PUEBLO, Colo. (September 29, 2015) – Six former student-athletes, a coach, an outstanding team, and a special contributor make up the 2015 class of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame, which will be honored at a breakfast and the football game Oct. 10.
The Class of 2015 will be inducted at the sixth annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Occhiato University Center Ballroom on the CSU-Pueblo campus. Tickets to the breakfast, featuring alumnus and community leader Mike Salardino, are $15 per person. Kids 12 and under are $10 each. To reserve your spot, call the CSU-Pueblo Ticket Office at (719) 549-2050.
The inductees also will be introduced at halftime of the Homecoming football game between the ThunderWolves and Fort Lewis College, which kicks off at 2 p.m. at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.
A pair of National Champions highlights the 2015 induction class, as wrestler Dax Charles was the first NCAA Division II National Champion in 1992, while gymnastics standout Kim (Villers) Schneider was crowned a national champion in the floor exercise in 1981-82. All-Americans in this year’s class include Richard LeDoux from cross country and track and field, Glen Printers from football, and Rick Pobst from the men’s golf team. Another pioneer in women’s athletics at CSU-Pueblo will join the Athletics Hall of Fame, as Sue (Northrup) Trahern from volleyball is a member of the 2015 class.
The 1971-72 men’s basketball team, which won the program’s first overall Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title and advanced to the NCAA College Division II quarterfinals, also will be recognized Oct. 10.
After more than 20 years of coaching for five different programs, Chuck Haering is the induction as a coach in 2015. The special contributor is longtime psychology professor and national racquetball powerhouse club coach, Dr. Richard Krinsky.
Dax Charles (Wrestling - 1989-94) - Charles was a three-time All-American at USC in 1991, 1992 and 1994 and an Academic All-American in 1994 … He became the school's first NCAA Division II National Champion when he won the crown at 150 pounds in 1992 … Won the regional tournament in 1992 … Helped the team to a runner-up finish at the 1991 NAIA National Tournament, a fifth place finish in the program’s first NCAA Division II National Tournament in 1992 and a sixth place finish in 1994 … Was inducted into the NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012 … Named CSU-Pueblo Head Wrestling Coach prior to the 2008-09 season after the program had been dormant for an eight-year span … Seven years into his tenure, Charles has coached one national champion, six All-Americans, a regional champion and 13 national qualifiers.
Richard LeDoux (Cross Country/Track and Field - 1975-79) - All-American in cross country in 1978 … Earned All-American honors in outdoor track in 1979 … Set the school record in three events in 1979, in the 3 Mile Run with a time of 14:35, 6 Mile Run with a time of 29:29 and 10,000 meter run with a time of 30:29.26 … Helped the cross country team to a seventh place finish at NAIA National Championships, the second best finish in program history … Won the cross country individual RMAC Championship in 1979 … RMAC Champion in track in the steeplechase and 5000 meter run … Finished third in the 10,000 meter run at the 1979 NAIA Championships.
Sue (Northrup) Trahern (Volleyball - 1979-80) - A two-time All-RMAC selection (1979 and 1980) ... In 1979 she totaled 103 kills (second most on the team) and posted a team-best .393 attacking percentage ... She added 34 digs and served up eight aces, which ranked second on the team ... Helped the 1979 team to a RMAC East Division and Regular Season Championships ... The 1980 squad were also crowned the RMAC East Division Champions.
Glen Printers (Football - 1973-74) – Named Associated Press All-American in 1974 as a defensive back and kick return specialist … One of just four former Southern Colorado/CSU-Pueblo players to be drafted by the NFL, as he was selected by San Diego in the 1974 draft … Two-time All-Great Plains Athletic Conference First Team selection … Owns the NCAA Division II record in most career yards per kickoff return with 34 yards per return … Owns the school record for most yards per kickoff return in a season with 44.6 yards per return … He scored two kickoff return touchdowns in 1973, which included a 100 yard return against Pittsburgh State (Oct. 27) … Also owns school records for most interception return yards in a season (158), most yards per interception return in a season (39.5 ypr) and in a career (36.8 ypr) … Ranks top 10 in career punt return yards and yards per return… Also earned a training camp invitation with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys in 1975.
Rick Pobst (Golf - 1971-73) - RMAC Conference Individual Champion in 1972 … All-American in 1973 … In 1972 and 1973, led USC to back-to-back conference titles and back-to-back seventh-place finishes nationally … Helped lead the program to its first national tournament appearance in 1972 … Guided the team to a Great Plains Conference championship in 1973.
Rick was an outstanding golfer from Pueblo who died at an early age due to cancer. His parents, Bob and Edda Lou Pobst, founded the Rick Pobst Memorial Golf Scholarship in 1988 to help provide money for CSU-Pueblo golf scholarships, as well as to remind people of their son's great accomplishments on and off the golf course.
Kim (Villers) Schneider (Gymnastics - 1981-1983) - National champion in floor exercise in 1981-82 … All-American in 1981-82 … 3-time RMAC Individual Champion (all-around and vault in 1981-82; floor exercise in 1982-1983) … Helped lead USC to a national runner-up finish in 1981-82 and an eighth-place national finish the following season.
1971-72 Men’s Basketball Team – Coached by CSU-Pueblo legend and Hall of Famer Harry Simmons, the 1971-72 men’s basketball team posted a 19-9 (10-2 RMAC) record, won the program’s first overall Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title and advanced to the NCAA College Division II quarterfinals after winning the NCAA West Regional, which still stands as the furthest a CSU-Pueblo men’s basketball team has advanced in the NCAA tournament … Compiled a 12-3 home record, which included a perfect 6-0 mark in RMAC play … Three players were named All-RMAC at the conclusion of the season, while the team also touted two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans … Two players earned NCAA Division II All-West Regional Tournament Team … Cal Tatum, a member of the inaugural class of the CSU-Pueblo Athletic Hall of Fame, was a junior on the team.
Chuck Haering (Outstanding Coach - Football, Cross Country, Track – 1971-93) – Haering took over head coaching duties of the men’s track and field program in 1981 and the cross country program in 1983 for CSU-Pueblo legend James “Spank” Blasing … He served as the women’s cross country coach from 1986-92 and women’s track and field from 1987-93 … During his tenure as head track coach, the men’s team crowned 20 RMAC Champions, 17 All-Americans and one national champion … The 1982-83 team won the RMAC Championship, while the 1987-88 team finished 25th at the NAIA Championships … During his time as the head cross country coach, CSU-Pueblo made four NAIA National Championship appearances and finished in the top 20 in all four occasions … The 1987 team finished 13th … Prior to becoming head coach he served as an assistant football, cross country and track coach at Southern Colorado … In all his time as a cross country coach, the men’s team made 10 NAIA National Championship appearances, which included a seventh place finish in 1978 … The men’s track team was crowned conference champions in 1979 an the 1980 squad as 10th at the national championships … Nearly 40 athletes were honored as All-Americans in his time as a coach … Football compiled a 54-44 (.551) during his tenure as an assistant … Also served as an instructor in the USC physical education department until 1985.
Dr. Richard Krinsky (Special Contributor – 1968-present)
The CSU-Pueblo men’s racquetball team has won 16 national men’s titles since 1996, including nine back-to-back titles from 2004-2012. The victories have come over major research institutions such as the University of Alabama, BYU, and Oregon State University, making the victories all the more impressive. Steve Czarnecki, executive director of USA Racquetball, was quoted in a 2013 Denver Post article as saying that CSU-Pueblo had the “finest competitive college racquetball program in the country.” He noted that the CSU-Pueblo racquetball team had won 16 national championships and that its players may be the only ones in the country to receive scholarships. For more than 20 years, Krinsky has recruited numerous student-athletes to the University, many of them international, and led the 2010 fundraising effort that brought CSU-Pueblo the first and only squash court south of Colorado Springs. Many of the donors who stepped up to support this project were first-timers who did not come from the University’s traditional fundraising pool.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.