Alan Head
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 05/02/2007
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Alan Head was a two-sport athlete for the Vandals in football and baseball from 1970-73. Head helped the Vandal football squad take home the 1971 Big Sky title after going 8-3 overall and 4-1 in Big Sky games.


He was one of the greatest baseball players ever at Idaho.


On Jan. 4, 1975, he was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association as the recipient of the Big Stick Award. He led District 7 in batting in 1974 with an average of .459, which was second in the nation. It was the second time in his career that he was second in the nation in batting average (he hit .452 in 1973).


The late John G. Smith, Head's coach, had this to say at the time: "Alan is most deserving of this honor. He's one of the greatest to wear an Idaho uniform. One of the most gratifying evens of my coaching career was the opportunity to be associated with him."


Head set six all-time UI records - best single-season batting average (.459, 1974), career average (.444), RBIs (124), home runs (22) and hits (157). He played in the outfield and at second base. He as the Vandals MVP as a senior.


Originally recruited to Idaho to play football, he opted to focus on baseball after one season as a receiver (he had six receptions).






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