The Idaho Matadors are a non-profit organization that provides an opportunity for athletes in the Treasure Valley to continue their football careers beyond that of high school or college. The members of the team descend from diverse backgrounds yet work together and share a common passion for the game of football.
The Matadors believe in clean, aggressive, highly competitive football. Continuously, the team strives to represent itself as a professional organization built with hard work and dedication.
The Idaho Matadors will enter the 2014 season under new management. Co-Founder and longtime General Manager/Head Coach Jesus Jara will be stepping away from the day to day operations of the program.
Jara has appointed several current Matadors to lead the team into a new era. Defensive Coordinator Tom Dowers, along with Cody Heller and Trevor Reece will assume control.
In eight seasons as leader of the Matadors, Jara took the team to five postseasons and two championship game appearances. He was also named General Manager of the Year by the RMFL on two different occasions.
“As I shift my focus to my family, work and education - this decision, as you may imagine was not easy. In 2004 I set out to provide the Treasure Valley with another option for local players to play this wonderful game. Lord knows that it became a bigger part of my life than I ever envisioned. It has been an eventful nine years, a ride that allowed me to meet wonderful people and an opportunity to experience the trials and jubilations of the sport. The great memories I made and shared with many of you will always outweigh the pains of any defeat.” Jara shared with his players.
Additionally, “I would like to thank the hundreds of players and their families that have come through our program. All the support on game day and away from the field was instrumental to our success. I walk away knowing that the program is in very good, capable hands. The ‘Dors will be around for a long time.
To all the current and former team coaches, volunteers and sponsors – THANK YOU – WE COULD NOT OF DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU!!
To all the other owners/general managers/players of the RMFL, it was a pleasure to share the Matadors with you and your organization. Thanks to all of you and good luck!
A big hug of appreciation to my co-founder and former quarterback Tom Bennett! Your friendship and continued support will always be valued. Thanks for everything!"
MATADORS BABY!! - Jesus Jara
2014 MATADOR STAFF
General Manager - Trevor Reece
(1st season as GM, 2nd season with team)
Head Coach - Tom Dowers
(1st season as HC, 5th season with team)
Defensive Coordinator - Cody Heller
(1st season as DC, 5th season with team)
Offensive Coordinator - Matt Wilson
(1st season as OC, 2nd season with team)
Special Teams Coordinator - David Wilson
(1st Season as STC, 3rd season with team)
Assistant Coach - Ernesto Garza
2013 RMFL ALL STAR GAME
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2013 MATADOR ALL STARS:
PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT BELOW
QB MITCH BOURNER
FS TOM DOWERS
CB NICK RUSSELL
LB DAVID WILSON
TE JUSTIN MCNICHOLL
WR CHRIS BAILEY