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19th Annual Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame 
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
The Broadmoor World Arena

The Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be formally inducted and honored on Tuesday, October 23 at The Broadmoor World Arena. The 19th annual banquet and induction ceremony is presented by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and sponsored by The Gazette and ANB Bank. The Class of 2018 will be inducted during a gala evening beginning with a reception at 5:00 p.m and dinner at 7:00 p.m. Also on the menu is the popular sports silent auction, a feature of the event since its inaugural year in 2000. 

Ticket Prices

$2,500 for a VIP table of ten seats

$1,250 for a patron table of ten seats

$250 for a VIP seat

$125 for a patron seat

VIP seating includes premium seating location, complimentary wine, and VIP pre-event reception.   

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The plaques for those inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame are located inside The Broadmoor World Arena (3185 Venetucci Boulevard Colorado Springs Colorado 80906) on the concourse near Gate C.
 
The Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame was established in 2000 by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and is is dedicated to honoring athletes, teams, coaches, sports administrators or contributors that have brought significant recognition and distinction to the city and region through their success, leadership and notable achievement. It exists as well to salute and spotlight the city and area’s unique sports legacy, traditions and national reputation. Nominees for induction must have lived, trained, worked or competed in the Greater Pikes Peak Region during their athletic careers or service. In addition, candidates for induction must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and character, and through these characteristics, inspired others.
 
Notable inductees include: Peggy Fleming, Goose Gossage, William Thayer Tutt, Bobby Unser, Bob Mathias, Dave Ogrean, Bonnie Blair, 1980 USA Olympic Ice Hockey Team, Bill Hybl, Marty Louthan, Ben Martin, Amy Van Dyken, Ken Hatfield, Fisher DeBerry, Earl "Dutch" Clark, David and Hayes Jenkins, Chris Fowler, Rulon Gardner, and many great high school and collegiate championship teams.

Meet the Sports Hall Of Fame Class of 2018

 
Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

 

Tajima has almost singlehandedly put a face on the world's most famous motorsport hill climb, and established himself as one of the event's legends in a made-for-TV career on America's Mountain. 
 
The Japanese driver was the first in history to break the elusive 10-minute mark when he piloted his twin-turbo Suzuki SX4 to the summit of the 14,115-foot peak with an historic time of 9:51.278 in 2011. He made his debut on the Peak in 1988, taking third in the Showroom Stock Division in a Mazda 323 4WD auto, and that launched a brilliant relationship with the race that now spans three decades. 
 
The 67-year-old driver/businessman, Chairman and CEO of the Tajima Motor Corporation, dominated the prestigious Unlimited Division from 1992-2011. He won the division eight times, including six times in a row from 2006-2011, placing himself among the great drivers of past years who won this race-Michele Mouton, Bobby Unser, Ari Vatanen, Walter Röhrl, Rod Millen, David Donner, Romain Dumas and Sébastien Loeb. Tajima has four sub-ten minute finishes, the best being his 9:32.401 in 2015 when he took second to Rhys Millen in the Electric Modified Class. Tajima has been named King of the Mountain seven times and has recorded nine wins. He was inducted into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame in 2016.
 


Aaron Smith
Sierra High School/Pitsburgh Steelers Football

 

Smith was one of Sierra's High School's premier athletes in the early years of the school's history, winning all-state or all-conference honors in football and basketball. He extended that success in the college ranks with two NCAA Division II Championships at Northern Colorado in 1996 and 1997, then to a sparkling career as a defensive lineman with the Pittsburgh Steelers over 13 seasons before retiring in 2012. 
 
Smith was drafted by the Steelers in the 4th round, 109th pick overall, of the 1999 NFL draft and played in every Pittsburgh game at left defensive end from 2000 through 2006. He was considered the ideal defensive end in Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense. The Colorado Springs prep star won a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL, a 21-10 win over Seattle, recording four tackles against the Seahawks. After the 2008 season, Smith won another ring with the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII, a 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals. With that victory, the Steelers became the first team to win six Super Bowl championships. Sports Illustrated honored him with selection to its 2000s All-Decade Team. 
 
He chalked up 44 Quarterback sacks and 453 tackles during his marvelous career with the Steelers. When he retired, after being part of the Steelers for 13 years, he bought a full-page ad in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to say goodbye to the organization and its fans.

The 1998 Air Force Academy Football Team

This magnificent team remains one of the finest in the history of Falcon Football. Coached by the legendary Fisher DeBerry, the Falcons ran up a 12-1 mark, a WAC Championship, a 45-24 win over Washington in the Oahu Bowl, and a #13 ranking in the final Associated Press poll. The lone loss was a 35-34 heartbreaker against TCU in Fort Worth on September 26. 
 
The team won the prestigious Commander-in-Chief's Trophy with wins against Navy (49-7) and Army (35-7), and the league crown with a riveting 20-13 win over BYU on December 5. With Air Force's vaunted option offense shut down by Brigham Young, the Falcons used a 59-yard pass play from Blane Morgan to Matt Farmer late in the fourth quarter to beat the favored Cougars. Morgan, limping badly at times, did not start because of an ankle sprain he sustained in Air Force's last game. But he came over in the second quarter to take over from Cale Bonds and played the rest of the way. He ran for 15 touchdowns and threw for 1,144 yards and 10 touchdowns in a banner campaign. Farmer caught 35 passes for 650 yards and three touchdowns. Defensive tackle Bryce Fisher was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year and Morgan was the league's Offensive Player of the Year.

Bob Condron

U.S. Olympic Committee Director of Media Services

 

After serving as Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director at Southern Methodist University from 1971-84, Bob Condron joined the USOC staff in January, 1984, the first hire by Mike Moran. He retired in 2012 after serving as the architect of the world's premier media services system at the Olympic Games. 
 
At the Games, winter or summer, his USOC press office was not only the destination for beleaguered American journalists and broadcasters needing something, but for international media as well. Condron loved American athletes first and foremost, and his efforts put them into the spotlight. He was the Director of Media Services for the USOC for 28 years and 15 Olympic Games for Team USA and various championships and international events around the world until he packed up his office and retired, having earned the lasting respect of countless writers and broadcasters around the world. 
 
Since then he has helped wrestling return to the Olympic Games, serving in 2013 as the Communications Officer for the international federation in Switzerland for eight months as the sport won a return to the games in IOC voting. After the return to the program Condron served as the manager of press operations for United World Wrestling and was at the press chief for the World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas in 2015. He later served for two and a half years as an International Advisor for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. In 2016 he managed the media for the Rio 2016 Olympic Organizing Committee for golf's return to the Games after a 112 -year absence. 
 
He has been a member of the US Golf Association staff for seven US Men's Opens, and a Women's Open, US Amateur and Senior Open. During his work with the USOC, he was selected by the International Olympic Committee to be a member of the IOC's Press Commission, a spot he held for a decade. During that time Condron served on a five-person IOC committee to award media accreditation to the 205 National Olympic Committees in the Olympic Family.  He was presented the Spirit of the Springs Award by Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach in 2012. 
 
Moran, who served for a quarter-century as the chief spokesman for the USOC, and the man who brought Condron to Colorado Springs from Texas, said, "No journalist or broadcaster saddled with the staggering responsibility of covering the Olympic Games, from Los Angeles to Vancouver, had a better friend or advocate than Bob. It didn't matter whether they were from the New York Times, the Anchorage Daily News, Sports Illustrated or any athlete's small hometown newspapers across America."

Barbara McIntire
Amateur Golf
 
When Barbara McIntire was a nine-year-old in Toledo, Ohio, she caddied for her parents when they played golf. It wasn't long before she was playing with her own set of clubs. She nearly made history just a few years later in Duluth, Minnesota, when the 21-year-old McIntire came within a stroke of winning the U.S. Women's Open as an amateur. "It was like going to college before graduating from high school," said McIntire about the 1956 U.S. Open, her most memorable moment in a long career of golfing. She tied with Cathy Cornelius at the end of regulation play, but lost to Cornelius in an 18-hole playoff. 
 
McIntire played competitive amateur golf for nearly three decades and has numerous amateur titles to her credit, including the 1959 and 1964 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. She was a member of the USA Curtis Cup team six times and came close to becoming the first amateur to win the U.S. Women's Open. In 1957, she won the first of her six North and South Women's Amateurs, then in 1959 at the U.S. Women's Amateur she defeated the reigning champion, Anne Quast, in the quarter-finals and went on to win the tournament. The following year she won the 1960 British Ladies Amateur, becoming one of eight women to simultaneously hold the American and British titles and earning her the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. She also won the Women's Western Amateur in 1958 and 1963. 
 
She was named to the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame (1960) and selected for the Bob Jones Award in 2000, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. McIntire moved to Colorado Springs in 1962 and opened a clothing business at The Broadmoor Hotel with Judy Bell, a longtime friend who is also a member of the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame.

Theodore Roosevelt "Rosie" Collins
Colorado College Athletics
 

Even now, years after his death, whenever Colorado College athletic alumni convene, invariably, someone invokes the name of Roosevelt "Rosie" Collins. He arrived in Colorado Springs in the middle of the Great Depression from his home in Louisville, Kentucky, after borrowing $50 to pay his travel expenses. He came to accept the position of athletics trainer and equipment manager for the Tigers in 1935, a position he held until 1970. 
 
Besides being the first African American employed in a staff position at CC, Collins was a pioneer in the field of sports medicine. He was also one of the founders of the National Athletic Trainers Association. He accomplished all this with extreme nearsightedness (his Coke-bottle glasses and fedora were his trademark). In fact, many believe his impaired vision may have actually helped him earn such renown as a physical therapist. Oddly, in the days before CAT scans, magnetic resonance imaging and ultra-sound, touch was often the best method of diagnosis. 
 
Collins also extended his helping hand beyond the walls of the training room. He took in several CC athletes as boarders. He found part-time jobs around town for athletes on partial scholarships or employed them in his part-time catering company. Because of Collins' lauded work with CC's athletes, his reputation as a healer also spread through the community. Prominent downtown businessmen came to Collins to have kinks massaged out of their backs, and in 1952, he treated the sore neck of then-vice presidential candidate Richard Nixon, and the two formed a lifelong relationship. 
 
Throughout his career at CC, Collins also sat on the board of the Rocky Mountain Rehabilitation Center, and was also active in the Elks Lodge, St. John's Baptist Church and Republican Party in El Paso County. He received many lucrative offers to be a trainer for organizations such as the Air Force Academy, Brooklyn Dodgers and Denver Broncos, but declined them all, opting to stay in the community that had he had so warmly adopted as his own. Rosie passed away in March, 1978. The "Roosevelt Collins Scholarship" is given by the college each year in his memory and on October 9, 1982, a bronze plaque, located in the College Sports Center was dedicated in his honor.


Sports Corp Special Awards

 

Thayer Tutt Sportsman Award

The Thayer Tutt Sportsman Award is presented annually by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation to an individual in recognition of exceptional philanthropic and community sports support, as well as on the national sports stage.

Melinda Couch

Melinda Couch has used her marvelous gift of physical therapy support to help athletes for almost two decades in Colorado Springs. She has been the physical therapist for U.S. Figure Skating since 1999, with assignments at the Olympic Winter Games, World Championships, ISU Four Continents Competitions, National Championships and Grand Prix events.

Her contributions to amateur sport also embrace her role as physical therapist for cycling, short track speed skating, basketball, the Rocky Mountain State Games and the prestigious New York Marathon. She's traveled the world with her skills, earning the respect and admiration of thousands of athletes and coaches. Couch has dedicated her career to the treatment of injuries to athletes as well as injury prevention and wellness. She is the owner of Peak Performance Physical Therapy in Colorado 
Springs.
 

Col. F. Don Miller Sports Service Award

The Colonel F. Don Miller Sports ServiceAward is presented annually by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation to the person who best reflects the commitment exemplified by Colonel Miller in providing a lasting contribution to the Colorado Springs sports community. The presentation of this award to those locally dedicated to the importance of sports in building young lives is a fitting tribute to Colonel Miller and the thousands of young men and women who benefitted from his unparalleled service on behalf of our nation's youth.

Dennis Carter
 
Dennis Carter was a legendary coach, teacher and administrator at Ellicott High School, where he enjoyed a career that spanned three decades. He coached Ellicott's first football team in 1970, and was the head coach for Thunderhawks basketball, track and baseball teams over the years. He coached boys basketball teams at Ellicott from 1975-1994 and 2007-2008.
 
His teams won 12 league championships, made seven state tourney Final 8 appearances, and he coached eight All-State players. He was named the state's Outstanding Administrator  by the Colorado Athletic Directors Association in 1997. Carter was the principal at the school from 1994-2000 alongside his coaching responsibilities.
 

 
Previous Hall of Fame Inductees
 

2016

2017

Rachael Flatt

Dan Karcher

Marty Louthan

Dewey Reinhard

Arlene Pieper Stine

2000 Palmer High School Basketball Team

Chuck Wielgus

The Donner Family

Hank Egan

Pat Garrity

Janine Szpara

1998 USA Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team

 

                                 2014                                  

                                2015                                 

Don Cockroft

Tom Falgien

Pete Geronazzo

Michelle Johnson

Horst Richardson

1948-1949 Colorado Springs Brown Bombers

Michelle Blessing

Greg Burks

Bob Gillis

Trenidad Hubbard

William "Bill" Wright

The AdAmAn Club 

1985 Air Force Academy Football Team

 

                                 2013                                    

                                2012                                  

Bonnie Blair

Matt Carpenter

Luis Medina

Nick Sanborn

Jeff Sauer

Dick Westbay

1986-1987 Rampart Boys Basketball Team

Duane Goldman

Barry Helton

George Killian

Wayne Baughman

Christy Krall

Cheyenne Mountain High School Girls Tennis Teams 1986 - 2012

 

2011

2010

Andy Gambucci

Sherrice King

Ken Brown

Ken Hatfield

Fred Whitacre

Dave Elmore

1980 U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team

1981 Mitchell High State Football Champions                          

 

2009

2008

Jim Hartman

Andrea Melde Hooks

Charlie Manuel

Jim Miller

Doug Palazzari

Broadmoor Skating Club, 1938-2009          

 

Chris Fowler

Art Berglund

Erin Scholz

Jerry Carle

Jim Scherr

Leonard Vahsholtz

1965 Palmer High School Baseball Team    

 

2007

2006

Alan Cockrell

Amy Van Dyken

Bob Johnson

Anita Moss

Brock Strom

1956 Colorado Springs High School Football Team

Darryl Clack

Chuck Delich

Dave Delich

Rulon Gardner

Jim Milns & Coleen O'Connor

1982-1983 Air Force Football Teams                    

 

2005

2004

Justin Armour

Fisher DeBerry

Jack Finlayson

Ada Gee-deProsse

Mike Moran

1971 Wasson High School Football Team

Chad Hennings

David & Hayes Jenkins

Bob Mathias

Joe Morgan

Joan Powell

Pikes Peak or Bust Ramrods                    

 

2003

2002

Alison Dunlap

Dow Finsterwald

Ernie Jennings

Harry Hoth

Ralph Routon

1948 Colorado Springs High School Football Team

 

Alonzo Babers

Carlo Fassi

Flo Hyman

Scott Johnson

Colonel F. Don Miller

Baaron Pittenger

1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team                           

 

2001

2000

Judy Bell

Earl "Dutch" Clark

Bill "Red" Hay

Jeff Sapp

Jill Trenary

1958 U.S. Air Force Academy Football Team

 

 

 

Cullen Bryant

Peggy Fleming

Gib Funk

Rick "Goose" Gossage

William J. Hybl

Ben Martin

William Thayer Tutt

Bobby Unser

1950 Colorado College Ice Hockey Team      

 

Previous Award Winners

 Col. F. Don Miller Award Sports Service Award - The Colonel F. Don Miller Award is presented annually by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation to the person who best reflects the commitment exemplified by Colonel Miller in providing a lasting contribution to the Colorado Springs sports community.

 

Thayer Tutt Sportsmans Award - This award is presented to an individual in recognition of exceptional philanthropic and community sports support, as well as on the national sports stage. 

Col. F. Don Miller Sports
Service Award Recipients

Thayer Tutt Sportsmans Award

2016 - John McIntosh

2015 - Darryl Laye

2014 - Mark Beranek

2013 - Mike Provenzano

2012 - Frank Aires

2012 - Phil Johnson

2011 - Sam Dunlap

2010 - Dick Westbay

2009 - Paul Ransom

2008 - Joe Sisneros

2007 - George Rykovich

2006 - Gregg Stinson

2005 - Horst Richardson

2004 - Ray Lutz

2003 - Sandi McConnell

2002 - Shirley Snyder

2001 - Jim Hartman

2000 - Carolyn Kruse

1999 - Mary Polaski

1998 - Chuck Lacy

1997 - Joe Gentry

1996 - Tom Falgien

2016 - Barbara Yalich

2015 - Bill Daniels

2014 - Dave Palenchar

2013 - Jim Warsinske

2012 - Tom James 

2011 - Jim Johnson

2010 - Dr. Jamieson Kennedy

2009 - Jeff Smith

2008 - Pete Susemihl

2007 - Hal Littrell

2006 - Carolyn Kruse

2005 - Fred Whitacre

2004 - Gary Loo

2003 - Bill Tutt