Warrior Terry Vance

Written by Dick Trone February 06, 2009 08:29 am
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 scholarship 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 Cham­pionship.

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.