Year Inducted: 1987
Nominated By: Gregory E. Smith
Sports Competed In: Basketball
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete, Coach

Walt Pickard

High School:
Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S., graduating in 1959.

Achievements:
High School:
● Three-year letterman (1956-58) on the Bulldogs football team playing quarterback.
● Named All-State & All-American at quarterback.
● Lettered three seasons (1957-59) playing basketball (guard).
● Winner of the Paul Boyer Trophy, given for the Best Basketball player in the City.
● Continued his prep career playing for the Bulldogs baseball team for three seasons (1957-59) where he was selected to play in the senior game.

College:
Went to Pueblo Jr. College (PJC) and played basketball (guard) for two seasons (1960-62)...Continued his education at North Texas State (NTS), graduating in 1965.

Achievements:
College:
● As a freshman, played on the team that Team finished 3rd Place in the National Jr. College Tournament (1960)
● Won the National Jr. College Championship in 1961.
● Played basketball (guard) for two years while at NTS (1962-64).

Related Activities:
● Softball player on teams that won the state championships.
● Avid golfer and runs daily.

Coaching Career:
● Spent his coaching career in basketball, starting out as an assistant at Freed Junior High (1965).
● Spent the next three years (1966-68) as the head coach at Keating Junior High.
● Moved to the high school level in 1969 where he spent the next 14 years (until 1983) as the head basketball coach at Pueblo East.
● Reached the 100-wins coaching plateau in 1977 as he guided the Eagles to a an 18-2 record and a runner-up finish at the state tournament.
● The previous year (1976), led Pueblo East to a third place showing at state.

Achievements:
Received the honor of being inducted into the University of Southern Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (Formerly Pueblo Jr. College, Southern Colorado State College).

Occupation:
Teacher and coach - School District #60 - Pueblo East H.S.

Personal:
Lives in Pueblo with his wife, Nancy Dupps.


GPSA "C" By The Numbers

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

 1
Attended H.S. Outside Colorado
Chester W. "Bill" Corder (1987)
Kansas City H.S., Kansas City, MO

Attended Pueblo East H.S.
Alan E. Colglazier (2011)

Atended Pueblo South H.S.
Louie D. Carleo (2003)

Attended Roncalli H.S./P. Central H.S.
Michael J. "Mike" Cunico (2000)

Cross Country/Track
Steven J. Cathcart (2004)

Boxing
Joseph "Joe Awful" Coffee (1974*)

Lifetime Member of the GPSA
Samuel J. "Sam" Corsentino (1980 LM)

Softball
Alan E. Colglazier (2011)

Sports Director TV 5/30
Douglas L. "Lee Douglas" Cooley (2005*)

Tennis
Herb Casebeer (1977*)

U.S. District Judge
Hatfield "Judge" Chilson (1976*)

 

2
Athlete
Jerry C. Cunico (2004)
Michael J. "Mike" Cunico (2000)

Athlete/Contributor
Steven J. Cathcart (2004)
Herb Casebeer (1977*)

Contributor
Douglas L. "Lee Douglas" Cooley (2005*)
Vernon T. Cochran (1975*)

3
Athlete/Coach/Contributor
Samuel Joseph "Sam" Corsentino (1980 LM)
Ken Coatney (1976*>)
Joseph "Joe Awful" Coffee (1974*)

Attended Pueblo County H.S.
Carol L. Cosby (2017)
Steven J. Cathcart (2004)
Samuel Joseph "Sam" Corsentino (1980 LM)

Entrepreneur
Steven J. Cathcart (2004)
Herb Casebeer (1977*)
Ken Coatney (1976*>)

Track
Gregory Norman Critchett (2017)
Jerry C. Cunico (2004)
Michael Gene "Mike" Chorak (1997)

 

4
Baseball
Walter E. "Walt" Clay (2005*)
Michael J. "Mike" Cunico (2000)
Darrell Bruce Colvin (1994)
Samuel Joseph "Sam" Corsentino (1980 LM)

Wrestling
Jerry C. Cunico (2004)
Louie D. Carleo (2003)
Michael Gene "Mike" Chorak (1997)
Chester W. "Bill" Corder (1987)

 

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
Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S.
Gregory Norman Critchett (2017)
Douglas L. "Lee Douglas" Cooley (2005*)
Darrell Bruce Colvin (1994)
Norman G. Colglazier (1987)
Hatfield "Judge" Chilson (1976*)
Ken Coatney (1976*>)

Basketball
Carol L. Cosby (2017)
Walter E. "Walt" Clay (2005*)
Norman G. Colglazier (1987)
Chester W. "Bill" Corder (1987)
Samuel Joseph "Sam" Corsentino (1980 LM)
Hatfield "Judge" Chilson (1976*)

Football
Gregory Norman Critchett (2017)
Walter E. "Walt" Clay (2005*)
Jerry C. Cunico (2004)
Louie D. Carleo (2003)
Michael Gene "Mike" Chorak (1997)
Hatfield "Judge" Chilson (1976*)
Ken Coatney (1976*>)
Earl Harry 'Dutch' Clark (1973+*)

 

9
Athlete/Coach
Carol L. Cosby (2017)
Gregory Norman Critchett (2017)
Alan E. Colglazier (2011)
Louie D. Carleo (2003)
Michael Gene "Mike" Chorak (1997)
Darrell Bruce Colvin (1994)
Norman G. Colglazier (1987)
Chester W. "Bill" Corder (1987)
Earl Harry 'Dutch' Clark (1973+*)

Honorees Deceased
Sam O. Clay, Jr. (2007*)
Walter E. "Walt" Clay (2005*)
Douglas L. "Lee Douglas" Cooley (2005*)
Herb Casebeer (1977*)
Ken Coatney (1976*>)
Hatfield (Judge) Chilson (1976*)
Vernon T. Cochran (1975*)
Joseph "Joe Awful" Coffee (1974*)
Earl Harry 'Dutch' Clark (1973+*)

 

23
Honorees in "C" 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