Sports Hall of Fame Awards
The Idaho State University Sports Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to ISU varsity sports and, in doing so, have enhanced the image and reputation of Idaho State University.
Most Recent Recipients (2022)
Kristin Fenwick attended Idaho State from 1974-1979. While a student-athlete, Kristin worked as a security guard for the mini-dome and library to help pay for her tuition and housing expenses. Kristin graduated from ISU with a BS in dental hygiene and moved to Boise to practice as a dental hygienist until 1990. She was then accepted into the Idaho Dental Education Program, a collaborative dental education program with Creighton University. Upon graduation she opened a dental practice in Boise and practiced until retirement in 2017. While softball is Kristin’s first love, she has been an avid golfer for the past 40 years and has won several state and regional golf tournaments. She now spends her winters in Palm Springs and summers in Idaho.
- First female to receive an athletic scholarship at ISU
- Conference championship team in 1978
- Holds No. 8 in career record book for the best batting average at .326
- Was a member of the first-ever softball teams at Idaho State
- Split win with nationally ranked Utah State 2-1 in 1978
- Earned a Masters in Counseling in 1982
Candice Cordingley Starr
Candice took up golf at a very young age. She played in the Idaho Junior Golf Association where she won numerous medals. While Candice played many sports and was an amazing athlete, her true passion was golf. Candice turned down a track scholarship after she was offered an academic and golf scholarship at Idaho State University by Dr. Dave Adler. After one year at Idaho State, her success in golf led her to become a golf pro. She studied hard and passed her Players Ability Test in Provo, Utah. In 1997 she began working as an assistant pro at Logan River Golf Course under the supervision of Jeff John. She married Brian Starr in 1999 and they built their home in Plymouth, Utah. They raised three girls who all enjoy playing golf. One of Candice's many accomplishments was serving as Coach for the girls and boys golf programs at Bear River High School in Tremonton, Utah. Candice was tough and fought a hard battle with cancer until her passing on February 5, 2019.
- Only women’s individual Big Sky Champion won as a freshman
- She and her team won the 1994 Big Sky Women's Golf Championship
- Earned medalist honors
- She played in four tournaments in 1994-95 and came away with one victory
- Her success in golf led her to pass the requirements to become a golf pro
Coach Gordon Henderson
Gordon was born and raised in Scotland, and like a lot of boys, he dreamed of being a professional soccer player and had several tryouts with two local clubs. After it became apparent that the professional soccer route was not going to materialize, he decided to attend university at the Scottish Centre for Physical Education and then moved to California to pursue his master’s degree. In 1995, Gordon completed his M.Sc. in Education at Sonoma State University. During this time, he was hired to start a news women’s soccer program at North Dakota State University and became its first Head Coach. After three successful seasons at NDSU, Gordon was approached by the Athletic Director, Irv Cross, to begin the new women’s soccer program at Idaho State. Gordon coached the ISU women’s soccer team for six seasons. His achievements set the foundation and expectation for the future of the women’s soccer program. Henderson is a standout coach for his accolades, character, and dedication to the soccer program. He had great pride and passion for the game and for ISU. Henderson created an atmosphere of “team” where he formed a family-like, unbreakable bond. In 2019, he was tasked by the Board of Directors to oversee a merger between the Ohio South and Ohio North Youth Soccer Associations. This was formally completed on January 1, 2021, and Gordon was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the new organization, the Ohio Soccer Association, which consists of approximately 80,000 players, 12,000 coaches, and lover 50,000 volunteers.
- First-ever coach for Idaho State women's soccer
- His six seasons record was 55-51-11... Won 71 percent of his games at Davis Field
- Named Big Sky coach of the year in 2000, 2001, 2003
- Had 37 all-conference players over the course of his career in Pocatello
- Won three straight Big Sky Conference titles, 2001, 2002, 2003
- 2003 team earned the program’s first and only NCAA tournament win over No. 14 Utah. The Bengals won 5-4 on penalty kicks
Coach Ardie McInelly
Women's Basketball (1996-2001)
Ardie McInelly coached the Bengals from 1996-2001. Growing up in Mackay ID, Ardie and her siblings always played whichever sport was in season, but ultimately she pursued her first love, basketball. Ardie originally walked on to play basketball for Boise State, but eventually earned a scholarship and played four years of Division I basketball at BSU. After graduation, Ardie coached at both the high school and college levels, spending 9 years as a Division I assistant coach. In 1996, Ardie was hired as the women’s head basketball coach at ISU. In the 2000-2001 season, her team went undefeated in the Big Sky Conference regular-season, earning the top seed in the Big Sky Conference tournament which was held in Holt Arena. In 2001, only the top four schools were allowed to participate in the tournament. ISU defeated Weber State in the semi-finals, earning the opportunity to play the University of Montana in the championship game. In front of 5,000 awesome fans, ISU defeated the Lady Griz, and earned the program’s first-ever bid to the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. After the historic 2000-2001 season at ISU, Ardie moved on to coach at the United States Air Force Academy where she spent the next nine years before retiring.
- In her final year, 2000-2001, the Bengals went 16-0 in Big Sky play and 25-5 overall to earn the program’s first-ever berth in the NCAA tournament.
- Qualified for the Big Sky Conference Tournament 4 out of 5 seasons.
- Earned Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001.
- The conference tournament championship in 2001 gave McInelly 77 wins, and at the time, tied her for the most career wins in program history.
Women's Basketball (1984-1988)
Alison grew up mostly in California after living in four different places on the East Coast before the age of 9, due to her father’s service in the Navy. Her first love was swimming, but both her brother and sister were basketball players, so it was just natural that she would play too. Alison came to Idaho State in 1984, transitioning to a new size ball and a new position. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science, with a double major in Physical Education and Health Education. She married Tom Castles in 1994 and they have two sons. In 2019, she was approached by an old friend to play in The National Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was an amazing experience to see players from 50 years old playing a game they love. Alison and her family currently live in South Lake Tahoe, California where she is a Registered Nurse at the local hospital. Since moving to South Lake Tahoe, she has been a volunteer basketball coach for the girls’ high school program.
- Honorable Mention all-conference in 1985-86
- Second-team all-conference 1986-87, 1987-88
- Big Sky player of the week in the 84-85 season
- 9th all-time leading scorer at Idaho State with 1,320 points
- Ranked No. 10 for best career scoring average at ISU at 13.2 points per game
- Ranked No. 3 for most field goals made at ISU with 568
- Ranks No. 6 for most rebounds at ISU with 756
- Finished her career with 25 double-doubles, the fourth-best mark in ISU history
Joseph Saratore, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Joe is a good friend of ISU Athletics and extremely deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award, not only in recognition of his long support but in recognition of his extraordinary achievements as an alumnus of Idaho State University. Joe was born and raised in Niles, Michigan. Joe played football since the age of 6 and went to the Junior Rose Bowl while he played college football at Compton Jr. College. He received multiple football scholarships, but knew he wanted to accept Coach Babe Caccia’s offer with Idaho State in 1958. The day Joe arrived on ISU’s campus, he met his beautiful wife, Judy. After his year at Idaho State, Joe and Judy moved back to Niles where Joe started a manufacturing business in 1966 as a one-man operation. Joe’s manufacturing business has now become a prime manufacturing facility with over 100 employees producing the most precision aerospace and medical parts to date. Joe retired in 2020 and now spends his time enjoying the fruits of his labor and his family, which has grown to include four children, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Joe is not only a significant donor to ISU but a valued friend who cares deeply for ISU coaches and student-athletes. Joe exemplifies what we hope for in a lifetime of support for his alma mater. He demonstrates achievement in having built a highly successful global company on the ideals of hard work and integrity.
- While a football player at ISU, he led the team in rushing in 1958 with 390 yards
- Established the Joe and Judy Saratore Scholarship Endowment
- Supports the Stephen Performing Arts Center, Bengal Athletic Boosters, Champions Fund, Papenberg Field, and is a generous supporter of ISU Athletics
- Completed a significant gift to help construct the ICCU Practice Field
SHF Award History
The Sports Hall of Fame was established in the 1960's by former Athletic Director John Vesser. Originally housed in Reed Gym, the construction of the Minidome, now known as Holt Arena, meant a new home for Bengal Athletics and the Sports Hall of Fame Archives. In the transition, history was lost and the ISU Sports Hall of Fame was forgotten.
A decade later, former President of the Alumni Board of Directors, Bob Hilliard set a goal to resurrect the Sports Hall of Fame. With Dubby Holt as Chairman, guidelines were established and a committee consisting of past Sports Hall of Fame inductees was organized in 1977.
In 1994, the ISU Sports Hall of Fame found a new home. Visitors are invited to take a stroll through the archives now located inside the Sports & Orthopedic Center on the ISU campus. There, plaques, photos, and other memorabilia of each member are displayed. A second tribute to the distinguished athletes can be found in Holt Arena where a brass plate bearing the names of each member is placed under a statue representing all nine athletic areas.
Sports Hall of Fame Awards
Nominations for induction into the ISU Sports Hall of Fame are submitted in writing on the official ISU Sports Hall of Fame nomination form and shall include all personal data and information relevant to the candidate's qualifications. Nominations can be submitted by anyone and are due in the Office of Alumni Relations no later than June for awards given in the Spring of the following year.
Inductees are chosen by the 12 member Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee. This committee is comprised of past Sports Hall of Fame Inductees.
- Candidates must have attended the Academy of Idaho, Idaho Technical Institute, University of Idaho Southern Branch, Idaho State College or Idaho State University for at least two years.
- Candidate must have excelled in one of the intercollegiate sports program.
- Candidate must have been out of school for at least 10 years.
- Special exceptions to this requirement may be granted for exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Committee, (i.e. for timing of the recognition for individual or ISU purposes, for international or worldwide acclaim, etc.)
Lifetime Achievement Award Qualifications:
The ISU Sports Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award is a special recognition for those individuals whom the Committee, acting on behalf of all ISU Sports Hall of Fame inductees, deemed to have made a significant contribution, achievement, or have rendered outstanding service over their lifetime to ISU sports and athletes.
Lifetime Achievement recipients are not considered inductees into the ISU Sports Hall of Fame but are deserving of special tribute and preservation of their memory by the ISU Sports Hall of Fame inductees for their longtime and substantial contribution or service to ISU sports and athletes. To be considered for nomination a prospective candidate must meet the following criteria:
- Be an individual who has continued over his/her lifetime to make lasting contributions to, and continues to be identified and associated with, ISU sports and athletes.
- Be an individual of integrity and good character that brings honor and distinction to ISU sports and athletes.
This award may include athletic directors, coaches, trainers, administrators, contributors, sportscasters, and others deserving of special recognition for exceptional and lasting achievement or service.
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