Year Inducted: 1998
Nominated By: Jim Blanc
Sports Competed In: N/A
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete, Coach, Administrator

Jerry Ellis

High School:
Attended Pueblo Central H.S., graduating in 1947.

College:
Went to Colorado State College of Education (now UNC), graduated in 1954...Completed a Master's Degree at Western State College, Gunnison, CO in 1960.

Coaching Career:
● Started his coaching career in 1950 where he spend the first three years coaching both the football and J.B. Basketball teams at Lakeside/Vineland H.S. 
● Moved to Pueblo County H.S. to become an assistant coach for both the football and wrestling programs for three years (1954-57).
●Also coached the Hornets baseball team for four season (1954-57).

Contributions:
● Moved into education administration for the next 30+ years starting out as an Assistant Principal & Athletic Director Pueblo County H.S. for three years (1957-60). 
● Spent one year as the Principal at Pleasant View Junior High (1960-61) and returned to take over the Principal duties Pueblo County H.S. for the next decade (1961-71).
● Moved to the District #70 administration building, working for three years (1971-73) as the Director of Instructions, then as the Associate Superintendent School for the next 10 years (1973-83).
● Took over the reins of the district in 1983, as the Superintendent and worked in that capacity for the next three years until 1986.
● Worked for 10 years with Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA), first as a six-year member of the Board of Control (1966-72), then with the Executive Committee for three years (1972-74) and finally as its President for a year (1973-74).
● As a member of CHSAA, was instrumental in getting new classifications for the schools, bring about the weight certifications for wrestlers by doctors, the formation of girl sports and equal funding as that of the boys, and the bringing of the state baseball game to Pueblo.

Quotes:
"Jerry was a former coach with a coach's drive. He reminded me of a used car salesman, a guy who wouldn't take 'No' for an answer. He 'SOLD' Pueblo County High Athletics and at the same time maintained his position as an Educator. Jerry had the leadership that was necessary in getting the community to build the County Football Stadium.”
-- as written by Dave Socier on an article about the 4 Horsemen of Pueblo County High School and describes Jerry this way.

Occupation:
Teacher/Coach/Administrator School District #70, Pueblo, CO.

Personal:
Lived in Pueblo with his wife, JoAnn... Passed away, September 10, 2008.

Picture courtesy of The Pueblo Chieftain


GPSA "E" By The Numbers

LEGEND: p = awarded posthumously; ^= attended first meeting; * = deceased;+ = charter member (placed after year inducted)

1
Athlete
John X. "Johnnie" Elbeck (1984*)

Athlete/Coach/Administrator
Jerry L. Ellis (1998*)

Athlete/Official
Voyd Joseph "Butch" Elich (1983*)

Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S.
John X. "Johnnie" Elbeck (1984*)

Basketball
John X. "Johnnie" Elbeck (1984*)

Skeet & Trap
Peter Anton Elich Jr. (1976*)


2
Athlete/Coach
Sel Elizondo (1992)
Peter Anton Elich Jr. (1976*)

Football
Sel Elizondo (1992)
John X. "Johnnie" Elbeck (1984*)

4
Attended Pueblo Central H.S.
Jerry L. Ellis (1998*)
Sel Elizondo (1992)
Voyd Joseph "Butch" Elich (1983*)
Peter Anton Elich Jr. (1976*)

Honorees Deceased
Jerry L. Ellis (1998*)
John X. "Johnnie" Elbeck (1984*)
Voyd Joseph "Butch" Elich (1983*)
Peter Anton Elich Jr. (1976*)

5
Honorees in "D" Section

Remembering Our Fallen GPSA Inductees

The Greater Pueblo Sports Association (GPSA) has announced a list of honorees that have passed since the 2022 induction ceremony on Nov. 16.

 

Dennis TrujilloDennis Trujillo
11/28/2022
Class of 2007