Year Inducted: 2017
Nominated By: John Barker, Jr. (brother)
Sports Competed In: Basketball
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete, Coach, Contributor
1980-81: Individual awards (Freshman year) - All-City team, All-State team, Top-10 scoring leader, member of County Girls State Championship in basketball - first in school history (all awards in basketball).
1982-83: Individual awards (Senior year) - All City team, All-State team, Class 3A "Player-of-the-Year," voted most athletic for the senior class at PCHS. Team award - State Champion Runner-up (all awards in basketball).
While playing basketball at Adams State College in Alamosa, CO, Barker-Cosby was:
● A member of the 1984 NAIA District Champs.
● Earned "Player-of-the-Week" honors.
● Made the all-district basketball team.
● Selected selected first team all-conference.
● An Academic All-American.
● Voted by teammated as the Most Inspirational Player.
● All-American honorable mention.
● All-conference and all RMAC honors.
Cosby, in addition to her duties as the Parks and Recreation Pueblo West Metropolitan District, also coaches volleyball, basketball and track at Skyview Middle School in Pueblo West. Below are some of her coaching achievements:
1999-2002 Championship team finishes in volleyball (6th/7th grade).
2002-2006 Championship team finishes in basketball (6th/7th grade).
2010-2014 City/County Volleyball Champions undefeated season, District/League Champs in track.
2014-2015 Championship in Varsity B Volleyball and basketball, 2nd place District track.
2015-2016 Championship in Varsity volleyball and basketball and city track champions.
2016-2017 Championship in Varsity volleyball and basketball & runner up city champs in track.
Some notable Pueblo West athletes coached: Janean Jubic, Ashley Langoni, Maleigha Menegatti, Olivia Lough.
1986-87 Who's Who Among Students in Universities and Colleges.
1994 Graduated from Grand Canyon University with honors.
1995-Present Pueblo West Parks and Recreation Director.
1995-Present - Annual Food Drives at Thanksgiving and Christmas to needy Pueblo West Families.
1995-Present - Halloween Bash (an event free for community with 750+ children a year).
1998 Voted Employee of the Year for Pueblo West Metropolitan District.
2003 Leadership Pueblo.
2005-Present - Fishing Derby held in April of every year (250+ attendees).
2007 Taught Recreational Classes for CSU Pueblo.
2012 Spoke in front of the Colorado House of Local Governments for additional Recreation money.
2012 Maintains CSU-Pueblo pool for college and community.
2014 Awarded Soaring Eagle at Pueblo West Metropolitan District.
2016 Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year.
2016 Women's History Outstanding "Woman-of-the-Year."
1997 to present - Cosby wrote successful grants for district and are listed below:
1997 - Lovell Park Enhancement for additional baseball/soccer fields (GOCO grant).
1999 - Replacement of ballfield lights (GOCO).
2002 - McCulloch Main Trail (CDOT grant).
2003 - McCulloch Main Phase II (CDOT).
2004 - Replacement of Playground facility (GOCO).
2004 - Fishing for fun grant (Division of Wildlife).
2007 - Tennis Courts (4) (GOCO).
2010- Safe Routes to School Grant (CDOT).
2012 - McCulloch Main Phase III (CDOT).
2012 - McCulloch North Trail (CDOT).
2014 - Completion of Pueblo West's Community Park.
2015 - Completion of EastlWest Trail (CDOT - TAP project).
2016 - 2017 - two more upcoming grants - trail projects totalling $1,295,300.
(CDOT - TAP projects approved for that given year); All projects were joint ventures between the Pueblo West Metropolitan District and the other entity listed.
Affiliations and Achievements:
NRPA - National Recreation and Parks Association.
CPRA - Colorado Parks Recreation Association.
ALCC - Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado.
CPSI - Certified Playground Safety Inspector.
CPO - Certified Pool Operator.
Old Timers Baseball Association - Secretary.
Middle School Coach for District #70.
USSSA - United States Specialty Sports Association.
NFHS - National Federation of State High School Association.
American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor.
Carol is still very active in the area of recreation and sports. She has been in her current position as Pueblo West Parks and Recreation Director for 22 years. She volunteers her time to coach the youth sports teams in Pueblo West as well as still coaching at Skyview Middle School. She is very involved in swimming and hiking and occasionally will playa pick up basketball game.
She recently received a certification to train youth to become lifeguards and also puts on clinics for all the youth sports coaches who coach for Pueblo West Parks and Recreation. The field of recreation is a lifetime commitment and is very demanding.
Cosby would love to coach at the high school level, however, she would not be able to give all of herself with the commitment needed at that level. Other than sports and activities she is very involved in her church and her family. She has two daughters, Chelsey and Meghan, who are in high school and enjoys taking time to watch them grow as a person through athletics.
Cosby has lived in Pueblo for over 40 years and is married to Dave Cosby... They have two daughters, Chelsey and Meghan.