Chase Colton - Coach
The love child of Bobby Knight and a three-legged pit bull named Sheila, Chase Colton is really only qualified to do two things: coach basketball and eat kibble. While he is banned from most sports venues and dog parks, the University of Idaho has graciously allowed him to get back where he belongs—on the hardwood, choking teenagers. When asked about Chase, basketball legend Magic Johnson once said, “The dog food guy?” Yeah, that’s him. The biggest moment of Chase’s career came in Madison Square Garden when he attempted to put Phil Jackson in a full-nelson only to wake up in the county lockup with two black eyes and a pink slip. Little did he know that this was how most writers get their start—or so he’s been told. In 2009, he set up shop in the MFA program at the University of Idaho, where he is in his third year. His short story, “I’m an Old Cowhand,” was a finalist for 2010 short fiction prize at the Kenyon Review and was published on KROnline.