Chris Tormey Hall of Fame
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 05/12/2007
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Chris Tormey had three stints with the Vandal football squad, one as a player, one as an assistant coach and one as head coach. A linebacker for the Vandals from 1973-76, Tormey was an All-Big Sky honoree in 1976 after helping lead the team to a second-place finish in the Big Sky and a 7-4 overall record. As an assistant coach in 1982-83, he coached the defensive line of Idaho’s 9-4 NCAA playoff team of 1982. Tormey will probably best be remembered for his time as the head coach at Idaho from 1995-99, when he led the Vandals to their first and only bowl game and a huge upset victory over Southern Mississippi. Vandal fans all remember Tormey’s gutsy call to go for two in overtime to beat Boise State and clinch the bowl berth. One year later, Tormey led the Vandals to a 28-17 victory over Washington State, giving the Vandals their first victory over the Cougars since 1965. In five years at Idaho, Tormey compiled a 33-23 overall record for a .589 win percentage, fourth-best in Idaho history.

 

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