Warrior Terry Vance

Steve Chittock

Last week I started an article about former Del Norte Warrior Terry Vance.

In that article I talked a little bit about what Terry did on the Warrior gridiron. Today, I want to cover some more of Terry's career.

He played basketball for longtime coach Dale Thomas. During his junior year he helped the Warriors post a 20-5 record. His senior year football injury kept him from having the kind of senior season he hoped for. In track, Terry really shined. He was both the top sprinter and the top high hurdler in the league, winning White Stars in both events.

After graduation, from Del Norte Terry went to College of the Redwoods in Eureka to play football. At CR he started both ways. Wide receiver on offense and defensive back on defense. During the third game of the season at Santa Rosa JC, Terry suffered a season ending knee injury. The injury required complete reconstructive surgery which put him out of action for about a year.

After one year at CR Terry received a track scholarshipandensp;to Oregon State

University. On the track scholarship he was not allowed to play

football since the team competed year-round with the indoor season. At

Oregon State he was limited to running the flat races because of lost

flexibility from his knee injury at CR.

After three years at OSU he returned to College of the Redwoods, where

he coached both football and track for three years. He worked under

Fred Whitmore, who later became head football coach at Humboldt State.

After his tour at CR Terry was given the assistant track coaching

position at Ricks College in Idaho.

During his time at Ricks he was appointed interim head coach while the

regular head coach took a leave to coach a foreign national team.

During his time as head coach his women's team won the Junior College

National Championship at Odessa, Texas. While at Ricks he volunteered

to coach football as an assistant at Madison High School. Madison lost

their first two games but they turned things around and ended up

winning the State Chamandshy;pionship.

During the playoffs they defeated Hillcrest High School, a team that

had beat them in their first game of the season 45-0. When Ricks

College dropped all sports and became BYU Idaho, Terry again went

looking for a coaching job. He was offered and took a job as defensive

backfield coach at Deming High School in New Mexico. He coached there

one year but the urge to come home was getting stronger and stronger.

Next week, Terry comes home.

Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High

Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an

illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone

was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before

retiring.

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