High School Football

Idaho’s winningest football coach takes over Treasure Valley high school program

Tom Harrison huddles the Pocatello High football team during a game against Twin Falls at Holt Arena in 2014.
Tom Harrison huddles the Pocatello High football team during a game against Twin Falls at Holt Arena in 2014. Idaho State Journal file

Tom Harrison, winner of an Idaho-record 10 state titles, is returning as a high school football head coach.

Weiser hired the former Pocatello, Snake River and Raft River coach to take over its program in 2018, the school announced Wednesday. Harrison replaces John Srholec Jr., who resigned in December after 19 years with the Wolverines.

“As we went through our hiring process, it became very evident to our committee that Tom is a great fit for our football program and athletic department,” Weiser Athletic Director Tyler Grant said in a news release. “He is a winner on the football field, but more importantly, he shows a willingness and ability to connect with student-athletes on a personal level to help them become better husbands, fathers and community leaders.”

Harrison built one of the most dominant programs in state history at Snake River, where he won eight state titles. The Panthers had winning streaks of 54 and 34 games under Harrison, and they won seven of eight state titles from 1995 to 2002.

The 54-game winning streak is the longest in Idaho history, and it was the longest in the country by a public school at the time. Harrison won 88 of his final 91 games at Snake River before leaving for Pocatello in 2003.

The field at Snake River is named after Harrison, and Harrison’s son Jeb now leads the program.

Harrison won his first two games at Pocatello, stretching his winning streak to 56 games.

He went 79-41 in 12 years at Pocatello, winning the 2006 4A state title and reaching the finals three times.

The Pocatello School District suspended him during the 2014 season as it investigated allegations of verbal abuse. Harrison refuted the allegations and resigned at the end of the season. He has served as an assistant coach at Emmett the past three years.

Harrison also led Raft River to a state title in 1986. His 10 titles are the most in the history of Idaho’s state-sponsored playoffs.

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” Harrison said in a news release. “It is both an honor and a privilege. I fully understand the importance of my role in the Weiser community.”

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

Idaho’s winningest coaches

The football coaches who have won the most state titles since the Idaho High School Activities Association began sponsoring the playoffs in 1977.

Rank

Coach

Titles

1

Tom Harrison

10

2

Jack McKelvey

8

3

Tim Brennan

6

4

Brent Koetter

5

4

Dwight Richins

5

4

Jim McMillan

5

4

Charlie Shepherd

5

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