immediate impact, starting at fullback for Seattle in 1981. Hughes at one point was one of the top 10 receivers in the American Football Conference out of the backfield. He finished with 35 catches for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns and also carried the ball 47 times for 135 yards.

In 1983, David carried 30 times for 106 yards (3.5 average) and caught 11 passes for 98 yards and a score. The following season, Hughes carried 83 times for 313 yards (3.8 avg.) and a TD and caught 10 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. In 1984, Hughes enjoyed his best season with 94 carries for 327 yards (3.5 avg.) and a touchdown and had 22 receptions for 121 yards and a score. Hughes had 128 yards on 40 carries in 1985 with 19 catches for another 184 yards.

In 1986, David was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers where he played one season. David had 14 carries for 32 yards and 10 catches for 98 yards for Pittsburgh.

After a knee injury cut short his NFL career, David became active in religious ministry, and in 1994 moved to Eagle, Idaho, to continue with that as well as serve as running-backs coach for Eagle High School, which won a state Class A Division II title in 1998.

The Hughes family came back to the Seattle area in 1999, and lives in Redmond. Hughes oversees missions and evangelism at Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, and helps coach the sophomore and junior varsity at Eastlake High School.

Jake Jacoby, Wide Receiver (#82)

Jake was all-SIC and all-State on Borah High School's state championship team. He was a two-time state high jump champion, nationally-ranked at 7'0". Jacoby also won the state high hurdles championship and was a basketball letterman as well. His father was Coach Ed Jacoby of the Bronco track team.

Jake had outstanding athletic ability, was an incredible leaper and could get yards after the catch. Jacoby was not only a wide receiver for Boise State's National Championship football team but also the school's first national champion in track and field, winning the NCAA high jump title in 1984 as well as earning All-American honors all four years he competed. His incredible leap of 7 feet, 6 inches in 1984 is still the Bronco outdoor record. He is an eight-time Big Sky Conference champion winning the high jump title seven times. Jacoby's name is also etched in the Big Sky Conference record books. In 1983, Jacoby ran a time of 7.14 in the 55-meter hurdles, which continues to be the all-time mark in the league. Along with being successful at the collegiate level in the high jump, Jacoby did the same at the international level for several years. Jacoby participated in three U.S. Olympic Trials finishing sixth twice (1984 and 1988) and ninth in 1992. He was a member of the U.S. team in 1989 placing seventh at the World Championships with a jump of 7-5.75. In 1987 he was an alternate on the United States team to the World Championships. His all-time indoor high jump mark is 7-7.25 (2.32m), while his personal best outdoors is 7-7 (2.31m).

Jake now has 26 years experience as a player and coach in track and field. Jacoby is in his third season as the jumps coach for the University of Louisville track and field program. Jacoby, who oversees the U of L jumpers, arrived in Louisville after serving four seasons as an assistant with the Boise State track and field program.

During his tenure in the coaching ranks, he has coached two NCAA champions, 10 NCAA All-Americans, 15 NCAA event qualifiers, 22 NCAA regional qualifiers, 13 individual Big East champions, 12 individual WAC champions, 10 Louisville school record holders and four Boise State record holders.

In 2007, Jacoby coached the duo of Andre Black and Tone Belt to the NCAA indoor triple and long jump titles, the program's first ever NCAA event champions. Black and Belt led the Cards to a 10th-place finish in the nation indoors, while adding runner-up finishes in those same events outdoors to lead the men to a school-record seventh-place finish in the nation. The duo also combined to win three conference titles at the Big East Outdoor Championships as U of L won its first ever conference team title. Jacoby closed the season by being named National Men's Jumps Coach of the Year by the US Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.

In his first season in 2006, Jacoby was very instrumental in the development of Belt, who won the silver medal in the long jump at the World Junior Championships, as well as the significant improvement in the performance of 2006 NCAA All-American Kelley Bowman. Prior to arriving at Louisville, Jacoby was a major part of Boise State's 2004 conference title and also coached 2004 Bahamian National Champion (triple jump) Kenny Johnson.

Prior to joining the Bronco coaching staff, Jacoby was an assistant track and field coach at Eagle High School in Idaho where his jumpers won three state titles.

Kevrette Johnson, Defensive Back (#22)

Kevrette was a star at Gardena High School in California. Johnson spent his first two seasons backing up All-American Rick Woods at strong safety. He gained valuable experience and moved into the starting role after Woods went to the NFL. Kevrette was big, strong and quick. In 1980, he had 16 tackles, 1 for loss, while he recorded 28 tackles, 1 for loss, with a fumble recovery, 2 pass interceptions that he returned for 79 yards, 3 pass deflections and a blocked kick in 1981. He also had a punt return for 17 yards and 2 kickoff returns for 16 yards. In 1982, Kevrette had 39 tackles, 1 for loss, with a fumble recovery, an interception and 2 pass deflections. He also returned 4 punts for 55 yards.

Kevrette lives in Southern California and operates a car service for the stars.

Greg Jones, Defensive Tackle (#88)

Greg was an All-League player in both football and basketball and also lettered in tennis and was the sports editor for the school newspaper at Mills High School in Millbrae, California. He was aggressive and quick. While at Boise State, Jones carried a 3.0 GPA.

Robin Juker, Tight End (#86)

Robin was A-2 Player of the Year on both offense and defense on the state championship football team and was second-team all-State in basketball at Buhl High School. Robin went back to Buhl to become a rancher.

John Kilgo, Offensive Tackle (#76)

Kilgo walked on from the Mountain Home High School program in 1980. John earned letters in football, wrestling and track in high school. John played from 1980 to 1984 for head coach Jim Criner and head coach Lyle Setencich. John was a three-year starter and delivered punishing hits from his guard position. Kilgo benched 450 pounds. He was an All-Big Sky performer in his senior season and earned Honorable Mention All-America honors as a junior. He then pursued an opportunity in the NFL with the Denver Broncos.

After earning his degree in Business in 1986, Kilgo has gone on to a very successful business career. Currently, he is working for Covidien Healthcare where he started as a regional account representative and worked his way up to regional manager responsible for California, Hawaii, and Colorado with the responsibility for nine sales representatives.

He remains a solid Boise State supporter and lends a hand with the fall Varsity B alumni BBQ. He also helps mentor some of Boise State's graduating student-athletes who are just getting started in the business world.

Tim Klena, Quarterback (#15)

Tim graduated in the top of his class at West Covina High School and was an all-League selection in football, basketball and baseball. He was the Sierra League's Most Valuable Player and an all-CIF selection as well. Tim was a two-year, three sport letterman at Boise State. Klena played quarterback for Boise State's football team and threw the javelin in track. He was a member of the National Championship team of 1980, and was Academic/All Big Sky for two years. Tim held the school record in the javelin (225'5") until 2002.

Klena came in for the injured Kenrick Camerud and booted two extra points in 1980. Klena passed for 1,199 yards in 1981 in leading Boise State to its second consecutive Division I-AA playoff berth. He piloted the Broncos to three wins in the first four games before injuring his thumb when his hand hit the helmet of another player. He spent the next five weeks with a cast on his throwing hand while the thumb healed. Klena returned to the starting lineup with a win over Cal Poly-SLO and led Boise State to a win over Idaho.

Klena and the Broncos traveled to Jackson Mississippi for the opening round game of the I-AA playoffs. Despite the pain, Klena had a tremendous game to lead the Broncos to a 19-7 win. The Broncos hosted Eastern Kentucky the following weekend in a rematch of the 1980 national championship game. This time, the Colonels prevailed with a 23-17 win. Tim was 89-161 (55.27%) for 1,199 yards and five touchdowns against 8 interceptions on the year. He also scored a touchdown on the ground. In 1982, Klena hit 64-111 passes for 816 yards and 7 touchdowns against 4 interceptions.

Klena graduated from Boise State with a Bachelors of Science degree. He got his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Western States Chiropractic College in 1988 and has owned a practice in Boise since 1989. Dr. Klena is certified to do Impairment Ratings and Disability Evaluations in the state of Idaho. He earned his Diplomate status in chiropractic orthopedics in 1998. Tim finished his studies in Integrated Health Services in 2002. He continues to perform local school physicals for North Junior High, Hillside Junior High, and Riverglen Junior High School. Dr. Klena was elected in 1991 and 1992 to serve as Idaho's District II representative. He was later elected to serve as Vice President for the Idaho Association of Chiropractic Physicians, and finished a two-year term as President in 1996. He later served as President again in 2003-2004. He was also voted Chiropractor of the Year in 2004 by the association.

Dr. Klena was chosen to represent Chiropractic for the collegiate athletes of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Boise in 1994. He has also helped athletes of the Nike Golf Tour, Boise Hawks baseball team, and Boise State Football, basketball, track and field, as well as others. He lectured for the Nation's Elite High Jumpers Conference held in Boise in 1996. He was team chiropractor for the Idaho Steelheads hockey team of the ECHL from 1997-2007. He served as the official chiropractor for the Humanitarian Bowls from 1996-2000.

Dr. Klena is proficient in the following techniques of Chiropractic: Diversified, Pettibon, Leander traction, Gonstead, Activator, Pierce cervical drop, Logan basic, toggle recoil, and Palmer. He is also trained in sports injury treatment, customized foot orthotics, whiplash rehabilitation, and spinal disc recovery. His three year post-graduate training in orthopedics help him treat chronic and difficult cases. His love for Chiropractic is contagious and his commitment toward his patients is genuinely apparent. Dr. Klena gets results!


Wife, Linda; Sons, Nicholas and Christian

Nick Klistoff, Strong Safety (#39)

Nick lettered in football, basketball and baseball at John Glenn High School in LaMirada, California. He lettered in football and basketball at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. He was a good all-around athlete and a good hitter.

He moved to Kent, Washington and was a trucking supervisor. Nick passed away, one of two National Championship Broncos who are deceased.

Lance LaShelle, Flanker (#11)

Lance was a football and tennis letterman at Boise's Capital High School. He had good moves and hands and made great sideline catches at Boise State. He had 8 catches for 136 yards (17.0 avg.) and 2 touchdowns in 1977 and 7 receptions for 95 yards in 1978. He sat out as a junior.

LaShelle moved to Bellevue, Washington and was Vice President of a financial services firm.

Dan LeBeau, Outside Linebacker (#32)

Dan was all-league, all-Northern Cal and all-Superior California in football and a basketball and track letterman at Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, California. He was a hard worker with good size (6-2, 225) and range. LeBeau was a big piece of the puzzle when Criner assembled his team in 1978. He came to Boise State as a fullback from Sacramento but was converted to outside linebacker, where he helped Boise State to four highly successful seasons from 1978 to 1981. As a fullback, Dan had 7 carries for 22 yards and 2 touchdowns and 2 receptions for 23 yards in his freshman season. He had 22 tackles, 2 behind the line, in 1979. LeBeau had 28 tackles, 1 for a loss, and an interception that he returned for 16 yards in 1980. LeBeau had a great season in 1981 with 82 tackles, 25 unassisted and 3 for loss. He also recovered a fumble and had a pass deflection.

Dan earned his degree in accounting from Boise State and pursued a Masters in Accounting at BYU. He returned to Boise to start his own CPA firm in 1989 (LeBeau & Associates) which he still operates with offices in Boise and Cascade. He married his high school sweetheart 30 years ago and they now have three children and six grandchildren.

He is still a huge Bronco supporter—its his Harley you see in the Valley completely decked out with Boise State decals. He flies his own airplane to many of the Bronco road games.

Larry Lewis, Outside Linebacker (#52)

Larry was all-state in football and lettered in wrestling and baseball at Vale High School. He had excellent speed and quickness with good technique and leadership abilities. He had 31 tackles as a freshman with a fumble recovery. In 1978, Lewis had 69 tackles, 1 for loss, with 2 forced fumbles, 3 recoveries and a pass deflection. The following season, Larry was injured and required knee surgery. At the time of the injury, he had 16 tackles, 5 for loss, with a pass deflection. Lewis moved into the starting lineup after an injury to Dan Williams in 1980. Larry had 47 tackles, 6 behind the line in 1980.

After leaving Boise State, Lewis has had a successful coaching career. Lewis is currently in his third year as special teams coordinator and safeties coach at Colorado State. He helped the Rams win the 2008 New Mexico Bowl with an exciting 40-35 win over Fresno State.

Lewis was the head coach at Idaho State from 1999-2006, guiding the Bengals to a share of the 2002 Big Sky title and the only pair of consecutive eight-win seasons in school history in 2002 and 2003. From 2001-2004, Idaho State was nationally-ranked in 22 of 23 polls. Lewis's Bengal teams produced 13 I-AA All-Americans, 127 all-conference players and 41 academic all-conference honors.

Prior to joining Idaho State, Lewis coached outside linebackers and the defensive line and was recruiting coordinator at Weber State from 1981-1988. He helped the Wildcats reach the I-AA quarterfinal in 1987. Lewis then went to Washington State from 1989-1998, where he coached defensive ends before becoming assistant head coach. Lewis helped the Cougars reach their first Rose Bowl in 67 years in 1997, where they battled eventual national champion Michigan before falling 21-16. Lewis also led WSU to a 31-28 Copper Bowl win over Utah in 1992 and the Alama Bowl championship in 1994 with a 10-3 victory over Baylor.

Lewis coached Idaho State defensive end Jared Allen, an All-Pro with the Kansas City Chiefs and winner of the 2003 Buck Buchanan Award as the nation's top I-AA defensive player. Allen is now with the Minnesota Vikings.

Lewis also coached quarterback Matt Gutierrez, currently with the New England Patriots, defensive end Jeff Charleston, a member of the New Orleans Saints, and linebacker Pago Togafau, a rookie in 2007 with the Philadelphia Eagles and now with the Arizona Cardinals.

Dan Lukehart, Nose Guard (#56)

Dan was an all-league performer and team captain at Naches High School in Washington. He redshirted in 1978 after playing at Washington State. Lukehart had 23 tackles in 1979, 2 for loss. In 1980, Lukehart had 71 tackles, 3 for loss, with 3 forced fumbles and a pass deflection.

Today, Dan lives in the Boise area as a real estate agent.

Bill Madinger, Offensive Tackle (#67)

Bill was all-league at Rubidoux High School in Mira Loma, California. And was the Offensive Most Valuable Player at Mt. Jan Jacinto Junior College. Bill still lives in the Boise area and is the Manager of Hayden Beverage.

Bob Madinger, Defensive Tackle (#92)

Bob was all-league and all-county at Rubidoux and also lettered twice in wrestling. Bob became the Manager of Safety Clean in Mira Loma, California.

Matt Manning, Linebacker (#64)

Matt was all-city at defensive end and also lettered in track at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane. After leaving Boise State, Matt moved back to his native Spokane to become an insurance agent.

Tyrone McCall, Defensive Back (#2)

Tyrone gained 1,360 yards in 10 games at Gailileo High School in San Francisco to break O.J. Simpson's single-season school record. He was a 9.8 sprinter in the 100 who also lettered in basketball and track. Tyrone moved back to San Francisco after leaving Boise State.

Kevin McDonald, Quarterback (#7)

Kevin lettered in both football and baseball at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls. He had a good knowledge of the game and was a good leader. McDonald saw limited duty as a backup quarterback for Boise State. In 1976, he completed 4-of-10 passes for 73 yards. After redshirting in 1977, he completed 20-of-52 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns in 1978. Kevin was 14-of-32 for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns in his junior season. McDonald was the backup to Joe Aliotti on the National Championship team. He completed 9-of-26 passes for 98 yards and 1 touchdown in 1980.

Kevin graduated from Boise State with a marketing degree in 1981. He currently is the executive director of the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl. Prior to that, Kevin ran a real estate and financial investment business, specializing in residential real estate development and stock portfoloios. McDonald worked in the television industry for 17 years. He was General Sales Manager with Fisher Broadcasting for the CBS television affiliate in Boise and Idaho Falls. Kevin also held positions as account executive and local sales manager.

Kevin has been married for eighteen years to his wife Debbie and has four children and one grandson.

Kim Metcalf, Wide Receiver, (#6)

Metcalf came to Boise State from Grant High School in Sacramento as a highly-recruited receiver. He was an all-state football and basketball player at Grant. Grant is the same school that gave the Broncos John "Super Needle" Smith and Lester McNealy. He had great hands and leaping ability. Kim played for Boise State from 1980-1984, making amazing, acrobatic catches for big gains. He had 3 receptions for 48 yards in 1981. Metcalf became a big part of the Bronco offense in 1982 with 49 receptions for 733 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was named Honorable Mention All-America in 1982. The following season, Kim had 25 catches for 407 yards (16.3 avg.) and a touchdown.

Kim earned his degree in Business Management. He went into the financial sector, working for various banks where he held senior positions with key Bank, Zions Bank and Washington Trust.

Kim recently accepted a senior account manager sales position with Tyco Healthcare which is a leading manufacturer, distributor and service provider of medical devices worldwide. Kim is responsible for the Eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and Montana territory which have grown by over 50% since he has taken over. He currently lives in Idaho Falls.

Kim is also very involved with the Lions club, and coaches many different youth sports teams. He is also on the board of the Boise State alumni association.

Kim is married to the former Myra Myers and has three children.

Dan Miller, Offensive Tackle (#77)

Dan was all-county in football and a volleyball player at Buena High School in Ventura, California. He was smart and quick and a hard worker. Currently, Miller serves in Law Enforcement for Ventura County in California.

Cedric Minter, Running Back (#20)

Minter was born in South Carolina but moved to the Boise Valley when his father transferred to Mountain Home Air Force Base. The family soon located in Boise where Cedric played at Borah High School. Minter was a star at Borah in football, basketball and track. He was super-fast and had an uncanny ability to find a crack in the defense and hit daylight. Cedric was highly recruited as a senior until midway through the season when he injured his right shoulder. Minter recalls his recruiting experience: "I played one game my senior year .I injured my right shoulder on the first play of the game. Many colleges/universities said "see ya later" after that. Boise State, University of Oregon, and University of Kansas offered me a full ride, but Boise State was the only school who would let me try out for running back. So I decided to stay home and go to Boise State."

In his freshman season, he shared time with Terry Zahner in the Bronco backfield, gaining 877 yards and scoring 8 touchdowns on 152 carries (5.8 avg.). In 1978, Minter set a school record with 1,526 yards rushing and scored 9 touchdowns (on 258 carries for a 5.9 avg.). The following year, Minter gained 1,012 yards and scored 9 times on 172 carries (5.9 avg.). Cedric was already the top rusher in the history of the Big Sky Conference after his junior season. In 1980, he gained 1,060 yards to finish his career with 4,475 yards. Minter ranked as the #13 running back in NCAA history when he left Boise State. Minter was named All-Big Sky Conference in 1978, 1979 and 1980. He was Third-Team All-America in 1978, Honorable Mention in 1979 and Second-Team All-America in 1980.

Minter continues to hold numerous school records. He holds the Boise State records for most rushing yards in a game (261 vs. Northern Michigan in 1978), most career rushing yards (4,475), most rushes in a game (38 vs. San Jose State in1978), most games over 100 yards rushing (20) and most games over 200 yards rushing (4). Minter's 1978 season of 1,526 rushing yards still ranks third, his 1980 total of 1,060 is 11th and his 1979 total of 1,012 is 15th. Minter is also 2nd in career all-purpose yardage with 5,316, 3rd with an amazing 5.95 yards-per-carry average in his four-year career, 3rd with 37 career rushing touchdowns, 3rd with 43 career touchdowns and 6th in career points with 258.

Minter was chosen to play in the East/West Shrine college all-star game.

Cedric went on to an outstanding career with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. He caught what Argonauts' fans to this day call the most important touchdown in team history. Cedric hoped to play in the NFL but many questioned whether the 175-pound back was big enough to survive in the professional ranks. So when Toronto Head Coach Willie Wood came to Boise to talk to him, Minter signed.

Minter had an amazing training camp and headed into the fall as the starting running back. Minter's touchdown with 14 seconds remaining helped the Argonauts defeat Calgary in his rookie season. Cedric finished the season with 815 rushing yards and was awarded the Frank M. Gibson Trophy as the best rookie in the Eastern Conference.

In his second season, Minter was used more as a receiver out of the backfield, catching 61 passes for 5 touchdowns. He also gained 563 yards on the ground. He was a key part of a new offense called the "Run and Shoot" and was named to the CFL All-Star team in 1981.

Minter carried 107 times for 599 yards in 1983 and also caught 38 passes, once again earning All-Star status. The Argonauts finished in first place with a record of 12-4. However, they trailed Hamilton 36-34 in the Eastern Conference final. Up until that point in the game, Minter had been brilliant with 10 receptions and 23 yards rushing for 1 touchdown. He first got his team a first down at the two-year line. Then, Minter took the hand-off and exploded into the end zone with 27 seconds left. The Argonauts had reached the Grey Cup.

In the CFL Championship with the game on the line, Minter lined up behind the wide receiver and broke to his left on the snap of the ball. He broke free and snared a pass from quarterback Joe Barnes to win the Grey Cup for his team.

After seeing this, the New York Jets of the NFL offered Cedric a contract. He spent the next two seasons returning punts (6 punt returns for 69 yards, 11.5 avg.) and kickoffs (11 kickoff returns for 238 yards (21.6 avg.) and being used as a third-down back (he ran for 159 yards and caught 11 passes). So Minter returned to Toronto for 4 games in 1986, where he gained 170 yards on 40 carries and caught 9 passes.

Minter's football career would definitely qualify as being highly successful but he did not stop there. He went back to Boise State and completed his degree in 1985, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary and Special Education K-12. In 1988, Cedric began a career in public education. He was a resource room teacher from 1988-1995 at Middleton Middle School, Capital High School and Nyssa Middle School. During this time, Cedric worked on his Master's Degree, which he completed in 1995. Upon receiving his Master's, Minter was named Assistant Principal of Nyssa. In 1998, he became principal of Nyssa for four years. In 2001 and 2002, he was Intern Assistant Principal at Riverside Elementary in Boise. In 2002, Cedric became Assistant Principal at Hillside Junior High School and in 2004, he served in the same position at Mountain Cove High School, where he worked until receiving the job at Frank Church in 2008.

Scott Newmann, Flanker (#85)

Newmann was an Honorable Mention JC All-American at College of the Siskious before coming to Boise. Scott had great hands and the ability to get open. He had 15 receptions for 194 yards and 6 touchdowns in 1979.

Currently, Scott is the President/Owner at Facility Inspection Services, a Management Consulting firm in San Diego. He founded the firm to help school districts comply with a new requirement. Prior to that, he was General Manager at Laron, Inc., General Manager at Konica Minolta and Operations Manager at Qualex/Kodak.

Tony Plott, Outside Linebacker (#49)

Plott walked on to the Boise State team from Highland High School in Pocatello. He played outside linebacker for the Broncos from 1980-1983 before finishing his degree at Idaho State in 1984 and 1985. He exhibited good range, and had good speed and intelligence. Plott was credited with 4 tackles, 1 for loss, in 1980. He had 23 tackles in 1982, 3 for loss, with a pass deflection.

Tony and his two brothers ventured to Nashville to seek fame and fortune in country music. After that foyer into the entertainment field, he got into law enforcement, following his father who was an Idaho State trooper. He moved back to Idaho in 1987 and joined the Boise Police Department the following year. Since then, Plott has risen through the ranks to his current level of lieutenant. He has worked with horses as a member of the horseback patrol and the bloodhound canine division.

In January of this year, Plott was appointed as the head of the Boise State campus police and security department. He oversees six officers and five civilians and is responsible for campus security, threat assessment, education and liaison between the Boise State police department and Boise State University.

Mike Rains, Guard

Mike was named all-Northern California on both offense and defense and lettered in track at Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, California.

Norm Rawlings, Defensive Tackle

Norm was a football and basketball letterman at Clayton Valley High School in Concord, California. Rawlings went into coaching in Benicia, California.

Mike Santellan, Linebacker

Mike played two years at Merced Junior College in California and one year at U.S. International. He transferred to Boise State when U.S. International dropped their football program. Santellan had 9 tackles, 1 for loss, in 1980.

Mike moved to Modesto and was the Vice President of Sales for Panasonic. Currently Mike is the National Sales Director and CEO at California School Equipment.

Ray Santucci, Inside Linebacker (#61)

Ray was all-league and all-county at Clayton Valley High School in Concord, California. He had good size (6-2, 230) and a nose for the football. Santucci had 30 tackles, a forced fumble and a pass deflection as a freshman. He started as a sophomore and led the Broncos with what then was a school-record 141 tackles, including two for loss. In 1980, Santucci had 86 tackles, 1 behind the line, with a forced fumble and the recovery, an interception and 2 pass deflections. Despite being injured his senior year, he had 76 tackles, 2 for loss, with a forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 pass deflections. Ray is still sixth all-time with 333 career tackles.

After his stellar career, Ray moved back to California for 10 years, and 10 years was just too long to be away from Boise. He and his wife Gina and four children quickly set camp up in Eagle, Idaho and started the business that he still operates today: Dentpro. Today, Ray not only has several Dentpro vehicles swarming all around the Treasure Vvalley doing dent repairs on cars and trucks but Santucci just opened a Dentpro Body Shop Collision Center which employs 18 people. When Santucci played football at Boise State, he created all kinds of collisions-now Ray will fix any collision you may have suffered, it has been an amazing transformation…

Ray is very involved with his children's athletics and activities as a coach and chauffeur. In fact, his 15 year-old son Marco is the Gourmet Caterer at the Varsity B tailgates which take place at every home game in front of the Allen Noble Hall of Fame.

Randy Schrader, Center (#55)

Randy was an all-Northern California football player and track letterman at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord, California. Schrader played high school football for Herb Criner, who guided the Diablo Valley College prospect to Boise State to play for Herb's brother Jim Criner. Randy was an all-league player at Diablo Valley both seasons. Schrader started for the Broncos at center in 1979 and 1980 and was named All-Big Sky Conference and Honorable Mention All-America his senior season.

Randy graduated from Boise State with a degree in education and immediately went into teaching and coaching in the Treasure Valley. He completed his Masters in Education requirement and recently completed his Educational Specialist Degree. During his working career, he was the principal at Parma High School, and the last nine years he has been working in the Caldwell School district with the last three years acting as assistant superintendent for the Caldwell District. He is married and has four children.

Bob Skinner, Outside Linebacker (#43)

Bob was an all-State football and basketball player at Grant Union High School in Canyon City, Oregon. He played both at linebacker and on the defensive line at Boise State. Skinner made 36 tackles with a tackle behind the line in 1980. He was credited with 51 tackles in 1981 with four for loss and added an interception and a pass deflection. Skinner was named All-Big Sky in 1982.

Bob graduated from Boise State with a degree in psychology. He attended Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa and Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (APNTS) in the Philippines. In 1990, he received an M.Div. in missiology degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Bob and his wife Colleen are now global missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene in the former Soviet Union. They are living in Kyiv with their three sons, Robby, Michael, and Joshua.

Prior to their current missionary assignment, they served in the Philippines from 1990 to 1994. They were reassigned to the Ukraine District on the Eurasia Region in June 1994. As of July 2005 they were appointed as "Field Strategy Coordinators" for the whole scope of the work of the Church of the Nazarene in the CIS (Confederation of Independent States) or the Former Soviet Union. Specifically, they are responsible for overseeing the planting of new churches, leadership training/ministerial education and the purchasing and building of properties.

Barry Smith, Inside Linebacker (#45)

Barry was all-league in football and a track letterman at Palisades High School in Lose Angeles. He had good quickness and agility and good instincts. Smith had 4 tackles in 1979 and 11 tackles for the Broncos in 1980.

Barry lives in Castaic, California. He is a special agent that travels all over the world training police forces.

Steve Sosnowski, Nose Guard

Steve earned numerous awards at Salinas High School in football, basketball and track, including all-league, all-region and all-Northern California in football. He played two years at UCLA and redshirted in the 1978 season. In 1979, he made an immediate impact with 35 tackles, 8 for loss, with a pass deflection. Sosnowski had 24 tackles, 3 for loss, with a fumble recovery and a pass deflection in 1980, despite being injured most of the year. In addition to his football prowess, Steve threw the discus and shot put for the Bronco track team.

Upon leaving Boise State, Sosnowski signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. Steve then became a high school football coach in Elk Grove, California. Currently, he is the Athletic Director at Capital High School in Boise and also coaches special teams and linebackers. Steve's son, Kyle, is a current member of the Bronco football team. With Scott Criner, Sosnowski produced a DVD called One-Back Attack: A Complete Guide to the One-Back Offense". He has now coached for 20 years.

Tom Spadafore, Punter (#13)

Tom was voted as the outstanding student-athlete at Lincoln High School in Stockton, California, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. Spadafore was a highly-recruited free safety and punter from Delta Junior College. He averaged 38.1 yards a kick in 1979 with his long being 69 yards. Prior to the 1980 season, Spadafore had some work at wide receiver. In 1980, Spadafore averaged 41.9 yards per punt, which still ranks 5th all-time at Boise State. His average of an even 40 yards per punt in his career is 5th all-time. After a stint in the NFL, Spadafore coached for the Broncos under Coach Criner.

After earning his Masters in education from Boise State in 1983, Spadafore went on to a successful eight-year career with Apple Computers. The high-energy-super punter turned his attention to the High-Tech startup business, and got five successful companies off the ground. He is currently working on his sixth start-up and is President and CEO of Vantos, Inc. Tom has two children and lives in the Seattle area.

Mike Starman, Guard

Mike was a star lineman at Borah High School in Boise. He earned all-state in football and was a letterman in wrestling as well.

Harry Stokke, Offensive Guard

Harry was all-East Bay on both offense and defense at San Ramon High School in Danville, California. He started out as a defensive tackle before moving over to the offensive side of the ball prior to 1980. Stokke moved to Alamo, California after leaving Boise State.

Jeff Taylor, Defensive Tackle (#87)

Jeff was all-league and all-Northern California at Pinole Valley High School in Richmond, California. He was a great hitter with good strength and power. In 1976, he had 11 tackles and made 5 stops in 1977. Taylor was a strong force in 1978 with 73 tackles, 8 for loss, with 4 forced fumbles and 2 recoveries. He suffered an injury that forced him to sit out the 1979 season. In 1980, Taylor had 40 tackles, 4 for loss.

Jeff currently resides in Boise.

Pete Tomas, Nose Guard

Pete was an all-state choice in football and a basketball letterman at Farrington High School in Honolulu. He was an all-conference honoree at Merced Junior College. Tomas had a good sense for the football with good speed and strength. He moved back to Honolulu and became a cement-truck driver.

Randy Trautman, Defensive Tackle (#70)

Randy was an all-state football player at Caldwell High School and finished second at state in wrestling. He was quick with outstanding instincts and a motor that wouldn't quit. In 1978, Trautman had 15 tackles. In 1979, he became a huge force on the Bronco defense with 80 tackles, 13 for loss, and a forced fumble and the recovery. Trautman recorded 77 tackles, 33 of them solo and 6 for loss in 1981. He also had a fumble recovery and 2 pass deflections.

Trautman was named the Big Sky Defensive MVP in 1981 and All-American in both 1980 and 1981 by both the Associated Press and Kodak. Randy is still the only member of the College Football Hall of Fame from Boise State.

The former Bronco great was drafted in the ninth round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He played with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL.

Today, Randy lives in the Boise area and owns a handyman business for small repairs.

Jeff Turpin, Cornerback (#22)

Jeff was an all-league football player for two seasons and a letterman in basketball and track at Moscow High School. He had good speed and hitting ability. Turpin had 10 tackles and an interception in 1978. The following season, Jeff was credited with 21 tackles, 1 for loss. He had 39 stops in 1980, 2 of them for loss, with 3 pass deflections and 2 blocked kicks.

Jeff moved to Spokane and became the Manager at Sheraton Hotels.

Paul Unger, Inside Linebacker

Unger played eight-man football at Huntington, Oregon. He moved to Vale his senior year and was recruited to Boise State by Coach Criner. Paul was an all-State selection in his senior year at Vale. He also lettered in basketball and track. Paul had good speed in the 40 (4.7) and he worked hard in the weight room. Unger earned a starting position at inside linebacker and went on to earn three Academic All-Big Sky honors and the Big Sky Scholar Athlete Award of 1983. He had 48 tackles in 1981, 1 for loss, with 2 fumble recoveries and 4 pass deflections.

After graduating with a degree in Business Management, Paul started three separate Tech companies in the Treasure Valley. He led these companies to prominence and is currently the CEO of Conex Med/Pro Systems; a tech company with a mission to reduce health care cost through new technology. He has just finished developing an iPhone App that allows coaches to capture video and audio during practice session and camps. He also serves as a consultant to Intermountain Community Bank.

Jim Valaile, Guard (#74)

Jim was an all-league performer in football and a basketball, wrestling and track letterman at John F. Kennedy High School in Seattle. Valaile was second-team all-state in football and a successful shot putter and discus thrower at Walla Walla JC in Washington.

Jim currently works for the City of Seattle. Prior to that, he was an executive with Jimetti Coroporation.

Art Valero, Guard (#54)

Art was an all-league player on both offense and defense at LaMirada High School. He played JC at Cerritos in Norwalk, California and earned all-conference honors. Valero graduated from Boise State in 1981 with a degree in sociology and psychology.

Valero was recently hired to be assistant offensive line coach for the Seattle Seahawks. He spent the last two years with the St. Louis Rams as assistant head coach and running back coach in 2008 and as assistant offensive line coach last season. He has now coached for 22 seasons.

His linemen helped Steven Jackson become the first running back in Ram history to rush for 1,000 yards in five consecutive seasons (2005-09), breaking Eric Dickerson's record. Jackson rushed for 1,042 yards in 12 games in 2008 and 1,416 yards last season.

Valero coached with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for six seasons (2002-07) and was assistant head coach the last two. He has also coached at Louisville (1998-2001), Utah State (1995-1997), Idaho (1990-1994), New Mexico (1987-1989), Long Beach State (1984-1986), Iowa State (1983) and at Boise State (1981-82) to start his coaching his career. Valero's offensive lines helped the Cardinals rank #1 nationally in total offense in 1998 (559.6 yards per game).

Valero also has held minority coaching fellowships with the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs (1994), Buffalo Bills (1996) and New York Jets (1998).

Since 1985, Valero's offensive lines have been a part of offenses which have ranked in the top 10 nationally in total offense.

Valero is married to the former Terry Lowman. They are the parents of two children, Kimberly (26) and Kyle (24).

Anthony Walthall, Offensive Tackle

Anthony was all-city and all-area at Edison High School in Stockton, California. He was a a big, fast lineman who majored in Communications at Boise State.

Curtis Wardhaugh, Cornerback (#40)

Wardhaugh had two tackles and five pass deflections in 1980. Curtis owns his own business, Medalist Engineering. He was Project Ingineer for IPS in consulting engineering, managed design and engineering process and documentation related to food packaging and similar projects.

Rodney Webster, Running Back (#34)

Rodney led Northern California in rushing while at Salesian High School in Richmond, California. He had great speed, quickness and strength and could both catch the ball in a crowd and get yards after the catch. Playing behind the Four Horsemen, he had 15 carries for 66 yards in 1980. Webster rushed for 1,139 yards on 250 carries in 1981, at the time the second-best single season ever at Boise State. He was third nationally among I-AA running backs. In 1982, Webster ran for 792 yards and 4 scores on 180 carries (4.4 avg.) and also caught 26 passes for 207 yards and another TD. Rodney exploded for 1,037 yards in his senior season. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry and scored 4 touchdowns on the ground. Plus, Webster had 25 receptions for 309 yards and two more scores. Rodney was named All-Big Sky in both 1981 and 1983.

Webster ranks 5th all-time at Boise State with 3,034 rushing yards, 7th all-time with 3,665 yards of all-purpose offense and is 8th with 20 career rushing touchdowns.

Rodney lives in Richmond, California and is a coach and school counselor at the junior college level.

Steve Wedekind, Defensive Tackle

Steve played football, baseball and basketball in high school and was an all-conference football player at West Hills JC in Coalinga, California. He was a big, strong lineman with good quickness and intelligence.

Dan Williams, Inside Linebacker (#58)

Dan followed his older brother Dave to Boise State from Foster City, California. He was an all-league and all-county player at Burlingame High School where he played linebacker and tight end and also lettered in baseball. Dan was a two-year starter and All-Big Sky performer in 1980. Williams had 10 tackles in his freshman season and 13 in 1978. Williams anchored the center of the defense in 1979 and 1980. In 1979, Dan had 109 tackles, 3 interceptions which he returned for 38 yards, a fumble recovery and a pass deflection. He led the Broncos with 160 tackles in 1980 to give him 292 for his career. Dan also had two tackles behind the line, a forced fumble, 2 interceptions and seven pass deflections in leading Boise State to the National Championship.

Williams earned his degree in Business in 1981, and moved back to California where he has been employed by B and N Industries as a project manager for the last 17 years. Williams is married and has five children.

Rick Woods, Strong Safety (#29)

Rick lettered in football, basketball and baseball at Boise High School and was honored as an all-SIC and all-state football player. Woods had 13 tackles and two blocked kicks as a freshman, just a hint of what was to come from the Boise High School star. Rick was an All-Big Sky strong safety and honorable mention All-America in 1979, with 71 tackles, 2 for loss. He also had 2 interceptions, a forced fumble, 4 pass deflections and a blocked kick. Rick had a huge junior season with 75 tackles, 5 for loss, and 7 pass deflections. He also carried once for 29 yards. In 1981, Woods closed out his career with 5 interceptions that he returned for 88 yards and a touchdown. He also had 74 tackles, 2 for loss, with 7 pass deflections and 2 more blocked kicks.

Woods' reputation as a punt returner, however, garnered him the most fame. His daring attempts with defenders all around him earned him the nickname "The Riverboat Gambler". Woods still ranks 10th all-time with an 11.6 average in 1980 despite almost never calling for a fair catch. In 1981, Woods was 3rd in the Big Sky with an 8.9 average.

Woods is one of a handful of Broncos who earned three all-conference awards. He was All-Big Sky in 1979, 1980 and 1981 as a safety and in 1981 as a punt returner. He earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in 1979 and 1980 and was an All-America performer in 1980 on both the Kodak and Gannett News teams.

Woods was selected to play in the 1981 Blue-Gray and Olympia Gold Bowl college all-star games.

The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Woods in the fourth round of the 1982 NFL Draft. Rick played for six seasons. He had 13 career interceptions returned for 154 yards, a sack and 4 fumble recoveries. Woods also returned 70 punts for 568 yards (8.1 avg.).

After a six year NFL career, Rick involved himself in financial institution sales. Rick has over twenty years experience in financial institution sales and marketing, including credit card processing, EDI, and Internet Banking solutions.

Rick resides in Tampa, Florida where today he owns and operates a security company that specializes in corporate security. A founding member of SCA, Mr. Woods has personally developed over 200 client relationships, throughout America. Mr. Woods is the primary contact for introducing SCA to your organization. Mr. Woods' responsibilities include managing and growing SCA's sales force and marketing operations.

Don Woolridge, Defensive Back

Don was an all-conference performer at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Woolridge played JC football for Cypress College, where he was an all-state performer. He set school records at Cypress for most interceptions in a season (8) and in a career (12). He was a good all-around athlete that started in 1979 against Long Beach State but a knee injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Don moved to Chino, California to become an engineer supervisor.

Terry Zahner, Running Back (#27)

Zahner was and is a true Bronco through and through. He was an all-league football player and swimmer at Pinole Valley High School in California. He averaged 5.5 yards a carry and ran for 724 yards and 6 touchdowns as a freshman plus earned not only All-Big Sky Conference but Honorable Mention All-America. In nearly any backfield, he could have gained 3,000+ yards in his career. He shared his time with Cedric and did it happily. The team became so much better for it because then opponents had two devastating tailbacks to deal with. Plus you had the tough David Hughes as fullback. People have to remember that in 1987, seven full years after the Four Horsemen graduated, they still had three of the top five rushers in school history in the same backfield!

Zahner gained 250 yards and scored 2 touchdowns in 1978, but his production picked up again in 1979 when he gained 538 yards and scored 8 touchdowns on 111 carries (4.9 avg.). Plus, Terry caught 15 passes for 175 yards and 2 TD's as well, giving defenses even more to think about. In 1980, Zahner gained 540 yards rushing and scored 5 touchdowns on 121 carries (4.5 avg.).

Terry graduated from Boise State with a degree in Communications. He joined the construction field and he is in Grading and Paving as an estimator/project manager.

Terry currently lives in Martinez, California (about 15 miles from where he grew up) and continues to be a huge Bronco fan. He has a wife of 30 years, four children and one grandchild.


Jim Criner

Criner began his coaching career as an assistant to Jim Hanifan at Charter Oak High School in 1963. He became a head coach at Claremont High School in 1964 and then at Clovis High School. In 1967, Criner was hired as the offensive line coach at Utah. Two years later, Jim became the defensive coordinator at Cal State Hayward. The following season, he became the secondary coach at California for two years. Criner moved to BYU for a season before becoming the offensive line coach at UCLA under Pepper Rodgers and then Dick Vermeil in 1974. He moved to linebackers coach for the Bruins in 1975, when UCLA won the Pac-8 championship and upset top-ranked Ohio State 23-10 in the Rose Bowl.

In 1976, Coach Criner was hired as the head coach of Boise State, replacing legendary Tony Knap. Boise State was 5-5-1 in Criner's first year, but they returned to the top of the Big Sky Conference in 1977 with a 9-2 record. Boise State finished 7-4 in 1978 and 10-1 in 1979 before the National Championship season of 1980 (10-3). In 1981, Criner once again led Boise State to the Division I-AA semifinals and a 10-3 record, defeating Jackson State 19-7 before a home loss to Eastern Kentucky in a rematch of the 1980 game. The Broncos were 8-3 in 1982. In Criner's seven seasons, Boise State was 34-12 (.739) in conference and 59-21-1 (.735) overall.

At the end of the 1982 season, Criner became the head coach at Iowa State of the Big 8 Conference. Criner coached at Iowa State for four seasons, posting a record of 17-25-2.

After a five-year break from coaching, Criner became the offensive line coach with Sacramento of the World League in 1991, helping the Surge win the 1992 World Bowl. Coach Criner was hired as the head coach of the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe, where he coached for six seasons. He guided them to the World Bowl title in 1996 with a 32-27 victory over Frankfurt and a NFL Europe runner-up finish in 2000. Criner was named the 1996 World League Coach of the Year. He posted a 26-34 record with the Claymores. Criner coached 20 former offensive linemen in Scotland who now are on NFL rosters. The Scottish press had this to say about Jim. "Typical Jim Criner. A tireless worker, a man always looking for an edge, a gentleman who gives you everything he has."

Criner became the head coach for the Las Vegas Outlaws of the XFL in 2000. The next year, he moved to West Yellowstone, Montana where he opened up Bud Lilly's Trout Shop.

Recently, Coach Criner was a scout for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL, reuniting him with with head coach Dick Vermeil, whom he had coached under in the mid 1970's.

In 2008, Criner accepted the position of head football coach at Marist High School in Eugene, Oregon but he left after one season. Jim's son, Mark, is currently the defensive coordinator at Idaho.

Gene Dahlquist (Offensive Coordinator)

Coach Dahlquist came to Boise State in 1977 when Coach Criner was hired. He was Boise State's offensive coordinator. Prior to coming to Boise, he was the receivers coach at Oregon in 1974 and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Ducks in 1975 and 1976.

Gene was a quarterback and punter at Arizona from 1960-1964. He played with the Norfolk Neptunes of the Continental Football League for two years. Dahlquist became head coach at James-Berry Robinson School for Boys in 1967 and served on the staff at Idaho State for the next three years.

In 1971, Dahlquist became the receivers coach at Utah before going to Oregon. During this time, he completed work on his master's degree in Physical Education at Idaho State.

Dahlquist coached for over 30 years. He has helped produce record-setting offenses across the country. He took over from Criner as head coach of the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe from 2000. Gene was an original member of head coach John Robinson's staff at UNLF in 1999, serving as passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for one season.

Prior to that, he served six seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas. Working for former Longhorn head coach John Mackovic, Dahlquist helped Texas win three conference championships (two in the Southwest Conference and one Big 12). The 1995 Longhorn offense set single-season school records for total yards and passing yards. Dahlquist helped James Brown become the first all-league quarterback at Texas since 1975 and the SWC Offensive Player of the Year. Dahlquist helped Texas to a win over North Carolina in the 1994 Sun Bowl, an appearance in the Sugar Bowl following the 1995 season (a loss to Virginia Tech) and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl following the 1996 season.

Coach Dahlquist served in the same position at Illinois before going to Austin. In four years, he helped develop the #1 draft choice in the 1990 NFL Draft, Jeff George, and the Big Ten's 1991 total offense leader Jason Verduzco. Illinois led the conference in passing two years during Dahlquist's tenure. Gene helped Illinois to the 1988 All-American Bowl, a win over Virginia in the 1989 Citrus Bowl, the 1990 Hall of Fame Bowl and the 1991 Sun Bowl—four bowl games in four years.

Dahlquist left Boise State with Criner and served as offensive coordinator at Iowa State for four seasons before going to Illinois. Currently, Gene is one of the radio broadcasters for UNLV, a post he has held since 2004.

Lyle Setencich (Defensive Coordinator)

Coach Setencich was hired as head football coach at Boise State one year after Boise State's National Championship when Coach Criner was hired by Iowa State. Setencich coached through 1986 and posted a record of 24-20.

Setencich became the head coach at Cal Poly-SLO from 1987-1993, where he led the Mustangs to a 41-29-2 record in seven seasons. Cal Poly advanced to the second round of the Division II playoffs in 1990 and led the nation in scoring defense, holding opponents to 11.3 points per game. Lyle's rush defense led Division II in 1988 in rushing defense, allowing opponents just 56.4 yards a game.

After coordinating the defense at Pacific in 1994, where he helped lead the team to a 17-year best 6-5 record, Setencich joined Arizona State as linebackers coach for two seasons. In 1996, the Sun Devils led the Pac-10 in total defense (304.7), a dramatic improvement from the previous year in which they allowed 426.6 yards a game. Arizona played in the Rose Bowl in 1996. Among the players Setencich coached at ASU were future NFL players Pat Tillman and Adam Archuleta.

Setencich became defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for California for five seasons and added associate head coach to his title from 1999-2001. Prior to his arrival in Berkeley, Cal's defense ranked last in the Pac-10. They jumped to eighth in Lyle's first season, third in 1998 and led the conference in 1999. Setencich's 2000 Bears led the Pac-10 with 44 sacks and were third in total defense. One of Lyle's Cal players, Scott Fujita, is a linebacker with the New Orleans Saints.

Coach Setencich joined the Texas Tech staff in 2003, reuniting with Mike Leach. Leach had asked Setencich for a chance to coach in 1987 while Lyle was the head man at Cal Poly. Initially, Lyle's attempt to bring the California "Swarm" defense to Lubbock was not successful. The Red Raiders were last nationally at one point in total defense that first season, but the team made great progress under Setencich.

The 2004 defense was ranked in the top 50 and the 2005 Red Raiders were in the top 30, as was the 2006 team. In 2006, Texas Tech held opponents to 151.1 rushing yards per game, the lowest at the school since 1999. Setencich's pass defense led the Big 12 that year and was ranked in the top 20 nationally. For his efforts, Setencich was named as the winner of the All-American Football Foundaiton's Mike Campbell Award as the nation's top assistant college football coach.

While at Texas Tech, Setencich coached future Baltimore Raven linebacker Mike Smith and helped Dwayne Slay become the 2005 Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year and an All-American.

In 2007, Coach Setencich stepped down from his position at a time when his wife Kathy had medical problems. The two have a son, Peter.

John Fox (Secondary)

After leaving Boise State, John landed a job coaching the secondary at the University of Kansas in 1983 under Mike Gottfried. He coached briefly with the Los Angeles Express of the short-lived United States Football League. In 1989, Fox was hired as the secondary coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers under coach Chuck Noll. Fox worked in a similar position for Bobby Ross with the San Diego Chargers in 1992 and 1993.

Fox then became the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1994when Art Shell had the head coaching job and he stayed on through 1995. John was with the St. Louis Rams in 1996 before moving on to the New York Giants, where he was their defensive coordinator for five seasons. Fox helped the Giants reach Super Bowl XXXV.

In 2002, John was hired as the third coach of the Carolina Panthers, taking over for a team that was 1-15 the previous year. In his first season, Fox turned around the team and the Panthers posted a 7-9 record. The following year, Fox led Carolina to the National Football Conference championship and a berth in Super Bowl XXXVII, losing 32-29 to New England on a last-minute field goal by Adam Vinatieri. In leading Carolina to the Super Bowl, Fox joined Vince Lombardi as the only coaches to inherit a team that had won only one game in the season immediately prior to their hiring, and then take that team to the Super Bowl.

Carolina was a disappointing 7-9 in 2004 but Fox guided Carolina back to the NFC Championship game in 2005. The Panthers were 8-8 the following year and 7-9 In 2007, but vastly improved to 12-4 with a playoff berth in 2008. Last season, Carolina was 8-8.

Dave Wasick (Defensive Line)

Wasick was an All-American defensive end for San Jose State, graduating in 1974. He appeared in the East-West Shrine game, the Senior Bowl and played against the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers in the College All-Star game that year. He played three years in the NFL for the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets.

Wasick was the defensive line coach for Boise State in 1979 and 1980. Previously, he coached the defensive line at San Jose State.

Wasick went to law school at Florida where he received his degree with honors. Currently, Dave is of counsel in Lewis and Roca in the firm's Appellate, Commercial Litigation and Corporate and Securities practice groups.

Previously, Wasick was with Beckley Singleton, which partnered with Lewis and Roca in 2007. Prior to joining Beckley Singleton, Wasick was the Special Assistant to the Nevada Attorney General, assisting that Office before the Nevada Legislature and managing some of Nevada's highest profile cases. He also served as Administrative Counsel to the Nevada Supreme Court and Assistant to the Chief Justice.

Through the United States State Department, Wasick assisted Argentina in initiating a nationwide mediation program. Dave is the former co-chair of the State Bar of Nevada Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, a former board member of the Volunteer Attorneys of Rural Nevada, and the past President for the Nevada Chapter of the National Football League Players' Association. Wasick co-authored "Navigating the Waters of Securities Litigation", published in Nevada Lawyer in September of 2004.

Here are more photos from the unforgettable year of 1980:

Aliotti with Coach Criner following the win over Eastern Kentucky:

Safety David Blackburn

Two photos of tight end Duane Dlouhy:

Former Broncos at the 2007 Fiesta Bowl include (left to right--Bob Bruce, Dave Williams, Doug Scott and 1980 Broncos Dan Lukehart, Dan Williams and Rick Woods:

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