College of Idaho to join Frontier football

2012-06-27T13:16:00Z 2012-06-27T22:39:08Z College of Idaho to join Frontier football The Billings Gazette

HELENA — The College of Idaho is joining the Frontier Conference as a football-only member in the fall of 2014, when it revives its football program after a 35-year absence.

Frontier commissioner Kent Paulson said Wednesday that conference presidents approved a request by the Caldwell, Idaho, school to join the NAIA conference.

"This is an ideal match," COI president Marv Henberg said. "We look forward to the excitement that Yotes fans will experience as we develop rivalries with our fellow members of the conference."

The addition of COI will give the Frontier nine football-playing teams. This fall, Dickinson State University joins the conference in all sports while Southern Oregon University joins in football only.

COI athletic director Marty Holly said the Coyotes will be competing against some of the top NAIA programs in the country, which he says should help with recruiting. Carroll College has won six NAIA national championships since 2002 and has twice finished as runners up.

Montana State-Northern, Montana Tech, Rocky Mountain College, Montana Western and Eastern Oregon are the other football teams in the league.

COI plans to start a national search for a head coach in September.

"We look for a long and prosperous relationship with a school known for its high standards of academic excellence and tremendous athletic programs," Paulson said.

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