Year Inducted: 1978
Nominated By: Ethel "Teach" Wentworth
Sports Competed In: N/A
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Coach, Contributor
Attended Lisbon H.S., Lisbon, Iowa, graduating in 1909...Played four years of football (1905-09).
Went Cornell College, in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where he graduated in 1914...Furthered his education at the Bob Guppke school of coaching at the University of Illinois (UI), graduating in 1920.
● Member of the football team (1910-13) and baseball squad (1911-14) at West Cornell College.
● Played baseball in the 3-1 League which consisted of teams from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana for five years (1910-15) while attending summer school at UI.
● Started his football coaching career at West Union Iowa H.S. (1919-20).
● Moved to Colorado to take the reins of the Pueblo Centennial H.S. football program compiling a seven-year record of 29-21-4 from 1920-26.
● Re-instated a defunct athletic program between Pueblo Central H.S. and Pueblo Centennial H.S. upon his arrival to Pueblo in 1920.
● On Nov. 29, 1923, his Bulldog team beat Pueblo Central H.S. led by Earl "Dutch" Clark during his junior season 5-0.
● Defeated Clark's team again during his senior year, 22-13, in 1924.
● Willard also coached basketball, baseball, track and rifle at Pueblo Centennial H.S.
● Rifle teams won High honors in Regional, State, and National Matches and were the state high school Division Champs in 1930, 1931, 1932.
Year-by-year football records while head coach at Pueblo Centennial H.S.
● Became the Athletic Director at Pueblo Centennial H.S., a position he held for 14 years (1927-41) after coaching.
● Responsible for organizing the First Annual Centennial Track Meet in 1927.
● Retired in 1941 and was called into service a reserve officer during World War II.
Honored in 1976 by Pueblo Centennial as a "Master Teacher" at the high school's Bi-Centennial banquet.
Teacher, coach and athletic director for School District #60 (Pueblo Centennial H.S.).
Lived in Pueblo until his death on June 16, 1983.