Year Inducted: 1988
Nominated By: Louis A. Paglione
Sports Competed In: Football, Wrestling
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete, Coach

Willie Wright

High School:
Attended Pueblo Central year, graduating 1943...Played two seasons of football at fullback for the Wildcats (1941-42).

College:
● Went to Pueblo Junior College (PJC) and played on the football team for two years at fullback.
● Graduated after World War II in 1949.
● Furthered his education at Western State College (WSC) in Gunnison, CO, graduating in 1951.
● Played both linebacker and fullback for the Mountaineers football team for two seasons (1949-50).
● Also spent one season on the wrestling mat.
● Graduated with his Master's degree in 1960 from WSC.

Coaching Career:
● Spent five season each as a a coach of the Old Timers Baseball league and the head football coach at Pleasant View (1951-55).
● Moved on to become the head football coach at Pueblo County H.S. for five years (1954-58).
● Served for five seasons as the wrestling coach (1954-59).
● Named to coach the Pueblo South H.S. golf team on four occasions (1960, 1963, 1970 and 1971).
● Also spent four seasons as the wrestling coach and two (1962-63) as the baseball coach for the Colts (1963-66).
● Selected to run the Pueblo South football program for four years (1966-69).

Achievements:
Coaching:
● Led Pleasant View to the State Baseball Championship in 1952.
● Led the Hornets to the 1954 league football title.
● Led the 1957 wrestling squad to the District Championship, and coached Eugene Cozzolino, the state champion at 103 lbs.
● The 1964 wrestling team won East Tournament and the District Tournament.
● The 1966 wrestling team posted a record of 11-2-1.
● Selected to coach the North/South team in the 1969 gridiron All Star game.
● Posted a combined wrestling record 61-20-3 and football record of 35-56-1, coaching at both Pueblo County H.S. and Pueblo South H.S.

Related Activities:
Retired from coaching 1970 and put efforts into teaching and served as Activities Director at South H.S. until he retired 1982.

Occupation:
Teacher and coach

Honors:
Lived in Pueblo, CO with his wife, Mary E. DeGrado...Passed away on April 26, 2013.


GPSA "D" By The Numbers

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

1
Athlete/Administrator
Dan E. DeRose (2002)

Athlete/Contributor
Edward J. "Dr. Eddie" DeRose (2008)

Athlete/Coach/Contributor
Bruno A. "Dr." DeRose (1973*+)

Attended Pueblo East H.S.
Dan E. DeRose (2002)

Attended Pueblo South H.S.
Dee Dee Dominquez (2015)

Attended H.S. Inside Colorado
Michael L. "Mike" Duran (1984)
Primero H.S., Weston, CO

Attended H.S. Outside Colorado
Paul DeFoyd (1986*)
Henderson H.S., Frederick, OK

Awarded Posthumously
Dale G. Drummond (2004*p)

Coach
Paul DeFoyd (1986*)

Charter Inductee of the GPSA
Bruno A. "Dr." DeRose (1973*+)

Cross Country
Michael L. "Mike" Duran (1984)

Gymnastics
Kendra S. (Nogare) Drury (2014)

Tennis
Dale G. Drummond (2004*p)

Wrestling
John DeNardo (1988*)

 

3
Athlete
Dee Dee Dominquez (2015)
Michael L. "Mike" Duran (1984)
Julius F. "Bud" Dammann (1979*)


4
Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S.
Edward J. "Dr. Eddie" DeRose (2008)
Sam Dazzio (2000*)
Julius F. "Bud" Dammann (1979*)
Bruno A. "Dr." DeRose (1973*+)

Baseball
David Q. "Duv" Dudley (1996)
Charles R. "Chuck" DePietro (1986)
Frank DeLeon (1984)
Julius F. "Bud" Dammann (1979*)

Track
Dan E. DeRose (2002)
Sam Dazzio (2000*)
Michael L. "Mike" Duran (1984)
Julius F. "Bud" Dammann (1979*)

 

5
Attended Pueblo Central H.S.
Jerry C. Cunico (2004)
Michael Gene "Mike" Chorak (1997)
Herb Casebeer (1977*)
Joseph "Joe Awful" Coffee (1974*)
Earl Harry 'Dutch' Clark (1973+*)

 

6
Athlete/Coach
Kendra S. (Nogare) Drury (2014)
Sam Dazzio (2000*)
David Q. "Duv" Dudley (1996)
John DeNardo (1988*)
Charles R. "Chuck" DePietro (1986)
Frank DeLeon (1984)

Attended Pueblo Central H.S.
Kendra S. (Nogare) Drury (2014)
Dale G. Drummond (2004*p)
David Q. "Duv" Dudley (1996)
John DeNardo (1988*)
Charles R. "Chuck" DePietro (1986)
Frank DeLeon (1984)

 

 

7
Honorees Deceased
Sam Dazzio (2000*)
Edward J. "Dr. Eddie" DeRose (2008)
Dale G. Drummond (2004*p)
John DeNardo (1988*)
Paul DeFoyd (1986*)
Julius F. "Bud" Dammann (1979*)
Bruno A. "Dr." DeRose (1973*+)

 

9
Football
Edward J. "Dr. Eddie" DeRose (2008)
Dale G. Drummond (2004*p)
Dan E. DeRose (2002)
Sam Dazzio (2000*)
John DeNardo (1988*)
Charles R. "Chuck" DePietro (1986)
Frank DeLeon (1984)
Julius F. "Bud" Dammann (1979*)
Bruno A. "Dr." DeRose (1973*+)

 

10
Football
Dee Dee Dominquez (2015)
Edward J. "Dr. Eddie" DeRose (2008)
Dale G. Drummond (2004*p)
Dan E. DeRose (2002)
Sam Dazzio (2000*)
David Q. "Duv" Dudley (1996)
Paul DeFoyd (1986*)
Charles R. "Chuck" DePietro (1986)
Julius F. "Bud" Dammann (1979*)
Bruno A. "Dr." DeRose (1973*+)

 

15
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