Ted Kara
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 05/02/2007

According to the Moscow Idahonian, Ted Kara was “the outstanding college fighter ever to toss leather on the West Coast.” There won’t be much argument to that statement. Before coming to Idaho, Kara captained the 1936 U.S. Olympic boxing team. At Idaho, Kara became the first athlete in NCAA history to win three national championships. He took the 1939 crown at 127 lbs., then moved down to 120 lbs so his brother Frank could win a title as well. With Kara leading the way, the Idaho boxing team won back-to-back NCAA titles in 1940 and 1941, as well as a 1940 Pacific Coast Conference title. The Kara brothers became the first brother tandem in NCAA history to win national titles in the same tournament in 1941 when Ted took the 120 title and Frank won at 127. Kara also earned a letter playing one year of baseball for the Vandals in 1941.