Year Inducted: 1974 (p)
Nominated By: Sidney Rosen (colleague)
Sports Competed In: Basketball, Football
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Coach
Attended Pueblo Central H.S., graduating in 1939.
Played end on the football team and was part of the Wildcats 1938 state championship team.
Went to Denver University (DU) for three years, enlisted in the Marines in 1943 and returned to DU and graduated in 1947.
Played three years of football (end) and baseball, lettering twice on the Pioneers football team and three time on the baseball squad.
● Started coaching career at Pueblo Central H.S. where he spent nine years (1947-55) as an assistant football.
● Took over as head coach of the Wildcats football team the following season (1956) and spent the next 10 years prowling the sidelines until 1965.
● Returned for one more season in 1969.
● Posted a career record of 77-32-1 in 11 years.
● Head coach of the 'Cats baseball squad and an assistant on the wrestling team.
● Guided the 'Cats to two State Football Championships (1961, 1965) and one state runner-up finish in 1958.
● Led the Wildcats baseball program to a record of 147-65.
● Won two state baseball championships in 1950 and 1956.
● Also won five South-Central League championships and coached five members who are enshrined in the GPSA Hall of Fame: Joe Mohorcich & Frank Deleon (pitching), Chuck DePietro (3rd base), Nathaniel Jones (2nd base), Walt Pickard (catcher).
GPSA Inductees Coached:
Nick Graham, Rich Vivoda, Roger Hargraves
John Salimeno, Dennis Hagaman, Jerry Cunico
Lost to Denver South (6-7) State runner-ups.
Beat the Lakewood (34-0) State Champions.
Beat the Ft. Collins (14-0) State Champions
Lost to Poudre (6-21) in the State semi-finals
Teacher and coach at Pueblo Central H.S.
Lived in Pueblo... Passed away after losing his battle with cancer on January 14, 1971 at age 49.