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Lyle Smith 100 for 100

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Project ended on April 15, at 11:59 PM MDT
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Lyle Smith 100 for 100

The Lyle Smith PonyUp campaign has closed, but you can still make a gift!

Just visit and use JZ080 in the Fund ID space.



On March 17, 2016, Lyle Smith celebrates his 100th birthday. For many, Lyle Smith is often considered the Father of Boise State Athletics and a true Bronco legend. Lyle served as head football coach at Boise Junior College from 1947-1967 and full-time Athletic Director of Boise State College and now Boise State University from 1968-1981. He helped oversee the transition from a two to a four year school, in addition to countless other accomplishments in athletics, paving the way for Boise State University to reach new levels of success.

In honor of Lyle's 100th birthday, we invite you to help us reach our goal of 100 donors and play an important role in continuing his legacy by supporting Boise State student-athletes.

Coach Smith was called to active duty during the 1950 season for the Korean War. Coaching the last game before his departure, his players carried him off the field after the victory over Ricks College. Coach Smith served 31 years in the military in both active and reserve roles.

All gifts to the Lyle 100 campaign are eligible for existing Bronco Athletic Association membership benefits

Questions? Contact Bart Hendricks at or (208) 426-5440.

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Lyle Smith was born in 1916.



Lyle Smith became the full-time Athletic Director of Boise State College in November 1968.


100 Years!

For Lyle's 100th birthday, we celebrate his 100 years of life and the incredible legacy Lyle has built.



Lyle Smith coached football, baseball and basketball for Boise Junior College as well as serving as the Athletic Director. Celebrate his 24-9 record as a basketball coach.


411 Points!

As head coach of Boise Junior College, Lyle led the 1958 team to a national championship. The undefeated team scored a total of 411 points.


1,000 Seat College Field

1,000 was the seating capacity of the first stadium at Boise Junior College (College Field) when Lyle became the head coach.



1967 was Lyle's final year as the head football coach before he transitioned his focus to serving Boise State College as the full-time Athletic Director.

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