Wish Coach Robb Akey the best. Idin Here is your first Forum Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:51 am
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The preseason suspension of Idaho center Kyle Barone must have really hurt the Vandal men basketball team who have been picked to finish sixth and fifth in the coaches and media polls respectively.
The Vandal women team also slipped lower than we projected finishing fifth and sixth in the coaches and media polls respectively.
Three bright spots did arise from the polls though for the Vandals, with three players receiving all WAC honors. For the men, Barone was picked as a first team member in both polls after finishing last season as a second team all WAC selection. On the women team, junior forward Alyssa Charlston was a first team selection in both polls, while sophomore guard Krissy Karr received second team placement in both.
"The President (Duane Nellis) and I believe it is important to make this move now so we can immediately begin the process of hiring a new coach for the 2013 season," Athletic Director Rob Spear said. "We appreciate Coach Akey's enthusiasm and dedication to the University of Idaho but this is the right move at this time."
The termination comes on the heels of Akey's 70th game as coach of the Vandals, a 70 28 loss at La. Tech. Akey is 20 50 in his five and a half seasons with Idaho and 1 7 this season. The extension was set to extend through 2014. Per terms of the agreement, if terminated, Akey would receive his base annual salary of$165,796.80 per year "until the terms of this agreement ends or until (Akey) obtains employment, which occursfirst."
In Akey's third season with the Vandals, he led the team to a 8 5 record which included a Humanitarian Bowl victory, Idaho's second ever bowl victory.
Notable players to play under Akey include San Francisco 49ers left guard Mike Iupati, Houston Texans safety Shiloh Keo and former Chicago Bears quarterback Nathan Enderle.
Idaho starting quarterback Dominique Blackman along with other Vandals took to Twitter following Akey's termination to express their feelings. I can say as a team we played for him. Great coach/mentor who truly cared for his players. Still a lot of coaching left in him I hope.
Wish Coach Robb Akey the best. Idaho won bowl game in 09, Vandals became our team. Been a rough stretch for a good guy. Nolte
Gesser, who has been on the Idaho staff for two seasons, spent time as a quarterback in the NFL and Canadian Football League after playing his college Women's John Brown Jersey football at Washington State. Before coming to Idaho, Gesser coached the Eastside Catholic High School Crusaders from Sammamish, Wash., for two seasons.