Darrah Eggers


Growing up in small town Bovill Idaho, athletics were always important to the Eggers family. Darrah started young, building his own high jump pit out in the family barnyard. He eventually added a long jump pit and a two lane 35-meter sprint area. These homemade facilities helped him set the national 12-13-year-old high jump record in Memphis, Tennessee at 6-1½. Later that summer, he set the national record in the Pentathlon for 12–13-year-olds at 4,809 points.

Competing at Deary High School, Eggers was a four-year letter winner in football, basketball and track. After winning the state long jump during his sophomore year, he started participating in the Decathlon. He ended up being ranked third in the nation at the national championships in Porterville, California. Darrah was first team all-state in football his junior and senior year and was named the A-4 player of the year in 1982.

Eggers went to Spokane Falls Community College for two seasons, where he was the starting tailback during his sophomore season. He then transferred to the University of Idaho, where numerous ankle surgeries eventually ended his playing career.

Eggers started his 32-year teaching and coaching career at Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia Idaho. It was here that he was head football and track coach for four years, head basketball coach for two years and assistant basketball coach for two years.

In 1992, Eggers accepted a teaching and head football position at Deary High School. His football teams were well known for tough, disciplined play and had numerous years of success. His teams averaged eight wins per season over his 15 years coaching football at Deary. The Mustangs made 11 playoff appearances and played in six straight state championship games, winning the titles in 1993, 1995 and 1997. His 1995 team was featured in an article in USA Today. His 1993 and 1995 teams won the North Idaho team of the year. Darrah assisted boys’ basketball and track for five seasons.

In 1999, Eggers accepted the position of Principal and Athletic Director, which he held for 20 years. He retired from education in 2018 and began working for BSN Sports selling athletic supplies to area schools. He held this position for 4 years until his full retirement in May of 2023. Eggers was a member of the District 2 Board of Control for 20 years and received the IHSAA distinguished service award in 2020. He was also honored with an Honors in Education award from the University of Idaho in 2020.

Darrah has been married for 39 years to his wife Aleica and lives outside of Deary. They have two sons, Dustin (Katie) and Drew (Angela). They also have three grandchildren, Ellie, Emmett and Avery.

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