TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The late Heidi Cartisser, a CSI volleyball player turned head coach, will forever be remembered with the college's highest athletic achievement. KMVT’s Morgan Rumpf attended the ceremony.
Heidi Cartisser was honored before her family, friends, colleagues and players past and present as she received her induction into the CSI Athletic Hall of Fame.
"It’s awesome, of course I wish it could have been done earlier, but I think it's definitely well-deserved and overdue,” said Heidi’s husband and assistant coach Jim.
Heidi’s teammate on the sideline and in life, her husband Jim took the night as a way to bring people together.
“Just to get everybody in the room, some of these people I haven't seen in years that in itself makes it worth it; getting to see a lot of people I haven't seen in many years here tonight," Jim said.
A former teammate and friend spoke before over 150 people at the turf club to share memories spanning over 20 years.
"Her teams competed with the same grit and emotion that Heidi did. How she was as a player really translated to how she was as a coach," she shared.
Another player turned mentee spoke of how she would not be the coach she now is without Heidi.
"There was never a moment that I didn't think what Heidi would do," she shared.
Heidi’s induction was more than her statistical accolades, which include three national championships in 12 seasons, but a way to showcase her as a person.
"She will have one of the boxes, and her plaque will be in that box along with some mementos and honors of what she's accomplished. And so she will be a member of a very exclusive class,” said CSI Athletic Director Joel Bates.