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North Idaho Hall of Fame
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 04/15/2013
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Several individuals were recognized by the North Idaho Hall of Fame on Saturday for their contributions to Vandal athletics. Idaho women’s basketball coach Jon Newlee was selected as the North Idaho Hall of Fame’s College Coach of the Year, while Idaho men’s basketball player Kyle Barone was the Male College Athlete of the Year. Former Idaho football greats Eric Yarber and Steve Buratto and Vandal booster Bud Ford were inducted into the Hall of Fame as well.

“It is nice to see a long-time Vandal supporter, Bud Ford, recognized for his 62 years of service and to see our deserving athletes and coaches, specifically Kyle Barone and Jon Newlee, acknowledged for their accomplishments,” Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear said.

Newlee led Idaho to the program’s first Western Athletic Conference championship, first NCAA tournament appearance since 1985 and first winning record since 2004-05. Newlee’s Vandals won 11 of their last 15 games entering the NCAA tournament and set the program record for 3-pointers made in a season. The 2012-13 Vandals featured two all-WAC selections, on WAC all-freshman teamer, two WAC all-tournament team selections and the WAC tournament MVP. The Vandals faced eventual national champion Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Barone, WAC Player of the Year in 2012-13 and an honorable mention All-American, averaged 17.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks per game. The 6-foot-10 center shot 59.7 percent from the field and 78.2 percent from the free throw line, and racked up 516 points and 291 rebounds in 2012-13. He leaves Idaho as the program’s career leader with 126 games played, and ranks fourth with 1,433 career points and second with 869 career rebounds.

Yarber played football for the Vandals in 1984 and 1985 for head coach Dennis Erickson. He was Big Sky Conference MVP and a Kodak All-American in 1985. He was later selected in the 1986 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins, where he won Super Bowl XXII in 1988. Yarber began his coaching career at Idaho in 1996 under Chris Tormey. Yarber, who is now the wide receivers coach at UCLA, had NFL coaching stops with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and college stops at Arizona State, Washington, Oregon State, and UNLV in addition to Idaho.

Burrato played center for Idaho from 1963 to 1965 under head coach Dee Andros. He coached collegiately under head coach Tony Knap in the 1970’s before beginning a successful CFL coaching career. Burrato became the offensive line coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1980 and quickly climbed up the coaching ranks. He was hired as defensive coordinator for the B.C. Lions in 1983 and head coach of the Calgary Stampeders in 1984. Burrato then made assistant coaching stops for B.C., Saskatchewan and Baltimore during the late 1980’s and 1990’s, and in 2000 became the head coach of the B.C. Lions, where he won the 2000 Grey Cup.

Bud Ford donated generously to the Kibbie Dome premium seating project with the Bud and June Ford Club Room. Ford has lived in Coeur d’Alene since childhood. He has been active in sports as an athlete, official, coach, and supporter. As a member of Coeur d’Alene High School class of 1948, Bud Ford lettered in four sports: Basketball, 4 years; Track and Football, 3 years; and Baseball 2 years. He served as President of North Idaho College Booster Club in 1963-64.  He has also been active in CHS Quarterback Club and Vandal Scholarship Fund by his involvement and financial support. 

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