The school has raised about $600,000 and needs $400,000 more to break ground on the athletics and outdoor education center that will house the football program. Athletic Director Marty Holly is confident that will happen by the school's target in August.
"There are a lot of people in this valley who give, and they have looked at the College of Idaho as a giving opportunity maybe for the first time ever," Holly said. "We've done a good job of telling our story. People want to be a part of this. We are very encouraged by where we are."
The college formed a committee specifically to raise money for the football program - with a target of $4 million for infrastructure. They have a database of about 7,000alumni to court.
"As a general rule, most alums are excited," said Jack Cafferty, C of I director of development. "It's something to generally gather around. People like to come to football games."
Holly said fundraising for athletics and academics often are separate endeavors, so he has appreciated the campus-wide support for the football fund.
"The teamwork on this has kind of surprised me," he said.
Coach Mike Moroski, who will coach on offense, hired offensive coordinator Tim Keane in April.
Moroski can add a defensive coordinator in January. He'll add another full-time coach on defense, probably before spring ball, and hopes to have a part-time coach and a volunteer on each side of the ball.
"It will be pretty lean," he said.
The NAIA allows 24 full scholarships - tuition, room and board and books - that can be split to several players.
College of Idaho will start with tuition-only scholarships, worth about $24,000 per year.
Moroski doled out five scholarships for 2013-14, and that number will grow incrementally to 16 over the first four years. There is no plan yet to reach 24.
"We're going to play that by ear," Holly said. "We sure would like to. At this point, we have to get to 16. You can be very competitive at 16."
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