Year Inducted: 1997
Nominated By: Paul Gradishar
Sports Competed In: Football, Track
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete, Coach

Michael Martinez

High School:
Attended Pueblo Roncalli H.S. and graduated in 1970...Earned 14 letters participating in football (safety/wide receiver), basketball (forward) and track (sprinter/jumper) for the Shamrocks from 1966-70).

College:
Went to Southern Colorado State College in Pueblo, CO, graduating in 1974...Four-year member (1970-74) of the football (wide receiver) and track teams (indoor and outdoor)...Continued post-graduate studies at Adams State College in Alamosa, CO, earning a Masters Degrees in the Physiology of Exercise in 1994.

Related Activities:
Played for three seasons (1987-90) on the Pueblo Crusaders as a wide receiver/punt returner.

Coaching Career:
● Started his coaching career at Beulah Junior high where he was the head basketball and track coach for a season (1974-75).
● Moved to Pueblo to spend the next 22 years as an assistant football coach and head boys and girls swimming and track coach at Pueblo County H.S. (1975-97).
● Also spent 21 years as the summer head coach for the United States Swim and 22 years as the Co-coordinator of swimming at Pueblo County Parks and Recreation.

Coaching Honors:
● Offensive Coordinator in 1984 and the defensive coordinator in 1987 vs. Broomfield in the state football playoffs.
● Won nine District Championships and and placed Runner-ups seven times as the Hornets swim coach.
● Coached swimming State Qualifiers 21 times out of 22 years.
● USS Swimming; Won 17 league titles.
● Track teams won three District Championships and finished runner-up twice in a seven-year span.

Achievements:
● Offensive Coordinator in 1984 and the defensive coordinator in 1987 vs. Broomfield in the state football playoffs.
● Won nine District Championships and and placed Runner-ups seven times as the Hornets swim coach.
● Coached swimming State Qualifiers 21 times out of 22 years.
● USS Swimming; Won 17 league titles.
● Track teams won three District Championships and finished runner-up twice in a seven-year span.

Football:
● Collegiate Football - played four years.
● All-Conference defensive safety, All-State alternate for the Southern League 1969.

Track:
● Collegiate Track - (Indoor & Outdoor) qualified for the Conference meet all four years.
● Four-time All-Conference, four-time State Qualifier.
● Pueblo Parks and Recreation Super Star Champion three consecutive years (1973-75).

Sub-Masters and Masters Track Runner: (1977-1997 - 20 years)
● Two-time Medallist in DTC of Colorado Decathlon 1979 and 1980.
● Undefeated in the 400 meters in the Rocky Mountain Masters Games and Colorado games for 18 of 20 years.
● All-American for 15 straight years.
● National Honors (top three) for six straight years.
● Two time Silver medalist, USA Track - International.
● Competition in Miyazaki, Japan and Buffalo, New York (competed in the 100 and 400 meter sprints as well as the 110 high hurdles and 400 hurdles).
● Seeking 1st Gold Medal in Durban, South Africa in July of 1997.
● Gold Metal winner at the Rocky Mountain Senior Games in Greeley (June 8-12, 2011).
● Won 100, 200, 400 meter races among all age groups - qualified for the master’s world championships in Sacramento, CA, July 7-17, 2011.
● Two-time Silver medalist, USA Track - International.

Contributions:
● National Olympic Venue Coordinator of the Sports Festival for Synchronized Swimming - 1978.
● Winningiest Coach in Colorado, third in the National Award Scholastic Coach Magazine (Swimming).

Occupation:
Teacher and Coach in school district #70.

Personal:
Lives in Pueblo, CO, with his wife Lisa.


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