Another stellar class of coaches and athletes will be inducted into the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame next month.
This year’s five inductees are former Post Falls and Lewiston football coach Nick Menegas; former Coeur d’Alene and Lake City girls basketball coach Dave Fealko; former Post Falls and Seattle Seahawks football player Joe Tofflemire; longtime girls basketball coach David Snodgrass; and former Kellogg and North Idaho College basketball player Don Rinaldi.
They will be inducted April 14 at the 50th annual North Idaho Sports Banquet at the Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn. Also honored that night will be the top athletes, coaches and teams from the past year.
Menegas, a 1972 Shadle Park graduate, coached at Post Falls from 1978 to 1985, leading the Trojans to six league titles and one state runner-up finish. At Lewiston, he was coach from 1986 to 1999. Two teams captured state championships. After taking a year off, he returned as offensive coordinator from 2000-07. His overall record was 210-63-4 with 19 playoff appearances in 23 years, including 16 league titles, eight semifinal appearances and five state title games.
Snodgrass, 64, has been a girls basketball coach since 1975 at Highland (Craigmont), Clearwater Valley, Prairie and most recently Nezperce. Going into this season he had an overall record of 500-212 with three state titles.
Fealko, 64, was a starter on Mullan’s 1965 state championship team and went on to play at the University of Idaho. He coached 16 years at Coeur d’Alene and had two one-year stints at Lake City. He coached CdA to four state titles and LC to one. His career record is 320-125.
Tofflemire, a 1983 Post Falls graduate, died last fall. He was an all-state center as a junior and senior and a four-year starter at the University of Arizona. He was named to the all-Pac-10 team three times and was an All-American his junior and senior years.
He was drafted by the Seahawks with the 44th overall pick in 1989 and played seven seasons before retiring.
Rinaldi, 81, was a three-sport athlete at Kellogg before playing basketball at NIC. He went on to referee high school basketball and football for more than 20 years. He also officiated in the Big Sky Conference.