Gift honors former C of I football coach Bonaminio

A $100,000 gift supporting construction of The College of Idaho’s Athletics and Outdoor Education Center will honor former Coyote football coach and player Ed “Buzz” Bonaminio.

The head football coach’s office in the new facility will be named in honor of Bonaminio, who served as head coach of the College’s football team from 1965 through 1971. Bonaminio also played halfback for the Coyotes and graduated from the C of I in 1956. He received the College’s Alumni Service Award in 2002.

The gift honoring Bonaminio was made by former Coyote football player Joe Glaisyer, a 1973 graduate of the College.

“Coach Bonaminio was a mentor to me and my teammates,” Glaisyer said. “He has contributed so much to The College of Idaho as a player here, as a coach here and as a professor here. I think he needs to be recognized for all that he had done and I’m glad that I can do that.”

Phase one of the $3.5 million Athletics and Outdoor Education Center will provide training and support facilities for the C of I’s student-athletes, including the reinstated football team that will begin competing in fall 2014. Phase two of the project, a $1.2 million Outdoor Education Center in the facility also will bolster the College’s programs for all students to enjoy the outdoors and develop an appreciation for nature.

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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