21st Annual Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame
November 1, 2021
Broadmoor World Arena
The Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2021 will be formally inducted and honored on November 1, at The Broadmoor World Arena. The 21st annual banquet and induction ceremony is presented by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and sponsored by The Gazette and ANB Bank. The Class of 2021 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.
$2,500 for a VIP table of ten seats
$1,500 for a patron table of ten seats
$250 for a VIP seat
$150 for a patron seat
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Sponsored by ANB Bank and The Gazette
The Countdown Begins!
Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2021
Colorado College Ice Hockey Head Coach
Scott Owens was the longest tenured and winningest head coach in the illustrious history of Colorado College men’s hockey with 324 wins (.579) in 15 seasons. Owens became CC’s head coach in 1999 and one of the nation’s best recruiters, recording 16 All-American selections and two Hobey Baker Memorial Award winners— Peter Sejna (2003) and Marty Sertich (2005).
The Tigers averaged 22 wins per season, including a historic 31 victories in 2004-05, won three WCHA regular season championships, reached seven NCAA tournaments and made it to the 2005 NCAA Frozen Four under Owens’ direction. The Tigers also held a 35-24-9 record against its arch-rival – University of Denver, one of the most intense rivalries in NCAA Division I Hockey.
After leaving CC in 2014, Owens became the head coach and general manager of the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL. Over his five seasons there, he obtained 144 wins (.561) including a 39-16-7 record during the 2018-19 season and an 11-1 post-season record culminating in the team’s third Clark Cup Championship.
Retiring in 2020, he finished his career with a 729-454-116 (.606) record and set many regular season records between the Madison Capitols, Des Moines Buccaneers, CC Tigers and Sioux Falls Stampede. He ranks eighth in USHL wins with 405 and has 52 career post-season wins and two Clark Cup Championships.
Colorado College Ice Hockey
Marty Sertich joined the CC Ice Hockey Team as a top prospect from Minnesota in 2002. He was recognized as Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey in 2001.
Recruited by fellow Hall of Fame inductee, head coach Scott Owens, Sertich was one of the most skilled and reliable players on the ice – dressing for every collegiate game while at CC. He led the nation in scoring in 2005 with 64 points, (27 goals, 37 assists) averaging about 1.5 points per game. That same season, he was named first-team for the All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association, first-team All-American for the American Hockey Coaches Association (West), and USA Hockey’s College Player of the Year. As a junior in 2005, Sertich won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the National Player of the Year.
He was honored as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award in 2006 and named second-team for the All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Following his collegiate career, he signed with the Dallas Stars as a free agent and was then traded to the Colorado Avalanche. He then played professional hockey in the AHL for the Iowa Stars and Lake Erie Monsters.
Sertich continues to give back to the game of hockey with Tradition Hockey – a program focused on developing youth hockey players on and off the ice. Sertich currently serves as an Assistant Coach for University of St. Thomas’ Women’s Hockey team.
Becky (Varnum) Bucolo
Cheyenne Mountain High School Tennis
As a standout high school athlete, Becky (Varnum) Bucolo, dominated her competition becoming the first tennis player in Colorado’s history to win four consecutive 4A singles titles. This amazing feat, paired with a perfect 68-0 record, makes her one of the best high school tennis players in state history. Bucolo was named Sportswoman of Colorado in 1994, 1996, and 1998 and ranked 18th in the country during her senior year. In 1998, she was inducted into the Sportswomen of Colorado Hall of Fame.
She continued her education and tennis career at the University of Notre Dame where she earned Big East Rookie of the Year as a freshman. She excelled her junior year and was ranked 8th in the country in doubles earning All-American accolades.
Bucolo currently holds ten Denver, State and Intermountain Section Championships titles – seven earned in 2001. She was inducted into the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2019. That same year, she earned her first career Gold Ball from the United States Tennis Association by winning the clay singles title in the women’s 35-39 division in a national tournament in Kentucky.
Fountain-Fort Carson High School Head Coach
Art Hassler began his coaching career in 1970 by coaching football for the Young America League. He continued his involvement with youth sports as summer Sports Director for Security Parks & Recreation, directing Little League baseball, girls and men’s softball. While there he created the Widefield-Security Young American football program for grades 4-8.
In 1973, Hassler coached football, basketball & track at Fountain Middle School. A year later, he was hired as the head boys track coach and assistant football coach at Fountain-Fort Carson High School. At FFCHS, his teams won ten State Track Championships and seven athletes were named All-Americans. With over 75 individual track & field champions to his credit, Hassler was named Colorado Track Coach of the Year numerous times in both girls and boys track. He was a National Track Coach of the Year finalist in 2001 and was also inducted into the Colorado Coaches Hall of Fame that same year.
In football Hassler served as varsity defensive coordinator for 38 years (1977-2014) coaching over 400 varsity games winning 237. He was Defensive Coordinator for the 1979, 1988 & 1989 state runner up teams at FFCHS.
Hassler served as head boys track coach for 31 years, retiring in 2006. Hassler also was the head girls track coach for 22 years retiring in 2007. Several of his athletes have gone on to become collegiate & professional athletes.
United States Air Force Academy Football & Wrestling
Terry Maki was a dominant high school athlete in both wrestling and football. As a wrestler, he won two state titles as a sophomore and junior with a 67-2 record.
Maki wrestled for two years and played football for four years at AFA and was a standout in both sports. In wrestling, he won the Western Athletic Conference heavyweight title, named Outstanding Wrestler of the WAC tournament, and earned two NCAA qualifying bids.
Maki was equally impressive on the gridiron and played linebacker under legendary head coach Fisher DeBerry. Over his career, Maki totaled 475 tackles, an AFA record. His best season was in 1985 when the team went 12-1 and finished ranked 5th in the country beating the University of Texas in the Bluebonnet Bowl. He was 2nd team all-conference as a sophomore and 1st team all-conference as a junior and senior.
During the 1985 Notre Dame game, Maki set an AFA record with 30 tackles (19 unassisted) and blocked a field goal that was recovered by AFA and returned for the go ahead touchdown, ultimately securing AFA’s 4th consecutive win over Notre Dame. He was named the Sports Illustrated Player of the Week for his efforts.
In Maki’s senior year, he was named a Kodak All-American, selected to play in the 1986 Hula Bowl, and was a finalist for the Butkus Award.
1970 United States Air Force Academy Football Team
The 1970 Air Force Academy football team is considered to be one of the top Air Force teams of all-time under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Ben Martin. The Falcons ran up a 9-3 record, outscored their opponents 366-239, averaged 30.5 points/game and finished ranked 16th in the Associated Press poll.
Behind the arm of quarterback Bob Parker, the Falcons opened the season with consecutive wins over Idaho (45-7) and Wyoming (41-17) before upsetting #9 Missouri (37-14). The victories continued with consecutive wins over Colorado State (37-22), Tulane (24-3), Navy (26-3), Boston College (35-10), and Arizona (23-20) before their first defeat, 46-35 at Oregon. The Falcons rebounded to upset #6 Stanford (31-14) and earned an invitation to the Sugar Bowl where they battled Tennessee before falling 34-13.
Ernie Jennings led NCAA Division I football in receiving touchdowns with 17, caught 74 passes for 1,289 yards and was recognized as an All-American. Bob Parker recorded 2,789 total passing yards, including 391 passing yards against Wyoming and 21 touchdown passes on the season. Parker was an Academic All-American along with linebacker Phil Bauman. Other notable stats include Mike Bolen’s 14 receptions against Colorado, Cyd Maattala’s 3 interceptions vs. Colorado State, Jim Smith’s 7 interceptions on the season, Brian Bream’s 19 touchdowns and 1,276 rushing yards and Willie Mayfield’s 145 tackles.
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.
William J. Hybl
William J. Hybl is Executive Chairman of El Pomar Foundation, after serving 30 years as Chairman and CEO. In 2014, Hybl oversaw the building of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience Museum to honor the legacy of El Pomar Foundation and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb founders Spencer and Julie Penrose. In 2008 Hybl was confirmed by the United States Senate as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Public Diplomacy, a position he was appointed to by President George W. Bush. He was reappointed by President Barack Obama on June 2, 2011 and currently serves as Vice Chairman. He serves as Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Endowment.
Hybl is President Emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee. He served twice as President; when he led the United States Olympic Team Delegations at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France, and the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. In 1998, he again led the U.S. Team at the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, and, in 2000, at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He was a member of the International Olympic Committee from 2000-2002. Hybl is Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army Emeritus and was named Citizen of the West by the National Western Stock Show of Denver in 2003.
Hybl is a Graduate of Colorado College and earned his juris doctor at the University of Colorado School of Law. He was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1972 and was Special Counsel to President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
Previous Award Winners
2019- David andChris Jenkins
2018- Melinda Couch
2017- El Pomar
2016- Barb Yalich
2015- Bill Daniels
2014- Dave Palenchar
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
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.
A product of Colorado Springs District 11 and a 1979 Wasson graduate, Hugill spent the majority of his 34+ years of coaching at Wasson & Coronado, winning State team championships at both. His teams achieved 42 League and Regional 1st & 2nd place finishes with 13 teams in the top 5 at State.
He cherished the path to victory as much as the win. Creating an environment that fostered positive social growth for students was paramount to his programs. Providing an atmosphere that emphasized non-destructive fun during adolescence was carefully cultivated. Ideals as these, coupled with the message of life-long fitness, resulted in an explosion of popularity for joining his teams. He loved the many years of running with his athletes. Still today, the trails echo his words of encouragement, “You’re better now than you were an hour ago.”
Hugill hosted three high energy meets: Pikes Peak Invitational, Cougar Classic XC, and the Track & Field Invitational. He was twice recognized as the Boettcher Teacher of Excellence and received the Joe Vigil Award for Lifetime Dedication to Cross Country. He won the Colorado High School Coaches Association Teacher/Coach of the Year Award, the Rotary Club Diamond Teacher Award, and was honored by D11 with the Crystal Apple Teacher Award.
“No person is the product of individual effort. If we allow ourselves to be heavily influenced by positive and successful people, we ourselves become a unique version of those people. I hope that’s been the case.” Coach Doug Hugill.
Previous Award Winners
2019- Carl Fetters
2018- Dennis Carter
2017- Mitch Johnson
2016- John McIntosh
2015- Darryl Laye
2014- Mark Beranek
2013- Mike Provenzano
2012- Frank Aires
2012- Phil Johnson
2011- Samuel Dunlap
2010- Dick Westbay
2009- Paul Ransom
2008- Joe Sisneros
2007- George Rykovich
2006- Gregg Stinson
2004- Raymond Lutz
2003- Sandi McConnell
2002- Shirley Snyder
2001- Jim Hartman
2000- Carolyn Kruse
1999- Mary Polaski
1997- Joe Gentry
1996- Tom Falgien
Special Recognition Award