Year Inducted: 1984
Nominated By: Martin Gonzales
Sports Competed In: N/A
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete, Coach, Administrator

Walt Pickard

High School:
Attended Pueblo Central H.S., graduating in 1952.

Achievements:
High School:
● Played quarterback for the Wildcats football team, earning All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State in 1951.
● Also a three-time All-Conference (1949-51) as a member of the wrestling squad.
● Placed fourth in his junior year at the state tournament at 112 lbs., and third the following year (senior season) at 120 lbs.

College:
Went to Pueblo Junior College (PJC) in 1953...Transferred to the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greeley, CO, graduating in 1956. Worked on his post-graduate degrees at: Adams State College, Alamosa, CO, Graduated in 1970 with an M.A. degree and the University of Wyoming, Superintendent Certification (1977) .

Achievements:
College:
● All-Conference perfomer as a halfback and played on the baseball team at second base at PJC.
● Successful wrestler for the Bears, winning the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship at 123 lbs. his junior season (1955).

Coaching Career:
● Began coaching career at his Alma Mater (Pueblo Central H.S.) where served as an assistant on the football team.
● Hlped lead the Wildcats to the 3A State Championship twice (1961, 1965).
● Moved from the sidelines to the wrestling mats for 10 seasons (1959-69).
● Led the Wildcats to three District Wrestling Championships (1960, 1962 and 1969) and three South Central League Wrestling Championships (1960, 1964 and 1966).
● Career duel record at the 3A level of 85-25-2.
● Won the Pueblo East Wrestling Tournament, twice (1966 and 1968) and runner-up in 1960 and 1964.
● Coached state individual champions: Cliff Frazier and Greg Smith.
● Also was an assistant coach on the track team for 10 years (1959-69).

Achievements:
Administrative:
● Developed soccer programs for high school boys and girls, 1986.
● Developed softball program for high school girls, 1989.
● Developed competitive athletic programs for middle school boys and girls, 1989.
● Developed financial guidelines that moved the athletic department from a $40,000 deficit to assets of $140,000.
● Added athletic trainers to each high school staff.
● Participated in the planning and implementation of the upgrading of all high school outdoor athletic facilities.
● Developed the first mandatory coaching staff development program for non-certificated coaches.

Honors:
● Selected one of the top ten Hispanic individuals in the State of Colorado by the League of United Latin American Citizens in 1978.
● Outstanding Teacher Recognition by Silver State Lodge No. 95 AF&AM in 1981.
● Recognized by the Colorado Athletic Directors Association for outstanding service in 1984.
● Inducted into the Mexican American Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.
● Selected the Outstanding Athletic Director for the State of Colorado in 1991.
● Inducted into the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) Hall of Fame in 1995.
● Inducted into the CHSAA Hall of Fame, 1994.
● Inducted into the Pueblo Softball Hall of Fame 2010.

Professional Affiliations:
● Member of Pueblo Central High School Foundation.
● Member of Southern Colorado Appeals Committee, C.H.S.A.A.
● President of Hearthstone Homeowners Association.
● Past President, Greater Pueblo Sports Association.
● Past President, Bessemer Elementary P.T.A.
● Past President, Community Board of Directors, United Bank.
● Past President, Pueblo Softball Association.

Past Director of Pueblo Softball Programs (1958-75)
● Developed the slow-pitch program for the City of Pueblo in 1963 as an alternative program for older softball players.
● Helped organize and develop the Independent League, Women's Fast and Slow Pitch Association and Men's Slow Pitch Association.

Past District Commissioner of International Softball Congress (ISC), 1960-75
● Directed three International Softball Association State Tournaments.
● Was invited to attend the ISC World Softball Tournament in 1974 by ISC Commissioner Carol Forbes to prepare Pueblo as a future site for the World Softball Tournament.

Past Member of the following board of directors/committees:
● U.S.C. Alumni Association.
● Y.M.C.A.
● Colorado Legal Education Program Advisory Board.
● State Football Committee.
● State Basketball Committee.
● Boy’s Club.
● S.C.S.C. Faculty Athletic Committee.
● Pueblo Youth Naturally.
● Southern Colorado Sports, Inc.

Occupation:
Executive Director of Student Activities, School District No. 60 (Retired).

Personal:
Lived in Pueblo with his wife, Clara...Passed away on Aug. 29, 2010.


GPSA "R" By The Numbers

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

1
Administrator/Coach
Sollie Simon "Sol" Raso (1976> LM)

Athlete/Contributor
Dean Rougas (2019)

Attended Pueblo Roncalli H.S.
Michael Daniel "Dan" Radiff (1997)

Lifetime Member of GPSA
Sollie Simon "Sol" Raso (1976>LM)

 

 2
Athlete/Coach/Contributor
Edward R. "Ed" Renck (2008)
Carmen Angelo Rivas (1999>)

Attended First Meeting
Carmen Angelo Rivas (1999>)
Sollie Simon "Sol" Raso (1976>LM)

Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S.
Richard D. Redd (2004*)
Dr. Charles Dale Rea (1978*)

Attended Pueblo East H.S.
David A. Ryder (2018)
Kenneth C. "Ken" Ramos (2008)

Golf
Pat Allen Rea (1997)
Richard "Rich" Riesner (1993)

Track
David A. Ryder (2018)
Michael Daniel "Dan" Radiff (1997)

 

 

 

3
Attended Pueblo South H.S.
Ed A. "Heavy" Reinert (2015)
Bradley Earl "Brad" Ranson (1998)
Richard "Rich" Riesner (1993)

Athlete/Coach/Administrator
Fred John Rodriquez (2001)
John Lawrence Rivas (1984*)
Dr. Charles Dale Rea (1978*)

Contributor
Robert Hoag "Bob" Rawlings (1999)
Bradley Earl "Brad" Ranson (1998)
Jimmie Earl "Jim" Ranson (1978*)

Wrestling
Ed A. "Heavy" Reinert (2015)
Richard D. Redd (2004*)
Carmen Angelo Rivas (1999>)

 

4
Attended H.S. In Colorado
Robert Hoag "Bob" Rawlings (1999)
Las Animas H.S., Las Animas, CO
Anthony J. "Tony" Ribaudo (1998)
Trinidad H.S., Trinidad, CO
Jimmie Earl "Jim" Ranson (1978*)
Canon City H.S., Canon City, CO
Sollie Simon "Sol" Raso (1976> LM)
North Denver H.S., Denver, CO

 

5
Athlete
David A. Ryder (2018)
James G. "Jim" Reynolds (2013)
Richard D. Redd (2004*)
Pat Allen Rea (1997)
Jimmie Earl "Jim" Ranson (1978*)

Baseball
Dean Rougas (2019)
Kenneth C. "Ken" Ramos (2008)
Carmen Angelo Rivas (1999>)
Anthony J. "Tony" Ribaudo (1998)
Jimmie Earl "Jim" Ranson (1978*)

Honorees Deceased
Richard D. Redd (2004*)
Pat A. Rea (1997*)
John Lawrence Rivas (1984*)
Jimmie Earl "Jim" Ranson (1978*)
Dr. Charles Dale Rea (1978*)

6
Basketball
Dean Rougas (2019)
David A. Ryder (2018)
James G. "Jim" Reynolds (2013)
Bradley Earl "Brad" Ranson (1998)
Anthony J. "Tony" Ribaudo (1998)
Jimmie Earl "Jim" Ranson (1978*)

 

7
Attended Pueblo Central H.S.
Dean Rougas (2019)
James G. "Jim" Reynolds (2013)
Edward R. "Ed" Renck (2008)
Daniel Joseph "Rosie" Rosales (2002)
Fred John Rodriquez (2001)
Carmen Angelo Rivas (1999>)
John Lawrence Rivas (1984*)

 

8
Athlete/Coach
David A. Ryder (2018)
Ed A. "Heavy" Reinert (2015)
James G. "Jim" Reynolds (2013)
Kenneth C. "Ken" Ramos (2008)
Bradley Earl "Brad" Ranson (1998)
Anthony J. "Tony" Ribaudo (1998)
Michael Daniel "Dan" Radiff (1997)
Richard "Rich" Riesner (1993)

Football
David A. Ryder (2018)
Ed A. "Heavy" Reinert (2015)
James G. "Jim" Reynolds (2013)
Richard D. Redd (2004*)
Anthony J. "Tony" Ribaudo (1998
Michael Daniel "Dan" Radiff (1997)
Richard "Rich" Riesner (1993)
Jimmie Earl "Jim" Ranson (1978)

 

20
Honorees in "R" 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