2010 Hall of Fame

2010 NHS Hall of Fame


Nampa High School inducted 10 individuals, three coaches, one citizen couple and one team into the 2nd year of the NHS Hall of Fame.  The ceremony took place at 6:30 on October 1st, 2010, prior to Nampa’s homecoming football game.





Merrill Anderson




Merrill was born in Rupert, Idaho.  He graduated from Rupert High School in 1954, and from there, attended Arizona State, Idaho State and Magic Valley Christian College where he completed his teaching degree.  It was there, he met his wife, Arnetha, and they will be celebrating their 48th wedding anniversary next month.  Merrill came to the Nampa School District in 1963, teaching at Central Junior High.  His teaching duties included science, Physical science and English.  His coaching duties were football, basketball and sophomore baseball. 

In 1967, Mr. Anderson became a teacher and coach at Nampa High School, teaching government and history while coaching football, basketball and baseball.  In 1971, Merrill became the varsity basketball coach.  He led the team to the state tournament for three of the five years he was head coach.

In 1976, he moved into administration at West Junior High for 8 years.  He became an Assistant Principal for Nampa High School and served as interim Superintendent for the Nampa School District and remained in the District Office as Assistant Superintendent until his retirement.  In all, Mr. Anderson was in the Nampa School District for 37 years.



Terry Adolfson




Terry came to Nampa High School in 1980 after 5 years as the head basketball coach at Buhl High School.   During his 9 years at the helm, the Bulldogs made three state tournament appearances; including back to back years in 1984-85 and 85-86 then again in 87-88.  He resigned his position as Basketball Coach in 1989.   While in the Nampa School District, he also held the position of Head Golf Coach, along with helping coach football for a year at NHS.


Terry spent 6 years as the head coach in Hood River, Oregon in the 1990’s.  In 1997 he returned to Idaho as a High School Principal and returned to Nampa School District as the principal of East Valley Middle School in 2003 until his retirement in 2009. 


In 20 years of being a head coach, Terry has had 10 state tournament teams including;


1 State Championship

1 Runner up finish

1 3rd place finish

1 4th place finish

3 5th place finishes


Terry and his wife Debra have three children.  Todd (wife Tonya), Brad, and Jim (wife Amy).   He also has 4 grandchildren.




Rod Stearns




Rod grew up in Nampa, graduating from Nampa High School in 1969.  He lettered in football, basketball and baseball.


Rod went on to play Football at Boise State from 1969-1972 and became a Graduate Assistant Football coach at BSU from 1972-1975 under Tony Knap coaching wide receivers.  He graduated from Boise State with a degree in Business Administration in 1974, and acquired teaching certificate in 1975. 


He is in the process of completing his 33rd year in Education.  Nine of those years were spent in the Middleton School District, teaching Business Education and coaching both varsity football and baseball.  He was the head baseball coach from 1980-1986.


Rod returned to his alma mater in 1986, and coached varsity football for 15 years, serving as Offensive Coordinator between the years of 1994 and 2001.   He also served as an assistant baseball coach in the early 1990’s and was an instructor in Business Technology and Economics.


Mr. Stearns acquired his present position as Nampa School District Professional Technical Education Coordinator and Administrator of the Idaho Center for Advanced Technology Professional Technical School in, 2006.


Rod has been married for 37 years to his wife, Sherry.  They have a son and daughter:   Ryan and wife Dani, and Rachel and husband Aaron Canfield.  He also has three grand daughters and one grandson.






Individuals Athletes:


Dan Steward




Dan attended Nampa High School from 1965-1968.  During his career, he lettered in basketball three years, baseball three years and football one year.  In football, Dan started as a senior and was selected as All Conference on Defense.  Basketball, he was team captain his junior and senior year, All Conference Honorable Mention as a junior, hardest worker award his junior year, Outstanding Player Award, Senior year, leading scorer, senior year, All Conference, All State and Honorable Mention High School All-American his senior year.

Dan was in Honor society his last two years, Junior Class President, ASB student body president, senior year, Top 15 Graduate and Babe Brown Outstanding Athlete of the Year his senior year.  Dan went on to play basketball for Washington State University where he was the leading scorer his freshman year, three year starter, team captain, leading scorer as a senior, Pac 8 Student Athlete Award for WSU, senior year, All Pac-8 Team Third Selection as a senior.

Dan was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics in 1972, Portland Trailblazer Tryout in 1973 and was on the National Amateur Basketball Association Champion in 1974.

Mr. Stewart was a head basketball coach for 14 years, 9 of them were boy’s teams and 5 girl’s teams.  His teams were district qualifiers all 14 years and qualified for state 7 times.  He was a classroom teacher for 11 years, school administrator for 15 years and District Assistant Superintendent 7 years.

Dan has been married 40 years. Dan has two adult children and three grandchildren.



Steve Hills 




Steve Hills attended Nampa High School from 1970 to 1973.  He lettered in Cross Country in 69, 70, 71, and 72.  He earned track letters in 71, 72, and 73.  Steve was a District Champion in Cross Country, in 1972 and 2nd at state in 1972.  In 1971, he was 2nd at district in the two mile, and was first in the two mile in 1973 while finishing 2nd at state that year. 


Steve was captain of NNU track in 1977 and 78.  NNU Hall of Fame,  NAIA District II Hall of Fame, four time Mile/1500 District II NAIA Champion, 800 meter champion in 1978, All District Cross Country in 1977, two time indoor NAIA All-American  and two time Outdoor NAIA All-American. 


Steve still holds Nampa High School mile record of 4:16.  He holds NNU records in the 1500, 800, and the 4 x 400 Relay.

Steve resides in Aloha, Oregon with his wife, Lisa and they have two daughters that have continued the running tradition of their dad.  Steve has worked for NIKE for 33 years and is currently in charge of apparel for NIKE worldwide.  He has volunteered as a Cross Country and Track coach for Sherwood High School and Southwest Christian High School.

Steve commented:  I grew up a Bulldog and still consider myself a Bulldog.  This is truly an honor I will cherish.  I am additionally honored to be inducted with my high school teammate, Terry Davenport.  Also, Myron Finkbeiner and Jay Dean (1950 Basketball team being inducted tonight), played for my father, Orrin Hills.  It’s nice to be amongst so many names that I know and admire. 


Terry Davenport




Terry attended Nampa High School from 1971-1974.  He lettered in Track all three years and in Cross Country in 1973.  At the “Meet of Champions” 1974 at the Idaho State University minidome, he was named “Most Outstanding Athlete”.  Boise Relays, 1974, named “Most Outstanding Athlete”.  “Babe Brown”, Most Outstanding Athlete, 1974. 

His junior year at the Idaho State Track meet, he placed 2nd in high jump, 1st in triple jump.  He holds the Nampa High School record in the High Jump (6’7 1/2”), Triple Jump (47’ 6 ¾”) and Long Jump (23’ 9 ¼”).  At the end of the 1974 indoor season, Terry’s 47’ 4” jump was the 4th best in the nation.  Terry set the first state record in the state triple jump.

He went to University of Texas on a full track scholarship and became the team captain in 1978 and 1979.  In 1977, Terry jumped 7’ 1” to win the Southwest Conference title and competed in the NCAA championship. 

In 1991, Terry graduated from Pomona College of Medicine.  He served 7 years as an Army physician.  Terry and his wife, son and daughter, reside in St. Maries, Idaho where he has been in family medicine practice since 1998.


A note of interest:  after the dual meet season in 1974, Terry not only won all the invitational meets (Nampa Invitational, Boise Relays, SIC Conference Meet and the District Meet) in High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump, but he set a meet record in each.  Also, prior to the state meet on a Wednesday work out, Terry got spiked and it required 6 stitches along his Achilles tendon.  He went on to win the High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump plus the medley relay that weekend to help his team to a 2nd place finish in state.









Scott Lively




Scott attended Nampa High from 1976 to 1979.  Scott played football, basketball and baseball at Nampa High.  In those years attending Nampa High, Scott was named honorable mentioned all state his sophomore year and 1st team all state his senior year in football.  He was also 1st team all state in baseball his senior year.  After high school Scott attended Willamette University on a baseball scholarship.  Scott really loved sports and starting coaching little guy football and little league baseball soon after college.  He coached a baseball team in Montana that won the state championship and went to San Bernardino for the regional tournament.  When he moved back to Nampa he coached freshmen and varsity football at Columbia High School.  Scott is married to Leana Shaw Lively from Ontario, Oregon.  They have 2 boys Jake and Zack Lively.  Both boys played sports at Skyview High School.  Jake now owns MVP Sportz and Zack is an actor in Los Angeles.  Scott has stayed in the sporting goods industry where he now works for Rawlings Sporting Goods.


Nikki Trautman




Nikki is not an ordinary performer.  Her stories of accomplishments include many firsts, such as, being one of the first girls to play boys Babe Ruth baseball and then making the All Star team, being recruited to play on the Nampa West Junior High’s 9th grade Boys Basketball team.  Her coach, Bob Ecker, said that Nikki was an athlete that was “ahead of her time”.  Nikki also played on the first Idaho Women’s Semi Professional Tackle football team.  She played tight end for the Boise Xtreme and was named to the regional All Star Team. 

Nikki was selected as the top Nampa High Female Athlete in 1980.  She competed in basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis and football.  Nikki started on the basketball team as a freshman and continued to start through her senior year.  Nikki had an amazing time playing under a favorite coach, LaVeta Sweatt.  The highlight of the team’s career was beating Borah their senior year for the District Championship and a second place finish at state.  Nikki went on to play basketball at NNU, starting as a freshman and sophomore until she suffered a career ending injury.

Nikki enjoyed playing varsity tennis all three years of high school, making it to state her senior with her doubles partner, Kim Palmer.  They took 3rd place at state.  She also had the unique opportunity to be the ball girl for Chris Everett Lloyd.

Another memory includes playing powder puff football her junior and senior years, leading the team as quarterback. 

Nikki also excelled in softball even though it was cut for the schools during her junior high years.  She went on to play women’s class A softball for another Nampa High grad, the late Rich Titus.  During her softball career, her teams won 15 district championships, 6 state tournament, 1 Regional championship, a 3rd and 5th place national finish.  Nikki was a 2 time All American softball player and won many MVP awards or highest batting average awards.

Nikki athletic competitiveness carried over to other areas of her life.  She was in the top 5% of her class at Nampa High, went to get an accounting degree from NNU/BSU.  She became the Financial Accounting Manager at Micron then changed her career to the field of real estate and was named to the Caldwell Board of Realtor’s Rookie of the Year in 2003 and Top Producer in 2004-2009.

Nikki continues to be involved with her Nampa High classmates and has coordinated 3 class reunions.  Nikki lives in the treasure valley and has 2 daughters.


Nikki commented, “to be inducted into the Nampa High Athletic Hall of Fame is beyond a dream come true!”


Jeff Anderson




Jeff attended Nampa High School from 1977-1980.  While at NHS, Jeff lettered three years in football, 2 years on basketball and 3 years in baseball.  His junior year, Jeff was the Boise Valley League MVP and his senior year; he was a finalist for the Idaho Amateur Athlete of the Year.  Jeff was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 30th round of the baseball draft.  He signed a Letter of Intent to receive a baseball scholarship to the University of Nebraska.


Jeff was selected as an All Conference Pitcher in the Big “8” Conference.  Drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 20th round and played in the White Sox organization for three years before injuries forced him out of baseball.


Jeff spent three years as the pitching coach for Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock Texas, was a teacher/head baseball coach at Muleshoe Texas High school and returned home to teach at Nampa High school for four years.  He assisted NNU’s baseball team as a pitching coach for three years, was the golf coach at Skyview High School for 7 years, winning a state girls golf championship in 2002.  Jeff has owned and operated Anderson Design, Inc for over 17 years, and has served n the board for the Nampa Valley Little League for 8 years.  Jeff currently is teaching at South Middle School and serves as the pitching coach for Skyview High School.  Jeff Recently published a book titled “Go the Distance” –Professional Pitching Instruction in Your Backyard.

Jeff also gives private pitching instruction to kids throughout the Boise Valley.









Kim Cotterell




Kim attended Nampa High School from 1979 to 1982.  However, she played varsity tennis as a freshman before Nampa was a four high school.  Her coach, Rusty Taylor, picked her up at South Junior High each day for practice.  She was the #1 singles player for four years making it to state all four years, winning the state championship her senior year.  She was also selected to the All State Team four years and left high school with a National ranking in the top 25.


Kim was also a starter on the basketball team all three years, and two time all state player.  She was the Idaho basketball player of the year her junior year and played in the state championship games her junior and senior year.


Kim had over 100 Division 1 colleges contact her about tennis or basketball but ultimately chose to play basketball at BYU.  Unfortunately, a knee injury her freshman year before she got to play a game, ended her basketball career.


Kim lived in Los Angeles for 18 years.  Her pride and joy, her three children, Ashlee, Whitnee and Colt.  Ashlee was a child actor so Mom managed here acting career.  She was also a High School All American basketball player and went on to play basketball for Ohio State University.  Whitnee will bring Kim’s first grandchild in February.


Kim has been a private men’s/women’s basketball trainer in the Southern California area for 15 years, producing several Division 1 and WNBA/NBA players.


Kim moved back to her hometown three years ago.  She is currently very successful at doing NOTHING and enjoying it immensely.


Kim says:  I am incredibly humbled and grateful tonight and proud to be a BULLDOG!   





Rob Morris




Rob Morris attended Nampa High School from 1990-1993.  Rob participated in football, basketball and track, earning letters in all three sports.  His senior year in football, Rob gained 1,553 yards as a fullback, averaging more that six yards per carry.  Rob had two games that he gained 245 yards and 253 yards.  He was named first team All State two years and was a USA Today All-American.  Rob was recruited by many NCAA schools, including Stanford and BYU.  Rob chose to play at BYU.  While playing for BYU, Rob was ultimately moved to middle linebacker where he thrived. 


In 1997 and 1998, he was All WAC Linebacker, 1998, WAC Defensive Player of the Year, WAC All-Academic, Football News All-American, and Liberty Bowl Defensive MVP.  In 1999, All Mountain West Conference Linebacker, AP All-American, Football News All-American, semifinalist for the Butkus Award given to the nations top Linebacker, Ed Stein Award (Top Senior Athlete), Memorial Scholar Athlete Award, Robbie Bosco Award. 


NFL- 2000 1st Round Draft Selection (28th Overall) by the Indianapolis Colts.

2000-2007 Rob played in 99 games and had over 500 Career Tackles.

2002 he earned the NFL Ed Block Courage Award

2006 National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award

2006 Starting Strong Side Linebacker Super-Bowl XLI

Rob was instrumental in the Colts Super Bowl win over the Chicago Bears on Feb 4th, 2007.


Rob was born and raised in Nampa Idaho, was an Eagle Scout, obtained his BA in Communication Studies from BYU, served on a LDS mission in Toronto, Canada from 1994-1996.  He resides in Highland, Utah with his wife Tracie, son Carter and daughter, Paige.



Liz Benear (Nixon)




Liz Benear attended Nampa High School from 1992-1995.  During her career, she started and lettered in volleyball three years and basketball three years.  She was named First Team All Conference in both sports.  In Volleyball, Liz led the team in kills and backrow digs.  In basketball, Liz was in the top six in the following categories, Highest Point per game average, Best Field Goal percentage, Top 10 in career scoring, top 10 in blocked shots.  Liz went on to play volleyball at NNU where she became and All American her senior year.






Kasey Hooter




Kasey attended Nampa High School from 1997-2001.  She lettered in basketball four years, becoming a starter all four years.  Kasey also lettered in volleyball and track.  During her basketball career, Kasey dominated her opponents as a strong, physical player around the basket.  Her name appears many times in the girls basketball record book including Most Rebounds in one season with 245, second in field goal percentage, number three on the all time scoring list, number four on the all time blocked shot list.  She holds the record for all time Rebounders and is number five leader in steals.  She also holds the record for numbers of games played during her career with 96 total games over her four years.  She led her team to two straight state tournament appearances her junior and senior years and was all conference for those same years.  She went on to play basketball at Walla Walla Community College for two years and College of Idaho for two years.  Kasey is a teacher in Twin Falls, Idaho


Kasey is the granddaughter of Jay Dean, a member of the 1950 basketball team that is being inducted tonight.






1950 Boy’s Basketball State Champions


The 1950 Bulldogs wracked up 29 straight wins on their way to an undefeated first and only Nampa High School state basketball championship.  The first round included a win over Preston High School.  The second game was termed to be the “battle of the year” against the once beaten Coeur d’ Alene Vikings.  CDA jumped out to a first quarter lead, but Jay Dean pumped four straight shots through the hoop at the start of the second quarter and the Bulldogs never trailed again.  The undefeated Bulldogs defeated Lewiston 52-34 for the championship.  The Dogs were coached by the legendary “Babe” Brown, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year. 

They were also honored as the first “Legends of the Game” by the Idaho High School Athletic Association during the 2001 State Basketball Tournament. 


Team Members present today: 

Neil Stephens             Salt Lake City

Herb Day                   Seattle

Jay Dean                    Meridian

Gary Johnson            Meridian

Dick King                   Glenns Ferry

Myron Finkbeiner     Nampa


Representing those that could not be here:


For Wayne Blickenstaff                   Don Price

For Ted Hallberg                              Paul Finkbeiner

For Buster Eoff                                 Hugh Stringfield

For Duane Roberts (Posthumously)Ralph Nichol

For Wayne Henderson                     Megan Kotter (Grandaughter and NHS alum)

For Dale Huss                                    Curt Beukelman





Citizen-Bulldog Supporter


Dale and Leann Cleverly


Dale and Leann Cleverly have been long time supporters of Nampa High School athletics.  Although they supported all athletics, you would most likely see them at wrestling, soccer and basketball games supporting their children as they participated.


They have been known to purchase equipment for kids that could not afford their own including letterman jackets and often make contributions of food items for various fundraising events held by our school.  You will still Dale and LeAnn attending events just to support Nampa High even though their children have long graduated from school. 


Dale and Leann were instrumental in forming an active Booster club that participated in fundraising for the entire school.  They initiated the Booster Club Dinner Auction that still takes place each year in March.  That event raises money for Academics, Activities and Athletics.


Dale and Leann were extremely influential in promoting the bond election that resulted in a 14 million dollar updating of the Nampa High School campus, making it a first class campus that our students and staff enjoy today.




Ladies and Gentlemen:  Please give our newest Hall of Fame members a good Nampa High School round of applause!