2014. 02. 28
Coyote basketball team takes flight under new coach Scott Garson
Demetrius Perkins and the No. 3 Coyotes host Oregon Tech in a 7 p.m. semifinal Saturday.
Twenty-six wins (and counting) and a No. 3 national ranking.
A season sweep of archrival NNU.
A 15-0 record in front of capacity home crowds, led by the raucous Yote Fam student section.
The Cascade Conference regular-season championship and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament.
Men’s basketball is again a national powerhouse at The College of Idaho – and the team, the campus and the entire Caldwell community could not be more excited about it.
“It has been an amazing year,” said senior forward Taylor Pruett. “It’s a complete 180-degree turnaround from last year. We used to go into games hoping to win. Now, we go in expecting to win.”
Fans have come to expect wins, too, and Coyote fever is sweeping the Treasure Valley. The man behind the mania is Scott Garson, a former UCLA assistant who has restored the Yotes to national prominence in his first year at the helm.
“I knew we could be successful, but this has been beyond my expectations,” Garson said. “We have a team full of guys who are as happy for their teammates’ success as they are for their own and, as the great Coach [John] Wooden said, it’s amazing how much can get accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit.”
C of I fans got their first glimpse of things to come on Nov. 5, when the Coyotes took on NNU in the home opener. Garson’s up-tempo offense and deep bench – two hallmarks of this renaissance season – were on full display that night as the Yotes raced to a 93-83 victory, snapping a seven-game losing streak against the nemesis Crusaders.
“That was a huge moment for us,” junior guard Demetrius Perkins said. “We understood how important it was.”
Momentum continued to build from there. The Coyotes went on an eight-game winning streak, picking up confidence along the way as players, coaches, fans and opponents began to realize just how good this team could be.
“We’ve got a good thing going,” said senior forward Antonio Garrett. “We want to win every game, we know we can win every game, and everybody is contributing. Someone new steps up every day.”
Depth has indeed been vital for the Coyotes, who have 10 players averaging at least 13 minutes per game. Pruett (15 points, 8.4 rebounds per game) and Garrett (13.6 points, 7.4 rebounds) lead the way up front, while Perkins (14.1 points) and junior guard Josh Wilson (8.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists) anchor the backcourt.
But every player has a role on this team.
Junior wing Sydney Donaldson (10.9 points per game) provides tenacity and toughness.
Junior guard Jordan O’Byrne (10.1 points) is a deadly outside shooter.
Senior forward Ben Van Lith (8.7 points, 5.2 rebounds) provides athleticism and hustle.
Junior post Joe Vaz (8.2 points, 5.8 rebounds) is a 7-foot-1 presence off the bench.
Senior guards Zach Peterson and Devan Telken add strong leadership and defensive play.
And freshman guard Manny Morgan gives the team reliable ball handling and pesky perimeter defense.
The sum of those parts has been a nearly unstoppable formula for the Coyotes, who finished the regular season at 25-5, including a 16-2 mark in Cascade Conference play.
“We led the league both in scoring and defensive field goal percentage,” Garson said. “That’s a great combination, and I attribute it to having players who are unselfish and who play very, very hard, all the time. They will not allow themselves to lose.”
The Yotes played some of their best ball down the stretch, closing the season on a 12-game winning streak to rise to No. 3 in the NAIA Top-25 Poll. The team’s never-say-die attitude was captured perfectly in the regular-season finale as the Yotes erased a 22-point deficit to defeat Northwest, 93-80, in front of a delirious home crowd.
With the regular season in the rearview mirror, the Coyotes have their sights set on a Cascade Conference Tournament title and, eventually, the NAIA Division II National Championship.
Such lofty goals would have seemed foolhardy just four short months ago.
Now, no accomplishment seems out of the Yotes’ reach.
“We still have a lot to do,” Pruett said.
“One game at a time,” adds Garrett.
Perkins – through an infectious smile that belies his ferocious athleticism – sums it up in three words that best define this magical season.
“Anything is possible.”
Editor’s note: Player stats based on 30 regular-season games.
President Henberg announces retirement
College of Idaho President Marv Henberg, named the institution’s 12th president in 2009, has announced he will retire in June 2015. A national search for his successor will begin immediately.
As president, Henberg helped introduce the College’s distinctive PEAK curriculum, oversaw the return of the Coyote football program, created a joint master’s program in physician assistant studies in partnership with Idaho State University, and provided leadership as enrollment grew to record levels. In addition, The College of Idaho’s $175 million Advance The Legacy comprehensive campaign has received numerous substantial gifts during Henberg’s tenure, pushing the total amount raised to more than $160 million to date.
“The College of Idaho has strengthened the quality of its academic program and the overall student experience under President Henberg’s leadership,” said Candy Dale, chair of the C of I Board of Trustees. “We are thankful for his dedication to the College and the continued progress we are making as one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges.”
In December 2009, the College adopted its PEAK curriculum to better prepare students for a constantly changing future by earning a major and three minors spread across four academic peaks – the social sciences, natural sciences, fine arts and humanities, and a professional field. The College also announced the return of its football program in May 2012 and will begin competing in the Frontier Conference in September 2014.
These and other initiatives played a large role in the College growing its enrollment to a record 1,122 students in fall 2013. The current year’s student body also is the most diverse in the history of the C of I, with approximately 9 percent of students coming from other countries and more than 21 percent being domestic students of color.
Henberg, 65, said his five years at The College of Idaho have been a rewarding way to cap his career.
“Serving as president at The College of Idaho has been the highlight of my now 38 years teaching and administering in higher education,” Henberg said. “The world needs more College of Idaho graduates and I am thankful to have played a part in that.”
He noted that in 2015, two significant initiatives of his presidency – the master’s program in physician assistant studies and the return of the College’s football team – will be well under way, providing an optimal time for a presidential transition.
Henberg and his wife, Laurie, are looking forward to more time for travel and volunteer work following retirement.
C of I student publishes first book, 'Archipelago'
College of Idaho senior Lorraine Barreras is set for the release of her debut novel today, Feb. 28. The book, titled Archipelago, is a young adult fantasy novel published by Boise-based Fantastic Journeys Publishing. It is available for $15 through Amazon and $2.99 for Nook and Kindle eBook versions. Barreras also plans to have copies available at the College Store on campus and other local vendors within a month. For more information, or to purchase a copy, visit www.archipelagobook.net.
Barreras, an art major, spent 10 years writing Archipelago, which she released under her pen name, Mati Raine. The book’s main character is Lilly Douglas, a 14-year-old girl with avian-like wings and special powers who studies at Charity Academy. The book follows Lilly’s life as she discovers who she is, as well as the intentions of the students and faculty at the rival Firestone Institution. Barreras’ editor on the novel was Diamond Preston, a 2013 C of I alumna.
In addition to writing, Barreras works in a variety of art mediums including sculpture, painting and graphic design. She designed the cover art for Archipelago and also has designed book covers for other Fantastic Journeys Publishing authors. Her artistic website is www.thecraftycoyote.com.
During her four years at the C of I, Barreras has integrated what she’s learned from her art and journalism classes to broaden her skills as she works toward finding her place in the professional world.
“I’ve never been a one-trick pony,” Barreras said. “There’s something to the PEAK Curriculum – you’re preparing for the job that isn’t there. I’m a convention artist – they can’t give me a degree in that. But I feel that my major and minors have prepared me for variety.”
Barreras currently is working on a sequel to Archipelago, and she plans to spend the summer traveling to promote her book and artwork. While she is sad – and a little bit frightened – to leave the place she’s called home for the past four years, Barreras is comforted by the College’s strong, far-reaching community.
“You’re still a Yote, no matter if you’re graduated or not,” Barreras said. “You’re always a part of it.”
Holly named NAIA Athletic Director of the Year
Click here to read more about Marty in the latest C of I homepage hero story.
College of Idaho Athletic Director Marty Holly has been named the 2013 NAIA Athletics Director of the Year. This prestigious award is given annually to an athletics director for his or her accomplishments in all facets of athletics administration over the course of the previous year. Holly will be formally recognized at the 73rd Annual NAIA Convention Awards Luncheon on April 12 in Kansas City, Mo.
“It is my privilege to recognize Marty for his service to College of Idaho,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. “Marty is a trusted advisor who is universally admired throughout the Cascade Collegiate Conference and the NAIA. I'm honored to present this award to an NAIA Hall of Famer and a deserving recipient.”
Holly, who has spent the entirety of his professional career at The College of Idaho, has been the school’s athletics director since 1981. He also served as the Coyotes head men's basketball coach for 19 years before stepping down following the 1999-2000 season.
The College of Idaho, and by association Holly, had a banner year in 2013.
Based on their athletic performance, the Coyotes finished 12th in the Learfield Cup standings—their highest placement all-time. While achieving historic success on the field, C of I student-athletes also accumulated 69 Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) All-Academic Team nods and 32 NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards, as 16 of 17 athletic teams maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Six Coyote student-athletes were also selected as Capital One Academic All-Americans, the only award that requires stringent criteria for performance both in the classroom and on the field.
Holly also led the charge to reinstate football at the C of I, recruiting head coach Michael Moroski, raising more than $1 million in startup costs to revive the program after a decades-long hiatus, and expanding student-athlete enrollment to nearly 400 – more than a third of the College’s student population of 1,100.
“I am genuinely humbled in receiving this award,” Holly said. “The College of Idaho is truly a special place – from the faculty and staff, our students and alumni, and especially our coaches – and this award exemplifies what our institution stands for. We have done some amazing things and look forward to more amazing things in the future.”
Holly also fundraised a record-setting $600,000 for the general athletics fund and nearly $2 million in gifts and pledges toward the currently-under-construction Marty Holly Athletics and Outdoor Education Center, the first new building on the C of I campus in a decade.
Holly, a member of C of I's Athletic Hall of Fame (2001) and the NAIA Hall of Fame (2002), also was named the 2013 Cascade Conference Athletic Director of the Year, his second such career recognition.
The College of Idaho welcomed 12 new student-athletes to the Yote Fam last week as football coach Mike Moroski announced his latest group of recruits, including seven players from local high schools who signed on during a ceremony inside J.A. Albertson Activities Center. Click here to read more about the new recruits or here to check out more photos from the event. The signings also received coverage in the local media, including KTVB News Channel 7, KBOI 2 News, the Idaho Statesman and the Idaho Press-Tribune.
The College of Idaho has been named one of "The 100 Best Colleges and Universities in the U.S. by State" by TheBestSchools.org, a leading resource for prospective college students. Only two schools from each state – one major university and one small college – made the list, which seeks to identify the very best that American higher education has to offer.
The No. 3 C of I men's basketball team continues to make headlines for its outstanding play this season! Click here to read a recent Idaho Press-Tribune feature on point guards Manny Morgan and Josh Wilson or here to check out an extended interview with coach Scott Garson on KIVI Channel 6 News. Go Yotes!
Congratulations to The College of Idaho's Theta Psi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta, which has been honored with a Court of Honor by the International Fraternity. The chapter was awarded the distinction at the Western Pacific Division Leadership Conference on Feb. 22 in Pleasanton, Calif. This is the fourth time the chapter has earned the award since its installation on the C of I campus in 1999. Junior Delt brother Clayton Gefre wrote about the conference in a recent Student Experience Blog post.
C of I alumnus Ron Bitner ’68 recently became the first wine grape grower in Idaho to earn Low-Input Viticulture and Enology certification for sustainable agriculture. The Idaho Wine Commission announced the news of the LIVE certification last week prior to its annual industry conference in Boise. The news also was featured online at www.greatnorthwestwine.com.
C of I business professor Dr. Scott Johnson talks leadership in his latest "The College of Idaho on Business" column for the Idaho Statesman's "Business Insider" section. Click here to read the article.
The College of Idaho has a new fight song: "Hail to the Purple and Gold," written by C of I music instructor Rob Walker. Click the video player to learn the song so you can cheer on the Yotes at the next home game. Go Yotes!
C of I alumnus Bret Arsenault ’87 recently was quoted in a CNET article on cloud security. Arsenault is the Chief Information Security Officer for Microsoft.
C of I political economy professor Dr. Robert Dayley has been appointed as Program Director for the 2015 ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Seminar. The appointment is part of a Mellon Foundation Grant to ASIANetwork that provides Dayley with $110,000 to lead a three-part faculty seminar for the enhancement of scholarship and pedagogy on Thailand at liberal arts colleges. Dayley, who has led seven C of I student trips to Asia and will lead another in 2015, currently is serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors for ASIANetwork, a consortium of 160 liberal arts colleges in the United States that develops grant-funded programs to enhance Asian studies for small colleges.