2009 Hall of Fame

2009 Hall of Fame

Inaugural Class



Nampa High School inducted seven individuals, three coaches, one citizen and one team into the inaugural NHS Hall of Fame.  The ceremony will took place at 6:30 on October 9th, 2009, prior to Nampa’s homecoming football game.





J. A. “Babe” Brown (Posthumously)


Babe Brown coached at NHS from 1947 to 1955.  He is the all time leader in football wins by any coach at Nampa with a lifetime record of 56 wins, 19 losses and two ties.  He had one undefeated season in 1949 and was the Big Six Champions and in 1954 was the Big 10 Champions with a 7-1 record.  Coach Brown was noted for always having his faithful dog that stayed by his side during practices.



Rollie Lane


Coach Lane was the Head Wrestling coach at NHS for 16 years.  He was a five time District III Wrestling Coach of the Year, and two times Idaho State Wrestling Coach of the Year.  He posted a 187-13 record that included nine district titles and four state championships.  He coached 21 Idaho State champions, which included his sons, K.C and Kip, and 77 state placers.  Coach Lane is an active Member of the Idaho Wrestling Hall of Fame and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

He was also an assistant football coach for 10 years and on the staff of the 1984 State Football Champions.


Rollie is retired and resides in Wilder, Idaho.



Leon Long


Coach Long worked at Nampa for 31 years.  His coaching duties were seven years as assistant sophomore football coach, 19 years as head sophomore football coach, 20 years as Head Baseball coach and 12 years as Athletic Director.


Special Honors include a finalist for National Coach of the Year in 1986, Idaho State Coach of the Year in 1982.  He was selected twice for the All Star coach vs Utah and the United States Baseball Federation State Coach of the Year in 1988.


Coach Long won two state championships, one runner-up, four time state semi-finalist, six League Champions and 6 District III Championships.  His all time record is 429 wins, 203 losses.


Mike Long, Leon’s son has this reflection of his Dad.


“When reflecting on Nampa High School Athletics, my dad is one of the names on a short list of individuals who dedicated their careers to building a successful athletic department.  My father dedicated his career to building pride in programs through performance excellence, committed to setting the bar high for student athletes, and then delivering results.  More importantly, my father taught student athletes the necessary life skills to flourish in their professional and personal lives which why his list of alumni include, business owners, physicians, attorneys, accountants, consultants and executives.  The excellence he demanded of his student athletes translated into similar expectations as his alumni pursued leadership in business, community, and civic endeavors.  While there are others on this short list equally deserving of recognition, none are more deserving than my father.  My father is and always will be a bulldog.”


Leon is retired and lives in Nampa.



Individuals Athletes:


“Hal” Murray


Hal Murray attended NHS from 1955-1958.  He participated four years in baseball, four years in Track, 3 years in football, and two years in basketball.  He played football for Babe Brown his sophomore year.


Hal was selected as All State in Football two years, All State in Baseball, West All American Team in Football, Teen Magazine All American in Football, Wig Wam All American in Football.  He held yardage records in football his senior year that included over 100 yards in each game, and held the record in the 100 yard dash in track.


Hal resides in Nampa.


Victor Barrera


Victor attended NHS from 1975-1978.  A few of his awards while a student at NHS included; 1976 Sophomore Class Vice President, 1976 Nampa Free Press Athlete of the Week, 1976 Mr. Potential Award Nampa High, 1976, placed 9th in State in Cross Country, the only sophomore that placed, the rest were Juniors and Seniors.  1976 High School All American, 1978 Captain Guts Award, 1978 placed fourth in State in Cross Country, December 1978, Nampa Exchange Club Student of the Month, 1978 one of seven team members of the undefeated State Champion Cross Country team.


Victor lives in Nampa and is Vice President/Branch Manager for Zions Bank.




Paul W. Hanssen (Posthumously)   Received by his father, Lavern Hanssen.


Paul attend NHS from 1986-1989.  He graduated with honors in May 1989.  Paul participated in Soccer for three years, Basketball for three years and baseball for three years.


His sophomore year, the JV soccer team were league champions.  The 1988 he helped the varsity soccer team win a State Championship, and in 1989 they were District III champions and Third at State.  In 1988, Paul was given the Most Improved Award in basketball, 1989 was Most Inspirational, and the Captains Award.  His senior year he received the Academic Athlete Award and The Burke Huddleston Award.


Paul was also involved the National Honor Society, Interact Club, Student Council, Junior Achievement, and the Foreign Language Play.


Paul graduated from the University of Texas-Austin in 1993 with a degree in Finance.  While attending UT, he competed in intramural sports, particularly basketball, and became a proud “Texas Longhorn” supporter and alumni.


Following graduation, Paul was employed as a Financial Analyst in the Merger and Acquisitions Group at J.P. Morgan/Chase Bank and after two years, was promoted to an Associate.


Paul died in a drowning accident in July 1998.  The Hanssen family decided to establish the Paul Hanssen Memorial Scholarship at Nampa High School that is funded indefinitely from Paul’s estate.  The Scholarship is awarded each year to the top graduating male and female academic athlete in recognition of the rare combination of excellence in the classroom and in the competitive arena of sports.



Shawn Turner


Shawn attended NHS from 1989-1992.  Shawn lettered three years in football, two years in basketball, and three years in Track.  Shawn holds won five State Championships in Track events, seven District Championships in Track.  He was Bulldog of the Year in 1991, Art Keck Outstanding Athlete in 1992.  MVP in Basketball 1992, 1st Team All SIC in Football 2 times,  1st Team All SIC in Basketball 2 times.  Started all 36 games in Football during his High School Career. 


Shawn was offered numerous football scholarships but chose Utah State University where he was a four years as a Wide Receiver and participated in Track.  Shawn was 1st Team Big West Conference two years, at one time he lead the nation in total receiving yards in 1996.  In Track, Shawn was the Big West Conference 400 meter champion and scored the most individual points in 1996.


Shawn played for the New England Patriots from 1997-1999 and the Denver Broncos from 1999-2000.  He played in the American Bowl in Mexico City against the Dallas Cowboys and the American Bowl in Australia against the San Diego Chargers.


Shawn lives in Nampa.









Willie Alderson


Willie attended NHS from 1993-1996.  Willie participated in football, basketball and track.  In 1995, Willie was 1st team All SIC in football, 1st Team All State in football and the 1995 Player of the Year in football.  Willie still holds the touchdown record with 34 touchdowns his senior year and 3100 all purpose yards. 

His track accomplishment included a State Championship in Long Jump, 4th place in the 200 meter open and 5th in the 4 x 1 relay.

Willie was an SIC All Academic athlete and an Honor student.

Willie went on to play to play four years at the University of Idaho where he was a 1st Team All Conference running back and a Doug Walker Award candidate.  Willie was the MVP in the Humanitarian Bowl when U of I beat Boise State University.  He went on to play one season with the BC Lions in Canada.


Willie recently moved back to Nampa and is working on his teaching certification at NNU.


Tonna (Woolery) Marek


Tonna attended NHS from 1992-1995.  She played three years of varsity basketball, two years of Golf and one year of varsity Softball.  Tonna was SIC All Conference for her three years in basketball.  She set records for Highest Points per Game in 94-95, most assist in one season with 106, 94-95, and she is in the top 10 scorers (#4) with 872 points in 71 games for an 11.1 PPG average.  #2 in career assists with 282 in 71 games, #1 all time in steals with 245.  #5 all time in 3 point shots with 74 in 71 games.


Tonna attended Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma on a full basketball scholarship.  While at SNU, her team won two NAIA National Championships and was runner-up two years.  Tonna was All Conference Player of the Year, National Tournament “Hustle Player Award”, All American her senior year, 1999.


Tonna is currently a Corporal in the Nampa Police Department where she has served for 10 years.  She resides in Wilder, Idaho.


Alysson Kollmann


Alysson attended NHS from 1995-1999.  Alysson lettered in three years in volleyball, four years in basketball, and three years in softball.


In Basketball, Alysson was 1st Team All Conference, Team Capitan and set single season records for most points in 96-97 and 98-99 with 397 and 352 respectfully.  She set the Highest PPG in 96-97 with 14.2 ppg and broke it the next year with 14.7 ppg.  That record held up for several years.  Alysson set the best Free Throw for 98-99 with .762 % and is # 2 on the all time scoring record with 941 points which includes sitting out one year due to a torn ACL.  She is #6 all time on blocked shots, #2 all time rebounder, #2 all time in steals.

Other awards, Alysson was 1st team ALL SIC in volleyball and selected to play in the Softball Senior All Star Game.

Alysson played college basketball at NNU where she helped lead her team to the NAIA National Tournament two years and the NCAA Division III National tournament two years.   Alysson was selected as an NCCAA All American, 2001 Pac West “Newcomer of the Year’, 2002 GNAC All Conference 1st Team, 02-03 NNU Hopkins/Humphrey Female Athlete of the Year.

Alysson lives in Nampa and is a dental technician.





1978 Undefeated Men’s Cross Country


Team members, Vincent Veloz, Anthony Maestas, Russ Purcell, Victor Barrera, Ruben Munoz, Jeremiah Blalock, Scott Webb, Fred Birt.  Coached by Gary Tipton and Juan Lopez.


This team was the first team in Idaho history to go undefeated.  Eight first place finishes and a state championship.  The October 1978 issue of Runners World magazine named Nampa as the team to beat in Idaho.  It never happened.



Citizen-Bulldog Supporter


Bill Lofholm


Bill has been a long time supporter for Nampa High School.  He occupies his traditional “spot” in the center of the upper deck in the gymnasium for volleyball, girls and boys basketball, attends the home football games and for several years was a permanent fixture at Rodeo Park during NHS baseball games.  The baseball field at Rodeo Park is now named after him in honor of his support for Legion baseball and the years of service he has given to maintain the field.


Bill has been the Number One fan of the NHS Marching Band.  He donated a trophy case that is displayed in the gym foyer with pictures of their District III championships over the past five years.


Mr. Lofholm has provided financial support to several teams, served on countless committees and is a visible figure at monthly school board meetings.  At a young “96” years, Bill is still our “number one fan”.

Bill lives in Nampa.