Local colleges: Boise State hires track coach from Iowa State


Corey Ihmels is the new coach for track and field/cross country. He was the Cyclones' men's cross country coach from 2001-07, then spent six seasons as the track and cross country coach for men and women.

Ihmels was the Big 12 cross country coach of the year in 2011 and 2012.

"He has high-level experience as a head coach in the Big 12 Conference, and he has a proven record of developing student-athletes to compete at elite levels on the track and in the classroom,'' Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle said.

JW Hardy was relieved of his duties April 4, and assistant Jeff Petersmeyer was the interim coach after Hardy's departure.

C OF I'S HOLLY IS CONFERENCE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: Marty Holly, in his 32nd year at the College of Idaho, was honored Friday in a vote of Cascade Conference athletic directors. The NAIA program in Caldwell produced its highest point total ever in the Cascade All-Sports Award standings and earned a 12th-place finish in the NAIA Learfield Directors' Cup standings. The Coyotes won league championships in women's cross country and softball, and produced 69 All-Academic team selections, 32 NAIA Scholar-Athletes and four Academic All-Americans. Holly also spearheaded more than $1.6 million in fundraising, and launched a football program that will debut in August 2014.

IDAHO STATE WOMEN, CSI MEN LEAD TEAM RACES AT RODEO FINALS: CASPER, Wyo. - Idaho State has 370 points after three performances of the College National Finals Rodeo, and leads Northeastern Junior College of Colorado by 75. Idaho State freshman Kimberly Fehringer (American Falls High) leads the all-around with 295 points, followed by Hayden Segelke (Northeastern) with 255. In the men's race, the College of Southern Idaho leads with 365 points, while Northwestern Oklahoma State and Panhandle State are tied for second at 355. The rodeo continues through Saturday.

NEW WAC COMMISSIONER: Longtime Western Athletic Conference employee Jeff Hurd, the league's interim commissioner since March 2012, was appointed to the new position Friday, after a board of directors meeting in Denver. Hurd, who becomes the sixth commissioner in the WAC's 51-year history, joined the staff in August 1985. He was the senior associate commissioner prior to replacing former commissioner Karl Benson on an interim basis. The WAC becomes a nine-member conference July 1 with the following teams: Idaho, New Mexico State, Seattle, CS Bakersfield, Chicago State, Grand Canyon, Missouri-Kansas City, Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley.

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