Volume 43 | Number 2 | Spring 2013

Marvin Lewis and President Arthur C. Vailas

ISU Photographic Services/Susan Duncan

Marvin Lewis Returns to ISU

Spring 2013 Issue

Valentine's Day 2013 was a memorable day for many ISU alumni and friends. Marvin Lewis and his wife Peggy returned to the Pocatello campus. Plans for their visit were put into motion when Marvin was recognized with the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus award at Homecoming. NFL scheduling conflicts prevented Marvin from attending the 2012 Homecoming festivities and the Valentine's Day event was planned.

More than 130 alumni, friends, university and community members shared a delightful evening in the picturesque Marshall Rotunda of the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

As the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, Marvin is the longest serving head coach in Cincinnati Bengal history. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach for ISU's 1981 championship football team under head coach Dave Kragthorpe. Coach Kragthorpe and his wife Barbara were in attendance at the Valentine's Day dinner recognizing Marvin for his personal and professional accomplishments. Many of Marvin's teammates and friends were also in attendance as well as college roommates and friends of his wife Peggy.

President Arthur C. Vailas presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Marvin. Marvin spoke to those in attendance citing how special ISU has been to him over the years and the impact his attending ISU has made on him throughout the years. He recognized in particular the lessons learned and the meals shared with Coach Jim Koetter, his wife Barbara, their sons Dirk and Brent, and daughter Jill. Barbara Koetter remarked that Marvin was just like another son and they are extremely proud of his success.