Coach Kragthorpe recorded a 21–14 record in three seasons, from 1980 to 1982. The best results were definitely in his second year, a 12–1 season in 1981 when the Bengals won the Big Sky Conference title and the NCAA Division 1-AA Football Championship.
When he took over the team in 1980, the Bengals had just come off a 0-11 season and, in his first year of coaching, they had a 6-5 record. Beating Nevada that year really made him aware of how good this team could be. Coach Kragthorpe said, "Marvin Lewis went out and blocked a punt that helped us get the ball back and take the go ahead score." That season they they also beat in-state rival University of Idaho which was a big boost for the program. In the last game of the season, they lost to Boise State who would go on to win the championship.
In a statement, the Coach said, "That first year showed how many great players Idaho State had on the team. One thing that always stood out about this team at Idaho State was how much they cared about each other. They always wanted to be around each other. To this day many players still get together regularly and I love that. The players truly bought into this system and that is what made my experience at Idaho State the most rewarding."
Sports Information Director, Glenn Alford remembered that, "Coach Kragthorpe instilled confidence in the way that he conducted himself. He wasn’t a yeller. His players wanted to perform at their best because they didn’t want to let the Coach down." In Glenn's opinion, "One of his greatest assets was his ability to coach the offensive line. Idaho State had the best offensive line in the conference. He took good players and made them great."
Plan to join us for the 35 Year Reunion Weekend, June 23-25, 2016, in Pocatello and help us honor our Coach and friend.
Thursday, June 23
7:00 p.m. - Thursday Night Get Together at the Sandpiper
Friday, June 24
10:30 a.m. - Golfing at Highland
4:00 p.m. - Happy Hour - location TBD
7:00 p.m. - F.A.T. party at Phil Meador Toyota
Saturday, June 25
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - F.A.T. Golf Tournament
6:30 p.m. - Dinner honoring Coach Krag at ISU Alumni House
Questions? Contact Tyson Munns at (208) 479-9310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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