Class of 2011
- 1998 Baseball Team – The 1998 Coyote baseball team won the College‟s first-ever NAIA National Baseball Championship, defeating Indiana Tech in the championship game, 6-3. The Coyotes finished the year with a 55-8 season record and claimed Cascade Conference and NAIA Far West Sectional championships before winning the national title. The 55 wins is the most in school history and the 55-8 overall record is also the best winning percentage in school history. The team was coached by Tim Mooney and assistants Shawn Humberger and Gary White.
- James Ralph "Benny" Bennett – Bennett was a five-sport standout from 1938-1942 and participated in football, baseball, basketball, boxing and track and field during his four-year career at the College. He has been recognized as one of the truly great multisport athletes of his era. An outstanding halfback and defensive back on the Coyote football team, Bennett also handled the team‟s passing and punting duties. In baseball, he was a stellar left-handed pitcher and hitter. Bennett went on to play semiprofessional football for the Hawaiian Polar Bears in 1941. During World War II, he served as a commander of an Army Air Corps air squadron.
- Leslie "Buck" Selders – Selders was a four-year starter for The C of I in both football and baseball from 1937-1941. He was a three-time member of the All-Northwest Conference Football team and helped lead the Coyote baseball team to the 1940 Northwest Conference Eastern Division Championship. Selders also served in World War II and earned the Silver Star Medal as a U.S. Marine during the Iwo Jima invasion.
Class of 2009
- 1953 Football Team – Known as the greatest football team in C of I history, the Coyotes completed a perfect 8-0 regular season, winning the Northwest Conference championship and defeated both Idaho State and Montana State during the year. Led by quarterback Boyd Crawford, halfbacks Ted Martin and Ed Bonaminio, ends R.C. Owens and Jack Kennevick, and lineman Joe Kahahawai, the 1953 Coyotes averaged over 40 points per game and were extended a bid to play in the Refrigerator Bowl in Evansville, Ind., where they lost 14-12 to Sam Houston State.
- Sam Vokes –Was the head coach of the Coyote football, basketball, and baseball programs from 1953-55. Won back-to-back Northwest Conference football crowns in 1953 and 1954, piloting the Coyotes to the 1953 Refrigerator Bowl. His 1954-55 basketball team became the first squad to go undefeated in Northwest Conference play (15-0), advancing to the NAIA District II title game.
- Shirley Kroeger – Recognized as a pioneer in women’s physical education and an inspiration for a generation(s) of men and women who have pursued a career in the teaching of physical education. She oversaw the early evolution of women’s athletics at The C of I and guided the program through the Title IX era of the early 1970’s. Additionally, she coached the C of I women’s field hockey team throughout her career. Shirley Kroeger is celebrated as a dedicated teacher and scholar who brought a demanding and challenging presence into the classroom. As a coach, she is known as a quiet, patient leader who developed extremely competitive teams.
Class of 2007
- 1995-96 Men's Basketball Team – Captured the first-ever NAIA national championship, defeating Whitworth 81-72 in the NAIA Division II title game. Coached by Marty Holly and led by Damon Archibald, Jimmy Kolyszko, Jared Klassen, and Todd Williams, the Coyotes set a school record with a 31-3 season, including a 13-1 mark in Cascade Conference play, winning the regular-season and postseason tournament titles.
- Bernie Hamilton – Hamilton was a track and field standout from 1969-72 and currently holds the school record in the 100 and 220-yard dash. He won the 1970, 1971, and 1972 Northwest Conference 100-yard dash championships, along with the 1971 220-yard dash title and is one of only six men in the 80-year history of the NWC to claim three-straight titles in the 100.
- Tim Mooney – Mooney coached the Coyote baseball team from 1987-2000, compiling a 526-239-3 all-time record, including 14-consecutive postseason appearances. He led the Yotes to three-consecutive NAIA World Series appearances, winning the 1998 National Championship, placing second in 1999, and fifth in 2000. Mooney, who coached 23 NAIA All-Americans, was named NAIA Coach of the Year in 1998 and was Cascade Conference Coach of the Year on five occasions.
Class of 2005
- 1954-55 Men’s Basketball Team – Arguably the best men’s basketball team to ever play at the school. The squad, coached by Sam Vokes and led by R.C. Owens, Elgin Baylor, and Bill Kundrat, compiled a 23-4 record, including a perfect 15-0 mark in the Northwest Conference – a feat only accomplished twice in the 70-year history of the league. The Coyotes advanced to the NAIA District 5 championship game, losing to Montana State 78-76.
- Paul Hayman – A four-year starter in basketball and football from 1933-37. Earned All-Northwest Conference honors in football and was selected as one of two ends on the All-Time College of Idaho football team. Received three Purple Hearts and rose to the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War.
- Kevin Kramer – The first Coyote soccer player inducted into the Hall of Fame. Kramer was a four-time All-NAIA District 2 defender, helping the ‘Yotes to a 49-16-2 record from 1988-91. As a senior, his team allowed only 11 goals throughout the season, among the top-ten marks in NAIA history.
Class of 2003
- Bob Morford – Played football from 1950-53, earning All-Northwest Conference and All-West Coast honors for the Coyotes. He earned an NFL contract with the Los Angeles Rams following the 1953 season. He also was a teacher, coach, and administrator with the Notus School District.
- Jack Kennevick – An All-Northwest Conference award winning in the mid 1950s in football, basketball, and baseball during his four years at the College of Idaho following a discharge from the Marine Corp. He went on the serve 19 years in the Idaho State Legislature, much of the time as majority leader.
- Adele Allender - Is to this day the only women’s skier in school history to sweep the National Collegiate Ski Association championship events. In 1990, she won titles in the giant slalom, slalom, and the combined. She was also a standout tennis player, winning NAIA District titles in 1991 and 1992, earning Co-District Player-of-the-Year honors in 1991.
Class of 2001
- Marty Holly – Longtime athletic director and men’s basketball coach for the Coyotes. Coached 19 years (1981-2000), recording a 423-156 mark – including 14 20-win seasons, ten NAIA tournament appearances, and led the ‘Yotes to the 1996 NAIA Division II national championship. As an athletic director, he increased the number of sports at the school from four to 19. Is also a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame.
- Clem Parberry – Served as athletic director and head football, basketball, and baseball coach at the C of I from 1938-43 and 1946-51. Led the Coyotes to the 1947 Northwest Conference basketball title, along with the 1949 NWC football crown, and the 1950 NWC baseball championship.
- Nikos Spanakos – Was a standout boxer for the C of I from 1957-60. Took home titles at both the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Coast Collegiate Championships in 1958. A three-time competitor at the U.S. Olympic Trials (1956, 1960, 1964), Spanakos competed for the United States at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Won the 1960 Golden Gloves championship.
- Petros Spanakos – Was a standout boxer for the C of I from 1957-60. A three-time competitor at the U.S. Olympic Trials (1956, 1960, 1964), Spanakos earned a bronze medal at the 1959 Pan-American Games. Won the 1960 Golden Gloves championship.
Class of 1999
- Charlie Alvaro – An outstanding quarterback for the Coyotes from 1956-59, Alvaro was a three-time All-Northwest Conference selection. Was named to the 1959 Little All-America team after ranking second in the nation in passing. Following college, Alvaro was a longtime coach in Caldwell.
- Doug Euper – Had an outstanding career as a pitcher for the Coyote baseball team from 1987-90. Was a four-time All-Timber-Prairie Athletic Conference selection, earning NAIA All-America honors following the 1987 season. Currently holds the career record for saves and appearances in school history.
- Sheilagh McGlynn – She excelled on the ski slopes for the Coyotes during the 1983 and 1984 seasons, leading the C of I to back-to-back national team championships. Won individual national titles in both the slalom and the combined events in 1983 and 1984.
- 1983-84 Men’s Basketball Team – One of the top small-college teams of the 1980s, the 1983-84 Coyote men’s basketball team became the first C of I club to reach the NAIA tournament in more than two decades. Head coach Marty Holly led the team to a 26-7 record and a NAIA District 2 championship.
Class of 1996
- Ernie Meissner – Begin his legacy at The College of Idaho by earning NSCA All-America honors in 1979, helping the Coyote ski team to their first national championship. As head coach from 1980-87, Meissner guided the C of I to 11 team national titles and five individual titles – while coaching 40 All-Americans.
- Mark Owen – Two-time All-NAIA District 2 selection in men’s basketball, helping the Coyotes to District championships in 1984 and 1985. Named the 1985 District Player of the Year and a member of the NAIA All-America team. The 1985 draft pick of the Portland Trailblazers holds the school record for assists.
- Ursula Aleixo – One of the top women’s tennis players in school history, Aleixo helped the Coyotes to NAIA District 2 championships in 1987, 1988, and 1989. She was a three-time District Player of the Year, three-time District singles champion, and three-time District doubles champion. Aleixo also won six matches at the NAIA championships.
Class of 1994
- Peter Kim – A standout in baseball, football, basketball, and wrestling from 1925-29. Pitched and was a outfielder on the 1926 and 1927 Northwest Conference champion baseball teams and was a running back on the 1926 and 1927 NWC champion football squads. Wrestled as a freshman and completed the season with an undefeated record at the 135-pound weight class.
- Joe Kahahawai – An offensive lineman for the Coyote football teams of 1954 and 1955, earning All-Northwest Conference honors in helping the C of I to consecutive NWC titles. Kahahawai was named to the honorable mention Little All-America team as a senior and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the 1956 NFL Draft. Also competed in track and boxing.
- Mark Maxwell – A triple-threat on the football field from 1931-35, where he earned All-Northwest Conference honors. Maxwell was a running back, blocking back, and kicker – helping the Coyotes to the 1934 NWC championship.
- Loren Foye – The first golfer inducted into the Hall of Fame, Foye earned Northwest Conference medalist honors in 1962, 1964, and 1965 – advancing to the 1965 NAIA championships. He remains the lone golfer in the history of the NWC to win medalist honors on three occasions.
Class of 1991
- Taft Jackson – One of the top men’s basketball players in school history, Jackson earned All-Northwest Conference and All-District honors in 1964, 1965, and 1966. He led the NWC in scoring and rebounding as a junior and senior and holds the school’s single season (905 points) and career (2,036 points) scoring records. The two-time NAIA All-American was a 1966 draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Edward Hoshaw – Competed in basketball and track from 1925-29. Was a four-year starter and two-time captain of the basketball team, while establishing several C of I track records in sprint, hurdle, and throwing events.
- Anson Cornell – Served in various capacities at the C of I from 1916-33, including athletic director, and head football, basketball, baseball, and track coach. Cornell helped turn the Coyotes into a regional football power in the 1920s, including Northwest Conference titles in 1927 and 1928. Also coached the 1927 baseball team to a NWC title, along with the 1928 track team to the NWC crown.
- Edward Lodge – An outstanding halfback for the Coyote football teams in 1956 and 1957. Named to the All-Northwest Conference team in 1956 and 1957, along with the Little All-America team in 1956. Currently, he is a U.S. District judge for the state of Idaho.
- Lerna Thames – The first woman to be inducted in the Hall of Fame, Thames was an outstanding volleyball player from 1980-84. She was a three-time All-Cascade Conference selection and led the Coyotes to 1982 and 1983 league titles. Thames was named the 1983 NAIA District 2 Player of the Year and was the C of I Woman of the Year in 1984.
- James Lyke – Was a standout baseball and basketball player for the Coyotes from 1924-29. As a catcher on the diamond, Lyke was a four-year starter and was a two-time captain. He signed a professional contract in 1930 and played six seasons in minor leagues before becoming a respected Major League Baseball scout.
- Thomas Winbigler – Had an outstanding football career as a halfback from 1946-50. Earned All-Northwest Conference honors in 1947, 1948, and 1949, earning Little All-America honors in 1948 and 1949, and earning All-Pacific Coast honors in 1949. Was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1950 NFL Draft.
Class of 1989
- R.C. Owens – Possibly the best athlete in the history of the school, Owens was a standout football and basketball player from 1952-56. A four-time All-Northwest Conference selection in both football and basketball (and NAIA All-American in both sports), he owns school records for receptions and receiving yardage in football and rebounds and rebound average in basketball. Was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA and the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. Spent nine seasons in professional football, becoming synonymous with the “Alley Oop” pass. Was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1966.
- Eddie Cole – Served as the athletic director and football coach from 1951-54. Led the Coyotes to the 1952 and 1953 Northwest Conference championships and an appearance in the 1953 Refrigerator Bowl in Evansville, Indiana.
- Josh Lowell – Played four sports (football, basketball, baseball, track) while at the C of I from 1923-27. An outstanding football player, Lowell intercepted nine passes for touchdowns in a 114-0 victory over Albion Normal. After graduation, he played and managed in minor league baseball.