Dave Kragthorpe
Dave  Kragthorpe

Special Assistant to the Head Coach


Utah State University Inducts 2013 Athletics Hall of Fame Class

The 2013 class includes former football players Roy Shivers (1964-65) and Jim Turner (1959-62); track athletes Candy Cashell (1982-84) and Corey Murdock (1994, 1997-99), basketball player Jimmy Moore (1972-75); and contributor Jim Laub.

Dave Kragthorpe is in his third season as the Special Assistant to the Head Coach at Utah State. Overall, Kragthorpe spent 10 years as a collegiate head coach at South Dakota State, Idaho State and Oregon State.

Kragthorpe began his coaching career as an assistant at Idaho Falls (Idaho) High School and later the head coach at Roosevelt (Mich.) High School. He also spent time as an assistant at the collegiate level at Montana, South Dakota State and BYU.

Kragthorpe’s first head coaching job was at South Dakota State in 1969, before serving as the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator for LaVell Edwards at BYU from 1970-79.

Kragthorpe then spent the next three years as head coach at Idaho State where he compiled a 21-14 record. In 1981, he led the Bengals to a 12-1 record and Big Sky Conference Championship and the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship as ISU outscored its opponents 422-172 during the season.

In 1983, Kragthorpe stepped away from coaching and became the Athletics Director at Utah State.

Kragthorpe returned to coaching in 1985 as the head coach at Oregon State and was named the Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year in 1989.

In 1994, Kragthorpe was hired by the Utah State Alumni Association to resurrect the university’s alumni chapters program.

Kragthorpe attended Utah State where he excelled as a two-way tackle for the Aggies from 1951 to 1954. In addition, he was also on the baseball team. Despite all his athletic obligations, Kragthorpe graduated with double bachelor’s degrees in physical education and social science in 1955. A short time later, he returned to Utah State and earned his master’s degree in secondary school administration.

Kragthorpe is a member of the Old Main Society, Alumni Sustaining Membership program, Big Blue Scholarship Fund Touchdown Club and the Emeriti Association. In 2005, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award and in 2009, he was inducted into the Utah State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Kragthorpe and his wife Barbara have two sons, Kurt and Steve. Kurt is a sports writer with the Salt Lake Tribune, while Steve is a member of the football staff at LSU.

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