Tano Ozzello

Year Inducted: 1992
Nominated By: Jim Conrad and Michael J. Marcovecchio
Sports Competed In: N/A
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Coach, Administrator

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High School:
Attended Trinidad H.S., in Trinidad, CO, graduating in 1951.

Went to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO where he graduated in 1955...Continued his post-graduate studies at Adams State College in Alamosa, CO working on a Masters Degree...He also earned a Principal Certificate from the University of Denver and a Superintendent Certificate from Western State College in Gunnison, CO.

Coaching Career:
Coached both football and basketball at Pueblo Catholic H.S. and Roncalli.

● As the Shamrocks basketball coach, posted an 85-15 record and won the Southern Colorado Parochial League crown four straight years from 1964-67.
● In Roncalli's first year in the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA), they got beat in the last quarter in a game against the Wheatridge Farmer (March 4, 1968).

● Spent 35 years in education administration.
● Begin his career as a teacher/coach for four years (1955-59) at Primero Union School, moved on to work the next three years (1960-63) in the Trinidad Public Schools.
● Moved to Pueblo where he worked at Pueblo Catholic High School from 1963-71.
● Worked for one year as both the Athletic Director and Assistant Principal at Roncalli High School in Pueblo (1971).
● Moved to the eastern plains and taking over the Principal duties for the next 20 years at La Junta High School from 1971-91.
● Member of the Executive Committee for the CHSAA for seven years (1983-90) and served as its President for two years (1987-89).
● Played a key roll on the development and implementation of "War On Drugs" program that includes a series of statewide seminars for high school and junior high students, as well as coaches and parents, to battle the war on drugs.

"Ozzello was as crafty as he was animated and high-spirited, one of the city’s more interesting and successful coaches."
-- Dave Socier, The Pueblo Chieftain

Worked as a teacher, coach and administrator

Lived in Pueblo with his wife, Mary.. Passed away on February 24, 2005 at age 71.

GPSA "O" By The Numbers

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

Ronald "Big O" Oreskovich (2017*)

Joseph “Swift” Michael Occhiato (2020*p)

Attended H.S. Inside Colorado
Tano Ozzello (1992*)
Trinidad H.S., Trinidad, CO

Ronald "Big O" Oreskovich (2017*p)

Ronald "Big O" Oreskovich (2017*p)

Charter Inductee
Edward A. "Ed" Orazem (1973*+)

Tano Ozzello (1992*)

Edward A. "Ed" Orazem (1973*+)

Ronald "Big O" Oreskovich (2017*p)

Ronald "Big O" Oreskovich (2017*p)



Attended Pueblo Central H.S.
Ronald "Big O" Oreskovich (2017*p)
Edward A. "Ed" Orazem (1973*+)

Honorees Inducted Posthumously
Joseph “Swift” Michael Occhiato (2020*p)
Ronald "Big O" Oreskovich (2017*p)


Honorees Deceased
Joseph “Swift” Michael Occhiato (2020*p)
Ronald "Big O" Oreskovich (2017*p)
Tano Ozzello (1992*)
Edward A. "Ed" Orazem (1973*+)

Honorees in "O" Section