GPSA Locations

GPSA Office
P.O. Box 413
Pueblo, CO 81002

GPSA Room
Massari Arena
Colo State Univ.- Pueblo
Pueblo, CO 81007

Hall of Fame Wall
Thatcher Building (Main Floor)
5th and Main
Pueblo, CO 81003

Top Panel
Monday, 25 September 2017

GPSA Meetings

Below is a list of remaining meetings dates for the GPSA during the 2017 calendar year. All meeting held on the third Monday from Jan. to May and Aug. through Nov. in the GPSA at Massari Arena. Dates are subject to change if necessary.

 Oct 16 Nov. 20 

GPSA Banquet

What:   Annual  Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
When:  Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (7 p.m.)
Where: Fortino Ballroom, Pueblo Community College

Application Deadline

The deadline for nominations each year is Aug. 1.  Go to the Application Tab above to download and fill out an application today.

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Don "Sma Duch" Schmidli

High School: Attended Pueblo Central H.S., graduating in 1946... "Sma Duch" was a three-sport standout for the Wildcats, playing three years (1943-46) of basketball at guard and one year in football as an end (1945), and baseball as a shortstop (1946)...Schmidli played on the first Pueblo Central baseball team in modern times.

College: Went to Pueblo Junior College (PJC) for two years from 1946-48 and played football and basketball (at guard), baseball (shortstop) and track (440 yard dash)...Named the Most Outstanding Athlete at PJC in 1948...Don was an All Conference selection in basketball in 1948..."Sma Duch" played guard on the basketball squad for one season (1948-49) Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) before finishing his college athletic career at Western State College in Gunnison, CO where he played on Mountaineers basketball team at guard on the baseball squad (first base) before graduating in 1951.

Advanced Education: Continued his post-graduate studies at Western State College, earning a Masters degree in 1956.

Coaching Background: Schmidli began his coaching career at Olathe H.S., where he was the head basketball coach and and an assistant on the football team for a season (1955-56)...Don moved to Salida in 1957 where he started out as an assistant on the track and football teams for seven years (1957-63)...Schmidli spent 12 years (1957-69) on the bench as the head coach of the Spartans basketball team and compiled a record of 310 wins and 145 losses... He lead Salida H.S., to the State Basketball Championship twice (1961 and 1964), finishing runner-up once (1963) and third place (1965)... He coached the South All-Star squad in 1964..."Sma Duch" also coached the Spartans football team for four seasons (1963-68).

Athletic Administrator: Worked for 12 years (1976-89) at Phoenix Brophy Prep. AZ.

Achievements: Don was instrumental in starting Old Timers Baseball in Salida, CO.

Occupation: Don served in the Marine Corps for 37 months then became a Teacher/Coach/Athletic Administrator

Personal: Lives in Glendale, AZ with his wife, Nancy.

 

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