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
Tuesday, 26 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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Walter E. "Walt" Clay

High School:  Went to Longmont H.S, in Colorado, graduating in 1941...Lettered all four years playing football (fullback - 1939-41), basketball and track (Hurdles, P.Vault, Discus, Shot - 1940-42)...Was named all-state in football (1940)
and basketball (1941-42).

College: Attended the University of Colorado for a year...Lettered and played one year as fullback on the Buffaloes football team (1942)...Named All Big 7 Fullback (as a Freshman) in 1942... "CU coaches said that Walt was better than Byron “Whizzer” White at the same stage of development"...Was a member of the CU baseball team, playing centerfield in 1943...Played basketball as a freshman and lettered one year...Team played in National AAU Tournament held in Denver...Beat the University of Wyoming (The NCAA Champions) in Semi-Final Game...Got beat in the Finals by Phillips 66... Named 2nd team - National AAU  Basketball Team.
 
Military: Joined the U.S. Marine Corps in the Fall of 1943...Played football in the service as a fullback for the El Toro Marines (1944-45)... Team got beat in the ALL SERVICE Finals by the Navy Team.

Professionally: Played 4 years of pro football and was nickname "Hatchet" the way he would run through tacklers...Played fullback for the Chicago Rockets (1946-47) and Los Angeles Dons (1947-49)...His highest Salary as a Pro was $7,500 per year (which was very good in those days)...Has the honor of receiving a Pension from the NFL that is higher per month than the amount he made when he was playing (Probably nobody in Pueblo County, that qualifies for GPSA, has this honor).

Coaching Career: Spent his entire coaching career at Centennial High School...Worked four years (1951-54) as an assistant football then was promoted to the Bulldogs head football coach during the 1955 season and worked four years until 1958...Posted a career record of 18-19-3...Also was the head baseball and track coach for a year (1952 and 1956, respectively) and basketball coach for five seasons (1952-56)...Clay coach the following outstanding players at Centennial: Norm Colglazier, Clyde Pearson, John Mulay, Bob Williams, Bill McDaniel, Gerald Salazar and Tom Suarez.

Official Career: Clay spent 25+ years officiating at the junior high, high school, college and recreational leagues...His 25+ years were spent officiating baseball, basketball, football and wrestling (all from 1960-85) and he spent 20+ years working softball game (1960-80).

Honors: The Officials Association Awarded Walt an Honorary Life Time Membership in the following four sports: A plaque for football, baseball and basketball officiating and a clock for wrestling officiating...Walt was placed into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in Feb. 1994.

Occupation: Professional Football and Hired by District #60 as a Teacher/Coach

Personal:  Lives in Pueblo with his wife, Rosemary Harsh...Nickname "Ki" (for Kaiser) Clay 

 

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