At the press conference announcing the hiring of Keith Gilbertson as the new football coach. t he former a ssistant said his team would stress...
... Ottense oratio Alger would have loved Keith Gilbertson. In one week, Gilbertson went from being an unpaid assistant football coach to earning $43,000 as the new Vandal mentor. It was a classic rags to riches story. Gilbertson . who was named the Vandal head coach on Dec. 6. replaced Dennis Erickson four days after he had accepted the head coaching position at the University of Wyoming. And for Gilbertson. the job could not have come at a better time. After a three-year coaching stint with the USFL's Los Angeles Express. Gilbertson returned to the UI in time for the 1985 season. Though Gilbertson was still under contract to the Express when he accepted the UI job. he had not been paid by the Express since June. Gilbertson first coached at the UI during Erickson's inaugural season in 1982 and helped lead the Vandals to a berth in the NCAA playoffs. When the Vandals made their second appearance in the NCAA playoffs in 1985. it was due in part to Gilbertson's skill as an offensive coach. "The man's an offensive genius and a winner all the way,路路 BSC Offensive Player of the Year Eric Yarber said. Outgoing coach Er ickson a lso had high praise for Gilbertson. "It's one of the greatest things that could happen." he said. But as any winning football coach knows, in order to achieve success. one must work a n d work hard . And as any faithfu l Horatio Alger reader knows. the only success worth winning was worth working for. 0
1986 Gem of the Mountains, Volume 84 - University of Idaho Yearbook