Year Inducted: 1994 (p)
Nominated By: Kimberly, Michael & Michelle Klomp (children) 
Sports Competed In: Football
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Coach, Administrator

John KlompJohn Klomp

High School:
Attended Wesleyville, Pennsylvania H.S., graduating in 1955...Played four years of football (halfback and defensive back) and baseball (pitcher/centerfielder) from 1952-55.

College:
Went to Penn State University in Edinboro, Pennsylvania and graduated in 1959...Played four years on the football team as a running back (1956-59).

Coaching Career:
● Begin his coaching career as an assistant football coach for three years (1960-62) at Grant H.S. in VanNuys, Calif.
● Moved on to become the an assistant baseball coach (1960-62) and the head football coach at Chatsworth H.S. in Chatsworth, Calif (1963-65).
● Made his way to Colorado and was hired as the offensive coordinator of the football team at Pueblo County H.S. (PCHS) for three seasons (1966-69) before taking the head coaching duties for the following four seasons (1969-72).
● He was also the Hornets junior varsity wrestling coach for five years (1966-70) and an assistant track coach for three seasons (1969-71).
● Concluded his coaching career, spending three years as an offensive coordinator for the Pueblo Classics from 1991-93.

Contributions:
● Moved to administration, serving for one year (1972-73) as an Assistant Principal at PCHS, before taking over for the next 10 years (1973-83) as the school's Principal.
● Worked for 11 years in administration as the Associate Superintendent for School District #70 from (1983-94) and also was the Activities Director for five years (1990-94).
● Served as a committee member for the Pueblo Classics from 1991-94 and the Runyon Field Transition (1993-94).

Occupation:
 Teacher, coach and administrator for School District #70.

Personal:
Lives in Pueblo, Colorado with his wife, Patricia... At the time of his nomination, 11 individuals wrote letters of recommendation.


GPSA "K" By The Numbers

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

 1
Athlete
Victor "Vic" Ford Keen (2016)

Attended First GPSA Meeting.
Loren Kilstofte (2003*>)

Attended H.S. in Colorado
Jerry H. "Kerz" Kersey (2008*p)
Rye H.S., Rye, CO

Attended Pueblo Catholic H.S.
Joseph "George" Kaplan (2014)

Attended Pueblo West H.S.
Christie "Zinanti" Koschke (2020)

Golf
Christie "Zinanti" Koschke (2020)

Softball
Christie "Zinanti" Koschke (2020)

Swimming
David S. Knapp (1988)

Wrestling
Karl Frederick Kottenstette (2019)

 2
Athlete/Coach/Official
Karl Frederick Kottenstette (2019)
Kirk E. Kochenberger (2010)

Attended Pueblo South H.S.
Charles Allen Kochenberger (2001)
David S. Knapp (1988)

Baseball
Joseph "George" Kaplan (2014)
Gary L. Knafelc (1973+)

Boxing
Prince Knafelc (1988*)
Gary L. Knafelc (1973+)

Coach/Administrator
John LeGrand Klomp (2014)
Willard Stanley Kettering (1978)

Contributor
Rocky Khosla, M.D. (2020)
Loren H. Kilstofte (2003*>)

GPSA Charter Member
Thomas E. Keach (1973+)
Gary L. Knafelc (1973+)

Track
Victor "Vic" Ford Keen (2016)
Thomas E. "Tom" Keach (1973+)

 

3
Attended H.S. Outside Colorado
John LeGrand Klomp (2014)
Wesleyville H.S., Wesleyville, PA
Loren H. Kilstofte (2003*>)
Winona H.S., Winona, MN
Willard Stanley Kettering (1978)
Lisbon H.S., Lisbon, IA

4
Honorees Deceased
Jerry H. "Kerz" Kersey (2008*)
Loren H. Kilstofte (2003*>)
Prince Knafelc (1988*)
Willard Stanley Kettering (1978*)

 

5
Basketball
Christie "Zinanti" Koschke (2020)
Victor "Vic" Ford Keen (2016)
Kirk E. Kochenberger (2010)
Jerry H. "Kerz" Kersey (2008*p)
Charles Allen Kochenberger (2001)

Athlete/Coach
Joseph "George" Kaplan (2014)
Charles Allen Kochenberger (2001)
Prince Knafelc (1988*)
David S. Knapp (1988)
Gary L. Knafelc (1973+)

 

 6
Attended Pueblo Central H.S.
Karl Frederick Kottenstette (2019)
Victor "Vic" Ford Keen (2016)
Kirk E. Kochenberger (2010)
Prince Knafelc (1988*)
Thomas E. "Tom" Keach (1973+)
Gary L. Knafelc (1973+)

Football
Karl Frederick Kottenstette (2019)
Joseph "George" Kaplan (2014)
John LeGrand Klomp (2014)
Kirk E. Kochenberger (2010)
Jerry H. "Kerz" Kersey (2008*p)
Prince Knafelc (1988*)
Gary L. Knafelc (1973+)

 

16
Honorees in "K" 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