Holly honored as Athletic Director of the Year

Longtime College of Idaho athletic director Marty Holly has been named the Cascade Conference Athletic Director of the Year, announced June 14 by CCC commissioner Rob Cashell. Holly, who recently completed his 32nd year at the C of I, earns the honor for the second time in the last five seasons. He also will be a nominee for the NAIA Athletic Director of the Year award, to be announced later this summer.

“Marty is well deserving of the honor of Athletic Director of the Year,” Cashell said. “The success of the Yotes on the playing courts and fields, successfully managing adding football, and the outstanding academic performance of the student-athletes at C of I under his leadership has set a high standard in our conference and across the NAIA.”

Coyote teams had a banner year under Holly’s direction, with eight teams finishing in the Top-15 at their respective national championships, including a national runner-up finish by the women’s cross country program. Coyote athletes also captured nine national championships this year – one in cross country, three in indoor track, three in snowboarding and two in outdoor track.

Even more impressive is the job C of I student-athletes are doing in the classroom. In 2012-2013, the Coyotes had 69 Cascade Conference All-Academic team honorees, 39 NAIA or USCSA Scholar-Athletes, and six Capital One Academic All-Americans.

Holly oversaw outstanding fundraising efforts as the athletic department raised nearly $600,000 to supplement its budget along with nearly $1 million to help with the reinstatement of the long-dormant football program. The native of Torrance, Calif., also was instrumental in the debut of – the new homepage for C of I athletics – and made a pair of high-profile hires in football coach Mike Moroski and men's basketball coach Scott Garson.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit