GPSA Locations

GPSA Office
P.O. Box 413
Pueblo, CO 81002

Massari Arena
Pueblo, CO 81007

Hall of Fame Wall
Thatcher Building (Main Floor)
5th and Main
Pueblo, CO 81003

Top Panel
Friday, 03 December 2021

GPSA Meetings

Below are the TENTATIVE meetings dates for the GPSA during the 2022 calendar year. All meeting are held on the third Monday of the month in the GPSA at Massari Arena. Dates are subject to change if necessary.

Jan. 17 Feb. 21 Mar. 21 Apr. 18
May 16 Aug. 22 Sept. 19 Oct. 17


Banquet Date/Application Deadline

The deadline for nominations each year is Aug. 1.  The 2022 Banquet is tentatively set for Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2022. Go to the Application tab above to download and fill out an application today.

If you have any questions about the application, please contact Jerry Sisneros, President of the GPSA. His email address is

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John Lawrence "JR" Rivas

High School: Attended Pueblo Central H.S., graduating in 1952...Played quarterback for the Wildcats football team, earning All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State in 1951...Rivas was also a three-time All-Conference (1949-51) as a member of the wrestling squad...He 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 where he was an All-Conference perfomer as a halfback and played on the baseball team at second base... Transferred to the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greeley, CO... Rivas was a successful wrestler for the Bears, winning the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship at 123 lbs. his junior season in 1955...JR graduated from UNC in  1956.    

Advanced Education: Worked on his post-graduate degrees at:
    Adams State College, ALamosa, CO, Graduated in 1970 with an M.A. degree
    University of Wyoming, Superintendent Certification (1977)                            
Coaching Background: JR began his coaching carer at his Alma Mater (Pueblo Central H.S.) where served as an assistant on the football team...He helped lead the Wildcats to the 3AAA State Championship twice (1961, 1965)...Rivas moved from the sidelines to the wrestling mats for 10 seasons (1959-69), leading the Wildcats to three District Wrestling Championships (1960, 1962 and 1969), three South Central League Wrestling Championships (1960, 1964 and 1966) and a career duel record at the AAA level of 85 wins, 25 loses and two ties...JR led teams won the Pueblo East Wrestling Tournament, twice (1966 and 1968) and runner-up in 1960 and 1964...State individual champions Rivas coached included Cliff Frazier and Greg Smith...JR also was an assistant coach on the track team for 10 years (1959-69).

Administrative Achievements:    
    - 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.

    - 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 CHSAAHall of Fame, 1994.
    - Inducted into the Pueblo Softball Hall of Fame 2010.

Community Involvement:    
    - 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
    - Bessemer Elementary P.T.A.
    - Community Board of Directors, United Bank
    - 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 me and
      Pueblo as a future site for the World Softball Tournament.

Past Member of the following board of directors/committees:
    1) U.S.C. Alumni Association            
    2) Y.M.C.A.                    
    3) Colorado Legal Education Program Advisory Board
    4) State Football Committee            
    5) State Basketball Committee            
    6) Boy’s Club
    7) S.C.S.C. Faculty Athletic Committee
    8) Pueblo Youth naturally
    9) 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.


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