Board Members

Shelly Robson

Associate Director for the Vandal Scholarship Fund

Shelly Robson of Hayden Lake is an Associate Director for the Vandal Scholarship Fund based at University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene for the past 14 years. Shelly is a 1991 graduate of the University of Idaho, is a member of Delta Gamma Sorority and is a former Vandal Scholarship Fund National Board president. Shelly has been involved with Vandal Athletics since graduation and has served on the Hall of Fame Committee since 2006. Shelly and her husband, Dr. Jim Robson were Stadium Builders for the Kibbie Dome renovation project.

Rick Rasmussen

CEO of Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls

Rick Rasmussen resides in Hayden Lake and is CEO of Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls. Rick graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School in 1984 where he played three sports and was part of the 1982 football state championship team. He then went to University of Montana and played football and participated in track and field. Rick’s father coached at CHS for 30+ years was elected to the HOF two year ago. Rick’s wife, Sharyl, was a state champion at CHS in basketball and softball, and their two daughters (Chelsey and Kylie) won state softball championships at CHS. He has been on the Hall of Fame board since 2014.

Joe Dobson

Real Estate Salesman for Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty - Hayden Lake, ID

Joe Dobson, Hayden Lake-Real Estate Salesman for Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty, in Real Estate 47 years (just getting started), he was also a past State Director. He has a Livestock and Cattle background, but all people need lots or land for housing, commercial, recreational or grazing. Graduate of U of I 1966-BS in Animal Science, past Director twice of Idaho Cattlemen's Association, Idaho Beef Council- 6 years and Chairman for 2 years, Co-Captain of Idaho Vandals in 1965, tried out with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and has followed the Vandals since, a member of North Idaho Hall of Fame Committee since 1967. Also Current President of Kootenai Shoshone Farm Bureau.

Tim Ross

Retired educator - Hope, ID

Tim Ross, and his wife Sandy, live in Hope, Idaho and he is a retired educator. He graduated from Sandpoint in 1970 and attended the University of Idaho during 1970-75 where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. Tim taught for 37 years, including 32 in Bonner County. He coached many sports, including football girls’ basketball and track. He also was an athletic director for 10 years and was the Idaho High School Athletic Association’s Class A-1 Athletic Director of the Year in 1996. He has worked at the state track meet for more than 40 years. Tim has been on the Hall of Fame committee since 2002.

Bert Sahlberg

Works and serves on the Board of Directors for the Warrior Athletic Association

Bert Sahlberg was born and raised in Pocatello and is a 1983 graduate of the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He was sports editor at the Argonaut and upon graduation was hired at Lewiston Tribune. He later worked at the Idaho Statesman for nine months and then was hired as the Tribune’s sports editor in 1988 and held the position until 2002. He covered University of Idaho football while at the Tribune and won several state and regional writing awards. He then became an editorial writer, but left the newspaper business for Lewis-Clark State College in 2003 where he currently works and serves on the Board of Directors for the Warrior Athletic Association. Bert had a Heisman Trophy vote for nearly two decades and does color for LCSC home basketball games. He has been on the Board since 2013.

Barb Patton

Executive Assistant to the CEO at Northwest Specialty Hospital

Barb Patton of Coeur d’Alene has worked in the healthcare field since 1992 and is currently Executive Assistant to the CEO at Northwest Specialty Hospital. Barb earned her BS Degree in Business Management from Western Governors University.  A former collegiate volleyball player, Barb has been coaching club and high school volleyball in northern Idaho since 2003. She became a board member in 2016.

Chuck Christopher

Owner, Advantage Advertising, Inc. and Digital Barn Productions - Lewiston, ID

Chuck has owned Advantage Advertising in Lewiston since 1986.  He is a 1984 graduate from the University of Idaho and his firm has amassed a large portfolio of college athletic marketing work including work as the advertising agency for the University Idaho Vandal Athletic Department since 1995.  His company has most recently been recognized for their college football poster designs ranked in the top 15 nationally by five times in the last four years including the number one design for the University of Wyoming in 2014.

John Knowles

Owner, Knowles Construction, Inc. - Sandpoint, ID
  • Retired  20 year Sandpoint Senior High School teacher.
  • Retired Sandpoint Senior High School football coach for 26 years.
  • Former Idaho Vandal Football player class of 1971.
  • Idaho Hall of Fame selection committee for the past 14 years .
  • Inducted into Sandpoint High School  athletic Hall of Fame 2007.

John Friesz

Retired - Hayden, ID

John graduated from Coeur d’ Alene high school in 1985. After high school he went to the University of Idaho and played QB for Hall of Fame head coaches Dennis Erickson, Keith Gilbertson and John L. Smith.  The Vandals won 3 consecutive conference championships in 1987, 1988 and 1989.

He was a two-time First Team All-American and three-time Big Sky Conference player of the year. He twice led the nation in passing and received the 1989 Walter Payton Award as Division I-AA’s National Player of the Year. In 2006 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

In 1990 he was drafted by the Chargers and went on to have an 11-year career in the NFL. An active member in the community, he has hosted golf tournaments benefiting the American Diabetes Association, Spinal Cord Research and is a founding board member for the Kootenai County Police and Fire Memorial Foundation.

He has been on the hall of fame board since 2009.

John and his wife Julie live in Hayden and have three sons; Hunter, Jake and Carter.

Don "Pudge" Almquist


Graduated from Mullan High School, all conference 3 years in FB and BB, all state senior year, lettered in Basketball and Football at the University of Idaho, Winner of the Most Inspirational Award,Jay Gano Award, senior year in Basketball for the Vandals, taught and coached for 25 years in Wa., Idaho, and Mt., was a school Administration in Mt., Nevada, and Idaho for 17 years. Retired from education in Sept. of 2017.

Steve Leifer

Regional Territory Manager for Universal Athletic Services
  • In the sporting goods industry for 30 years
  • Graduated from St. John High School (WA) in 1984 and was a 3 sport athlete
  • Graduated from Whitworth College in 1988 and played football
  • Wife Paige graduated from CDA HS in 1984 and Whitworth College in 1988
  • Have a daughter Morgan and son Bo.
  • Coached basketball, football, baseball, and softball over the years in the youth sports community.

Larry Schwenke

Retired teacher, coach and administrator, Coeur d'Alene

Larry enjoyed a 35 year career at Coeur d'Alene HS. He coached football for 20 years highlighted by State Championships as an assistant in '82 and '85. As the head coach, his '86 and '87 teams were the State Runners-up. Larry also started the Softball program at CHS, building it into a state powerhouse. He was the Viking's AD from '93 until his retirement in 2007. Larry and Laurie's daughters Ann, Keri and Andi were outstanding student athletes on the high school and collegiate levels. He is a member of both the IHSAA and Idaho Athletic Director's Hall of Fame and was elected to the Idaho Hall of Fame in 2009. He has been a board member since 2016.

Tim Sperber

Principal, Whitman Elementary

Tim Sperber is a 1983 graduate of Coeur d’ Alene High School. Tim participated in football and track at CHS and married Michelle Beyer (CHS Class of 1984) in 1989. Following high school, Tim played football at Western Montana College in Dillon. Tim graduated from the University of Idaho in Education and Washington State University in Educational Leadership. After teaching and coaching for fifteen years, Tim moved to administration and has been employed by the Lewiston School District for twelve years. Tim was the Athletic Director for the district for five years and is the Principal at Whitman Elementary School. Tim and Michelle have two children, Sammy Jo and Dillon. The Sperber’s make their home in Genesee where Tim is a volunteer EMT-B/Firefighter and the Genesee High School Head Football Coach.

Todd Gilkey

St. Maries High School Activities Director/ Fitness Instructor

Todd Gilkey is a graduate of Moscow High School. Todd participated in football and basketball during his high school career.  Todd graduated from the University of Idaho with his Education degree and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. 

Todd has been in education for 28 years. He began his career as a teacher, coach and Activities Director at St. Maries High School for 15 years. Todd then moved to Coeur d’ Alene High School for 8 years where he was Assistant Principal/Activities Principal. In 2014, Todd returned to St. Maries High School. 

Todd and his wife KayDee have one son Eli

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