CHSCA Honors '19 HOF Inductees Atencio & Lubbers


PRESS RELEASE - CHSCA to honor 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Colorado High School Coaches Association is proud to announce its Hall of Fame class for the year 2019.  This is the 56th class to be inducted.  

The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast 3155 S. Vaughn Way, Aurora, CO 80014.  A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner and induction starting at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets for the event may be purchased at the CHSCA web site at www.colohsca.org.

Edward Atencio - Cross Country/ Track & Field - Centennial High School, San Luis

This coach's home and heart have always been in the Southern San Luis Valley of Colorado.  Born in Red Wing Colorado his parents moved to the Trinchera Ranch near Fort Garland when he was one and he still gets his mail in Fort Garland today.  Most would say that he was a coach to all of the students in the San Luis Valley.  Centennial High School in San Luis paid for his services as "coach" for 43 years.  He also served as the schools Athletic Director for 31 years.  He graduated from nearby Sierra Grande High School in 1963.  He traveled all the way to Alamosa to earn BA and MA degrees at Adams State University.  He coached Cross Country and Track & Field all of his years, but when called on he coached other sports.   Included in the list were Baseball, Basketball, and Football.  He has received numerous awards as Coach and Educator.   Two of the most prestigious were The Warren Mitchell Award for outstanding track coach and induction into the Adams State University Educators Hall of Fame.    

Jack Lubbers - Track & Field - Yuma High School  

The 1976 graduate of Pueblo South High School made his way to the northeastern plains of Colorado after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado.  Yuma High School student athletes have been the benefactors of Lubbers coaching skills.   Even though Lubbers focused primarily on track and field and volleyball his ability to teach fundamentals of sport and love of the sport led to many successful Yuma athletes and athletic teams over the past 30 plus years.  He served as the head girls track coach from 1983 to 2012.  In 2013 the school decided to move to a single head coach for both track programs and Lubbers chose to stay on as an assistant in a mentor role to a younger head coach.  Pole Vault athletes in all of northeastern Colorado have benefited from Coach Lubbers summer vaulting camps.  Multiple times the camp participants have gone on to be State Champion pole vaulters for their high school teams.  From 2000-2011 Lubbers was the Athletic Director for Yuma High School and in 2009 he was named the Class 3A Honored Athletic Director.

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