Goeltz reflects on 35 years of college coaching


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 Bobby Goeltz still wakes up thinking about contacting recruits and which meetings he has scheduled for the day. After 35 years as a collegiate tennis coach, his routine doesn’t die easy.   

Goeltz retired from coaching July 20 after 25 years at the helm of Idaho State’s men’s and women’s tennis programs. He was at Maryland for 10 years before that, and at age 68, he said it was time to step away from the game he started playing 59 years ago.    The timing was right, but the lifestyle change hasn’t set in yet.   

“When you do something for 35 years, it’s going to become ingrained in you,” Goeltz said.  Goeltz’s wife, Betsy, also retired this year, which Goeltz cited as a major factor in his decision. He has a daughter in St. Louis and a son in San Francisco with two granddaughters in each city. Goeltz has traveled plenty in his career, but now he gets to go where he wants, when he wants.  

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“Danny Collins” at ISU Saturday, with Al Pacino

Al Pacino stars in “”Danny Collins” playing this Saturday, August 1, at 4, 6, & 8 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at ISU.  Based on a true story, when an aging rock star discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon, he sets out to rediscover his life and those he left behind. The Associated Press writes, “A redemption story doesn’t always need to show the blood. This film gets the point across without pretense, and its closing scene, alone, is worth the price of admission.” (Rated R) Admission is $2 for the public or $1 for ISU students. For more information and trailer, go to  www.pocatellofilmsociety.com/danny.

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Bengals earn academic honors

Idaho State men’s basketball players Evann Hall, Chris Hansen, Ben Wilson and Erik Nakken were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court. The Bengals were one of 12 Division I programs to have four players or more receive the honor.   

To earn the honor, the player must have had a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year, been a junior or senior academically and a varsity athlete.   

Hansen, an ISU grad, majored in exercise science. Hall and Wilson, both seniors, are studying marketing and incoming senior Erik Nakken is majoring in biomedical science.    The NABC recognized a record 1,000 student-athletes from more than 350 colleges and universities at the NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA Division I or II levels. Of the 350 colleges and universities, 74 were Division I schools.   

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Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ coming to ISU Quad

POCATELLO — Montana Shakespeare in the Parks recently performed the classic “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand on Thursday, and will perform Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” today, starting at 6:30 p.m. on the Idaho State University Quad. Admission is free and open to the public.   

This is the 10th year that the Pocatello Arts Council has sponsored MSIP, and performances usually draw up to 600 people.   Plan to arrive early, before the 6:30 p.m. curtain time, with chairs, blankets, a picnic supper and friends and family to enjoy the evening. If there is inclement weather, the performance will be in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.   

“We are excited to extend our reach to Pocatello again this year, as we maintain the tradition of bringing free Shakespeare to audiences across Montana and its surrounding states,” said Kevin Asselin, artistic director of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. “We are thankful to all of our tour coordinators who help us share the gift of Shakespeare with their communities.”   

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Big Sky basketball media day date, place set


The Big Sky Conference will host its first men’s and women’s basketball media day in over a decade Oct. 5 in Reno, Nevada. Men’s and women’s coaches from all 12 Big Sky schools will be available for media questions from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mountain time.   

Reno will be the site of the 2016 Big Sky Conference men’s and women’s basketball championships March 7-12 at the Reno Events Center. All 12 conference teams will qualify for the tournament.   

“We’re excited to bring the coaches, administrators and media members to Reno, the host city for the Big Sky Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship,” said Big Sky Deputy Commissioner Ron Loghry. “This will be not only be a tip-off for the upcoming season, but for the next three years.”  

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Finney named to national player of the year watch list



Idaho State running back Xavier Finney was one of 32 players Monday named to the College Football Performance Awards 2015 FCS National Performer of the Year Watch List.    Finney is coming off a record-breaking junior campaign where he was a firstteam All-Big Sky performer after rushing for 1,495 yards and 14 touchdowns.   

The senior was recently named to the Big Sky Preseason All-Conference team along with Bengal teammates Christian Diehm, Madison Mangum, Tyler Kuder, Mario Jenkins and Taison Manu.     

Finney was at the center of ISU’s turnaround a season ago. The Bengals had their first winning season 2003 and finished the year ranked No. 25 in the nation.   

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Eakins settling into role as head of ISU public safety

Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal Lewis Eakins, Idaho State University’s director of public safety, says he’s acclimating nicely to his new role.

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Lewis Eakins, Idaho State University’s director of public safety, says he’s acclimating nicely to his new role.

By Debbie Bryce

For the Journal

  POCATELLO — Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Lewis Eakins said it was the diversity of both the campus and Southeast Idaho that led him to accept his new position as the director of public safety at Idaho State University.

Eakins last post before coming to ISU was at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, and he brings 38 years of experience in law enforcement, private investigation and security with him.

ISU’s ranking as one of the top 10 safest campuses in the country also played a role in Eakins’ decision, along with the staff that he encountered in the public safety office during an earlier visit to the campus.

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Bengals soccer hire new assistant from Lamar


Idaho State soccer coach Allison Gibson announced the hiring of Chris “Topper” Cogan as an assistant coach Thursday. Cogan spent the previous three years as an assistant coach at Lamar.   

“I am excited to have Topper and his family join our program,” Gibson said. “He comes highly recommended from colleagues I trust, and his expertise of the game is outstanding.”   

While at Lamar, the program in Beaumont, Texas, set records for goals in a season, fewest goals allowed in a season and appeared in the conference championship match for the first time in school history. Cogan also served as the head coach of a professional indoor soccer team, Oxford City F.C. of Texas since 2014.    

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