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Vandals announce Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018

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By Idaho Athletics

MOSCOW, Idaho – Seven Vandal legends and two lifelong supporters will have their legacies etched in stone this fall as members of the Vandal Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The newest class includes:

  • Dennis Erickson (football coach)
  • Emily Faurholt (women's basketball student-athlete)
  • Howard and Tere Foley (contributors)
  • Allix Lee-Painter (women's track and field/cross country student-athlete)
  • Kayla Mortellaro (women's golf student-athlete)
  • Don Newman (men's basketball student-athlete)
  • Melinda Owen (women's track and field student-athlete)
  • Chelsea Small (women's soccer student-athlete)

The 2018 Vandal Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is set for Friday, Sept. 7, on campus at the Bruce M. Pitman Center. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at or over the phone by calling 208-885-4140. Online orders will incur a service charge.
The evening will include a steak and shrimp dinner (vegetarian option available), no-host bar and remarks from all inductees in attendance. Tickets are $60 for the general public. Current Vandal Athletics Hall of Fame members will receive a special discount by using the promo code included in their mailed invitations or by ordering over the phone.
The 2018 class was chosen by a selection committee after nominations were solicited from the public. The bylaws and selection standards can be found HERE.
The Vandal Athletics Hall of Fame was created in 2007, when the inaugural class of 102 individuals and five teams were inducted over the course of two years. The tradition of inducting high-achieving Vandals has continued as a biennial event. Classes were welcomed in 2010, 2012 and 2016. A list of previous inductees can be found HERE.
Biographical information about coaches and student-athletes in the 2018 class can be found below:
Dennis Erickson (Football Coach)

  • 36-23 record in five seasons as head coach (1982-85, 2006)
  • .610 winning percentage ranks No. 3 in school history
  • Two Big Sky Championships (1982, 1985)
  • Two-time Big Sky Coach of the Year (1982, 1985)
  • Two appearances in NCAA I-AA Playoffs (1982, 1985)
  • Spent two seasons as Idaho's offensive coordinator (1974-75)
  • Went on to win two national championships as the head coach at Miami (1989, 1991)
  • Two-time Sporting News National Coach of the Year (1992, 2000)
  • Spent six seasons as an NFL head coach with the Seahawks and 49ers

Emily Faurholt (Women's Basketball, 2004-06)

  • NCAA DI Scoring champion in 2003-04 (25.4 ppg)
  • AP All-America Honorable Mention (2003-04)
  • WBCA All-America Honorable Mention (2003-04)
  • Only Big West Player of the Year in program history (2003-04)
  • Scored 1,938 career points (No. 2 in school history)
  • Career scoring average of 22.0 ppg (Idaho record)
  • Two-time All-Big West First Team (2003-04, 2004-05)
  • Big West All-Tournament in 2004 & 2005
  • Four-time Big West Player of the Week
  • Preseason Wooden Award Candidate (2004-05)
  • Preseason Naismith Award Candidate (2004-05)
  • All-WAC Second Team (2006)
  • Academic All-WAC (2006)
  • Previously held school single-season scoring record with 737 points (2003-04)
  • Fourth at Idaho in FGM (677), second in FTM (455) and first in minutes per game (37.9)
  • Most FTs in a single season at Idaho (172 in 2003-04)
  • Led the Big West in scoring in 2004 (737) and 2005 (697)
  • Second in Big West history in career scoring average (24.7 ppg, 2003-05)
  • Scored 1,434 points in the Big West in just two seasons (40th all-time)

Allix Lee-Painter (Track & Field/Cross Country, 2005-10)

  • 2010 Stan Bates Award, given to the WAC's top male and female scholar-athlete
  • Five-time individual conference champion
  • Two-time Academic All-American (one of five two-time honorees in school history)
  • 2009 WAC Indoor Championships Outstanding Track Performer
  • 2010 WAC Outdoor Championships Outstanding Track Performer and High Point Award
  • 2008 WAC Cross Country individual champion
  • 2009 WAC champion in indoor 5,000-meter run
  • 2010 WAC champion in outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase, 5,000-meter run and 10,000-meter run
  • Helped lead Idaho women's cross country to team WAC championships in 2005 and 2007

Kayla Mortellaro (Women's Golf, 2009-12)

  • Two-time Golfweek/NGCA All-America Honorable Mention
  • Three-time NGCA Scholar All-American
  • Three-time WAC Player of the Year
  • Two-time individual WAC Champion
  • 2008 WAC Freshman of the Year
  • 10 career wins (Tied for No. 8 in NCAA history)
  • 31 career top-10 finishes (Tied for No. 3 in NCAA history)
  • Competed in 43 collegiate tournaments, earning 41 top-25 finishes
  • School-record 72.8 career stroke average (No. 32 in NCAA history)
  • 55 career rounds at or under par (Tied for No. 14 in NCAA history)
  • Only four-time NCAA Regionals qualifier in program history
  • 2012 CoSIDA Academic All-District
  • Graduated with degree in public relations
  • Earned UI Alumni Award for Academic Excellence as a senior
  • Qualified for LPGA Tour in December 2012 on first attempt
  • 15 career events on LPGA Tour
  • Currently works at NBC Sports Radio 1060 AM in Phoenix

Don Newman (Men's Basketball, 1979-80)

  • 1980 Big Sky Most Valuable Player
  • Two-time All-Big Sky honoree: First Team 1980, Second Team 1979
  • 281 career assists (No. 6 in school history despite playing just two seasons)
  • Drafted No. 69 overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1980 NBA Draft
  • Played three seasons with the Montana Golden Nuggets in the CBA
  • Despite not playing college football, played six years in the CFL as a wide receiver and was a practice squad/offseason signee for the Seahawks in 1981 and Jets in 1985
  • Began coaching career in 1985 at Lewiston and Moscow High Schools while finishing degree
  • Head coach at Sacramento State (1993-97) and Arizona State (1997-98)
  • Two-time NBA Champion as assistant coach with San Antonio Spurs (2005, 2007)
  • Other assistant coaching stops include: Washington State University, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets and Washington Wizards

Melinda Owen (Track & Field, 2004-08)

  • Six-time conference champion: winning pole vault titles at 2005, 2006 and 2007 indoor WAC Championships, and the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Outdoor WAC Championships
  • 2007 NCAA indoor pole vault All-American
  • Finished fifth at 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships
  • 2008 Academic All-American
  • Never lost to WAC opponent in career
  • Held nation's best mark in 2008 outdoor season before suffering injury ahead of NCAA Championships
  • Holds Idaho record in the pole vault, both indoor and outdoor
  • Holds WAC outdoor pole vault record at 4.40 meters

Chelsea Small (Women's Soccer, 2009-12)

  • Three-time NSCAA All-West Region: Second Team 2010, Third Team 2011 and 2012
    • One of three women's soccer student-athletes in WAC history to be named NSCAA All-Region three times
  • 2010 WAC Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2009 WAC Freshman of the Year
  • Three-time All-WAC First Team selection (2009, 2010, 2011). 
  • Member of the winningest class in Idaho soccer history. 
  • Two-time Academic All-American (one of five two-time honorees in school history)
  • Holds school records with 39 career goals (next closest has 24 goals), 91 career points and 16 career game-winning goals
  • Single-season record 13 goals in 2010 (only five Vandals have scored more than 13 goals in their careers)
  • 10 goals in 2011 (No. 3 in a single season at Idaho)
  • Eight goals in 2009 and 2012 (No. 7 in a single season at Idaho)
  • In 2010, Idaho went 14-7, with Small scoring the game-winning goal in eight matches (no other Vandal has a season with more than four game-winning goals)
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