Year Inducted: 2008
Nominated By: Tracy Renck (son)
Sports Competed In: Drag racing
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete, Coach, Contributor
Attended Pueblo Central H.S., graduating in 1960.
Went to the University of Southern Colorado where he graduated in 1965 with a degree in Industrial Arts.
Renck is the owner and driver or Renck Racing...Ed competed in motor racing for two years (1965-66) and drag racing for 16 years (1967-83)...He also has raced since 2001 on the Bonneville Flats and is a member of the Sports Car Club of America since 2007.
● Won over 45 races all over the country from 1967-93.
● Winner of the Division V top fuel Dragster Championship in 1970.
● Took 2nd place, Division V Top Fuel Dragster in 1972.
● Qualified No. 1 at the NHRA 1972 World Finals at Ontario, CA in the Top fuel Dragster Class.
● Winner of the 1976 Pro Comp Division V Championship. Division V "Driver of the Year".
● Took 2nd Place, Division v Top Fuel Dragster in 1978.
● As a member of the Sports Car club of America, Renck set the track record at Heartland Park in Topeka, KS in 2007.
Renck coached a variety of youth sports which included football, Basketball, baseball and softball:
● Coach of the Raiders Junior Football League (JFL) for two years (1984-85).
● Coach of the Fairmont Park team for three years (1981-83).
● Head Coach of the YMCA for one season (1977-78).
● Head Coach of the Mavericks (1978-85).
● Head coach of the Pueblo Central H.S. Freshman for five years (1990-94).
● Took over as the Pueblo Central H.S. Varsity head coach for three years (1995-97).
● Head Coach of UTU team (1978-79).
● Head Coach of Outboard Marine (1979-80).
● Head Coach of Ron’s Exxon (1981)
● Head Coach of the Pueblo A’s (1982)
● Head Coach of Pueblo Centennial H.S. (13 yr old preps) for a year (1983).
● Head Coach of Pueblo Centennial H.S. - Freshman (1985-89).
● Head Coach of Pueblo Central H.S. - Freshman (1989-97)
● Head Coach of the Dodge team (2008)
● Coach of the Panthers softball team for four years (2005-08)
1998 (Montreal Expos Organization - One month):
● Retired in 1999 after spring training invite with Montreal Expos.
● Recorded a professional career batting average of .307.
● Lost only a total of five games as the Head Coach of the youth baseball teams of UTU, Outboard Marine, Ron’s Exxon and the Pueblo A's (1978-82).
● Lost total of five games as the head coach of the 3rd-8th grade Maverick's youth basketball teams (1978-1985).
● Posted a perfect 16-0 record as the head coach of Fairmont Park's bantam League 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teams (1981-1983).
● Posted a perfect 16-0 record as the Head Coach of the Centennial High School 13 yr. old prep baseball team (1983).
● Also coached the 13 year old prep all-star team to the State Championship and led the team to the Regional Tournament in Pittsburgh, KS. (1983).
● Went 12-2 during two separate seasons as the Raiders” JFL, head football coach. Both seasons lost in the Super Bowl at Dutch Clark (1984-1985).
● Posted a 12-0 record as the Centennial High School freshman baseball coach (1986).
● Posted a 41-21 record in three years as Central High School’s varsity boys basketball coach advancing to the Sweet 16 two out of the three years coaching (1995-1997).
● Proudest contribution to the youth of Pueblo is the fact that he was and industrial arts teacher at Pueblo Central High School for 33 years (1965-1997).
● Mentor to Lee Beard, professional NHRA crew chief, Ed got Beard started in the sport of drag racing. Beard has since gone on to win two World Championships and top fuel dragster and top fuel funny car and he has also won 53 national events and 55 pole positions.
● Renck was instrumental in developing the talent of numerous players that guided Centennial High School's football team to the Class 3A State championship in 1987. Some of those players included Trooper Sanchez, Richard Reyes Jr., Brian Nava, Tim Nava, Ngalu Kalemeni and Phil Medina.
● Instrumental in helping to start the Little League baseball at Runyon Field.
● Selected as an All-Star baseball coach in 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1986 for various Runyon Field Teams.
● Selected to the Pueblo East H.S. Boys' Coaches' Classic Hall of Fame (Basketball tournament) in December 2004.
● Since 1998, has won numerous trophies and honors while at National Hot Rod shows as he is the owner of several hot rods including a 1932 and 1934 Ford Roadster.
Renck was a teacher for 33 years at Pueblo Central H.S.
Lives in Pueblo with his wife, Linda Sue.