Year Inducted: 1991
Nominated By: Jim Blanc
Sports Competed In: Football
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete, Coach
Before High School:
Played on the Old Timers baseball team which participated in the state tournament held in Grand Junction, CO, in the summer of 1949.
Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S., graduating in 1953...Won nine varsity letters as a three-sport standout for the Bulldogs (track: four letters; football: three letters: basketball: two letters).
● Led the South Central League (SCL) in during senior season (1952) as a running back.
● Named to the All-Conference and All-State (Team lost in semifinals).
● Played on the teams that made back-to-back state basketball tournaments appearances (1951-52).
● Named to the All-Conference basketball team and selected to the Second team All-State his senior year (1952).
● Two-time conference champion in the 100 and 200 yard dash (1952-53) and was undefeated in Southern Colorado during his senior season in the 100, 200 and 880 relay.
● Ran the 200 yd dash in the C.U. relays (1953).
● Member of Conference Championship 880-yard relay team (1952).
Went to Pueblo Junior College - PJC - for two years (1953-55), played runnning back on the football team and ran the 100-220-880 relay on the track squad...Graduated from PJC with A.A. degree...Also attended Sacramento State College (SSC), in Sacramento, CA playing on the football team at running back for a season (1956-57)...Continued his post-graduate studies at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO, earning a Masters Degree in Physical Education in 1959.
● Earned All-Empire Football League honors in 1954 as a running back.
● While working on his degree, he was a member of the Rams Division II Championship handball team in 1959.
● Played for the U.S. Army I Corps football team as a running back and on the defensive side of the ball from 1958-59.
● I Corps was in the Far East Conference which included teams from Japan, Korea, Okinawa.
● He was the smallest player in the Far East Conference and was the only player to play both offense and defense.
● Chosen to the All-Star team.
● Junior Varsity Coach, La Junta H.S. (1963).
● Varsity Backfield Coach, La Junta H.S.(1964-68).
● Head Coach, Ft. Morgan H.S., Coaching record: 26-26-3 (1969-74).
● Head Coach, Pueblo County H.S., Coaching record: 69-47 (1976-84 and 1987-89).
● Head Coach, La Junta High School (1965-67).
Coaching Career (La Junta H.S.):
● Record: (8-2) SCL Champs, State AAA Quarter finals (1964).
● Record: (9-3) SCL Champs, State AAA Semi-Finals (1965).
● Record: (8-2-1) SCL Champs, State AAA Semi-Finals (1966).
● Record Dual Meets 16-2.
● SCL Champions (1965).
● SCL Runner-ups (1966-67).
Coaching Career (Pueblo County H.S.):
● Three-time SCL "Coach-of-the-Year" (1976, 1979 and 1984).
● Five-time McDonald’s "Coach-of-the-Year"(1976, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984).
● KCSJ "Coach-of-the-Year" (1984).
● Team Conference Champs (1979, 1981, 1984).
● Four-time state qualifier (1979, 1981, 1984, 1988).
Worked as a teacher and coach.
Lived in Pueblo with his wife, Lynn...Passed away at age 74 on June 15, 2009, losing his battle with cancer.