Warrior Memories: Warrior athlete and coach Terry Vance

By Dick Trone January 30, 2009 08:36 am
Played major role in getting the word out on Cody Hoffman to BYU

One of the real joys that I get from doing these articles is being able to look back at some of the special former Warriors I have had the pleasure of working with. Terry Vance is definitely one of those.

Terry was a 1984 Del Norte High School graduate. While at Del Norte he was involved in football, basketball, and track. Terry combined speed, great athletic ability and a super attitude to make him a stand out in all three sports.

During his junior year he helped Del Norte win their first football championship in the modern era and secure their first trip to the North Coast Sections Championships.

The Warriors were scheduled to play the number one seed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School in Santa Rosa. Terry played both offense and defense — wide receiver on offense and defensive back on defense. The Warriors lost a hard fought game 20-7 with Terry scoring the only Warrior touchdown.

During his senior year he was moved to running back to take better advantage of his speed and get the ball in his hands more often. The team got off to a great start but in the third game Terry broke his leg. That injury, along with several others suffered by the Warriors, kept the team from having the season they had hoped for. While Terry excelled in track, football has always remained his first interest.

This year, his off-field interest was a big help to a very deserving Warrior. All of us have been really impressed with the performance of Cody Hoffman on the football field for the last three seasons.

With the date for signing national letters of intent rapidly approaching, Terry was dismayed that Cody had only one firm offer of a scholarship, from Sacramento State, a Fo­otball Subdivision (formerly Division 1-AA) school.

Not that Sac. State would not be a good place to play, but Terry, like many of us, feel that Cody can play at the highest level in college. Terry has a close friend from college, Bronco Mendenhall, that is now the head football coach at Brigham Young University.

Terry called him and said to Mendenhall that “you are missing out on one of the top pass receivers in the state.”

Phone calls were made and a game film was requested. Terry was able to get Blaine Lopez, former Warrior offensive coordinator, to send a film of Hoffman in game action.

As soon as they viewed the film a quick visit to BYU was arranged. BYU offered Cody a scholarship, which he has verbally accepted.

Now Cody will be playing for one of the top football programs in the country. Warrior fans say “thank you Terry,” “thank you Blaine.”

We will all look forward to watch when BYU opens their season against Oklahoma in the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Next week, I will cover Terry’s career beyond Del Norte.

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.