This question came up on the message board and I decided to answer it with a list of coaches that have done time at Idaho as an assistant or a head coach over the years.
You have a lot of coaching tree's that have emerged from Idaho over the past fourty years. For some reason it seems to be the cradle of coaches in the Northwest because it is a great place to get a lot of experience on your way up.
This is a real incomplete list but it gives you a little idea of why it isn't a bad thing to have stint at Idaho on your resume.
By the way it looks like Doug Nussmeier who is another guy with Vandal coaching ties is the new Quarterback coach at UW.
Dennis Erickson - HC Idaho, Wyoming, WSU, Miami, Seattle NFL, OSU, Idaho, ASU
Nick Holt - HC Idaho, Assistant coach at Louisville, USC, and UW
Tom Cable - HC Idaho, Raiders NFL
Chris Tormey - HC Idaho, Nevada
John L Smith - HC Idaho, Utah State, Louisville, Michigan State
Keith Gilbertson - HC Idaho, California, Washington
Pat Fitzgerald - AC Idaho, HC Northwestern
Greg McMackin - HC Hawaii
Bobby Petrino - AC Idaho, HC Louisville, Falcons NFL, Arkansas
Ed Lamb - AC Idaho, HC Southern Utah
Scott Linehan - HC Rams NFL
Doug Nussmeier - AC Fresno State
Eric Yarber - AC ASU, UW, Oregon State, Idaho
Jamie Christian - AC Idaho, Oregon State, 49ers NFL, Arizona State
Gregg Smith - AC Idaho, Wyoming, Miami, Seahawks NFL, Oregon St, ASU
Greg Burns - AC Idaho, USC, Louisville, ASU
Dan Cozzetto - AC Idaho, Cal, 49ers NFL, Oregon State, UW, ASU
Dee Andros - HC Oregon State
Craig Bray - AC Idaho, Wyoming, WSU, Nevada, Oregon State, Minnesota, ASU