Year Inducted: 2013
Nominated By: David Lange 
Sports Competed In: Baseball
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Coach

Stan SanchezHigh School:
Stan was the head baseball coach at San Bernardino High School (1973)... He led the Cardinals to the Ivy League Championship in his first year...He then moved on to Aquinas High School in San Bernardino in 1977...From 1979-81, Sanchez let the Falcons to three consecutive De Anza League Championships  and earning three "Coach-of-the-Year" honors in that same span.

Junior College:
Sanchez moved up to the junior college ranks in 1982 at San Bernardino Valley...He won three divisional titles, claim three Foothill Athletic Conference Championships and earn three state regional crowns... In 1986, Stanz was named Foothill Conference "Coach-of-the-Year"... During his tenure at Valley, Sanchez was also involved in developing the San Bernardino Spirit, a minor league affiliate of the Seattle Mariners organization. He even had a hand in coaching future-hall-of-famer Ken Griffey, Jr.

College:
Hired on Jan. 22, 1993 by CSU-Pueblo to lead the way when CSU-Pueblo reinstated the ThunderWolves' baseball program in 1994 after a nine-year hiatus.

College Achievements:
●  Over the past 21 years has built one of the winningest NCAA Division II baseball programs in the nation at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
● Led the Pack to the 1994 Mile High Intercollegiate Baseball League title.
● Two-time Colorado Athletic Conference champions (1994, 1995).
● Won six  Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) titles (1996, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2009 and 2013).
● Won one NCAA Division II West Regional Tournament championship (1996) and placed fifth that year at the Division II College World Series.
● Made eight regional tournament appearances (the latest in 2013).
● Ranked in the NCAA Division II's Top 30 poll over 50 times, with the highest ranking coming in 2004 when the Pack held down the #2 spot for two weeks.
● The ThunderWolves' all-time winningest baseball coach, with 686 wins.
●  Sanchez has the most wins of any active coach in the RMAC and is just 14 wins away from becoming just the 42nd coach in NCAA Division II history to post 700 career wins.
●  Voted by peers as the Mile High Intercollegiate Baseball League (MHIBL) and RMAC "Coach-of-the-Year" in 1994, 1996 and 2001 respectively.
●  Named the West Region "Coach-of-the-Year" in 1996.

Throughout his entire career at all levels, he has more than 1,000 coaching wins...Prior to being named the T-Wolves' head coach, Sanchez was an assistant coach at Cal State Northridge, an NCAA I program...Established CSU-Pueblo Baseball Academy 1993...Established University of Southern/CSU-Pueblo Baseball Rendezvous Golf Event with Major League Baseball Celebs.


GPSA "S" By The Numbers

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

1
Athlete/Coach
LeRoy Snook (2022)

Athlete/Coach/Administrator
Kent Owen Smith (2001)

Athlete/Coach/Contributor
Michael C. Sexton (2019)

Attended Pueblo County H.S.
Gary Frank Salimeno (2006)

Attended Pueblo East H.S.
LeRoy Snook (2022)

Basketball
LeRoy Snook (2022)

Billiards
Debra "Debbie" Snook (2004)

Boxing
Marty Servo (2021*p)

Coach/Administrator
Melvin L. "Mel" Spence (1980*)

Football
LeRoy Snook (2022)

Golf
Isobel DeFiore Simpson (1987*)

Lifetime GPSA Member
Dr. Donald G. Stutters (1993)

Tennis
Gerald "Jerry" Starika (1990)

Track
LeRoy Snook (2022)

Volleyball
Ruth E. Shelton (2012)

Won a National Championship
Harry "Chief" Simmons (1973*+)

 

2
Attended Pueblo Catholic H.S.

Dr. John Eugene Skube (2000)
David Arthur "Sosh" Socier (1993)

Attended Pueblo South H.S.
David "Dave" Shaddy (2019)
John A. Salas (2008)

Attended Pueblo St. Patrick's H.S.
Russell C. "Russ" Sabo (2004*)
Dr. John W. Sabo, Jr. (1992*p)

Charter Member
Harry "Chief" Simmons (1973*+)
Edwin J. "Ed" Smith (1973*+)

Coach/Contributors
G. Owen Smith (2001*)
Dr. Donald G.Stutters (1993 LM)

Coach/Official
Fred F. Smith (1979*)
James Dale "Ox" Smith (1977*p)

Official
LeRoy Snook (2022)
Roger G. Samuels (2001)
Thomas L. "Tom" Stanton (1980*)

 

3
Contributors/Sports Media

Mike Salardino (2022)
David Michael "Mike" Spence (2007)
Timothy "Tim" Simmons (1986)
David Arthur "Sosh" Socier (1993*)

 

4
Athlete/Contributor

David "Dave" Shaddy (2019)
John A. Salas (2008)
Dr. John W. Sabo, Jr. (1992*p)
Andy Richard Sackman (1985*)

Attended H.S. Inside Colorado
Deward "Dewey" Sullivan (2003)
Boone H.S., Boone, CO
G. Owen Smith (2001*)
Ft. Collins, H.S., Ft. Collins, CO
Frank A. "Iron Man" Slack (1975*)
Leadville, H.S., Leadville, CO
Harry "Chief" Simmons (1973*+)
El Paso Cty H.S., Colo. Springs, CO
Ramah H.S., Ramah, CO

Attended H.S. Outside Colorado
Dr. Donald G. Stutters (1993 LM)
Watonga H.S., Watonga, OK
Dennis Lawrence Shefcyk (1992*)
St. Bonaventure H.S., Omaha, NE
Fred F. Smith (1979*)
Central H.S., St. Joseph's, MO
Edwin J. "Ed" Smith (1973*+)
Cawker City H.S., Cawker City, KS

Softball
Ruth E. Shelton (2012)
Loree "Pi" Sanford (1992*)
Charles "George" Simms, Jr. (1982*)
Otto "Tink" Snapp, Jr. (1976*p)

Wrestling
Jerry Lee Sisneros (2002)
David "Styee" Styduhar (1998)
Frank A. "Iron Man" Slack (1975*)
Edwin J. "Ed" Smith (1973*+)

 

 

 

5
Coach

Stan Sanchez (2013)
Deward "Dewey" Sullivan (2003)
Jerry Lee Sisneros (2002)
David "Styee" Styduhar (1998)
Harry "Chief" Simmons (1973*+)

 

6
Baseball

David "Dave" Shaddy (2019)
Edward C. "Eddie" Smith (2018*p)
Gary Frank Salimeno (2006)
Russell C. "Russ" Sabo (2004*)
Charles "George" Simms, Jr. (1982*)
Fred F. Smith (1979*)

Honorees Awarded Posthumously
Marty Servo (2021*p)
Edward C. "Eddie" Smith (2018*p)
John "Sal" Salimeno, Jr. (2005*p)
Dr. John W. Sabo, Jr. (1992*p)
James Dale "Ox" Smith (1977*p)
Otto "Tink" Snapp, Jr. (1976*p)

 

9
Athlete

Marty Servo (2021*p)
Edward C. "Eddie" Smith (2018*p)
Ronald A. Smith (2013)
Rick Shelton (2013)
Terry S. Snider (2012)
John "Sal" Salimeno, Jr. (2005*p)
Russell C. "Russ" Sabo (2004*)
Loree "Pi" Sanford (1992*)
Gerald "Jerry" Starika (1990)

 

45
Honorees in "S" 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