Dr. Dale Rea


Special Inductee
Coach (Football, Basketball, Track) & Administrator (1937-41)
Inaugural Class (2009)
Era: Pueblo Junior College

Athletics programs at CSU-Pueblo would not have been possible without the vision and determination of Dr. Dale Rea

Then merely Mr. Charles Dale Rea, Sr., the driven 24-year old forged four original athletic programs in 1937 - basketball, golf, tennis and track - and coached the basketball and track teams.  In 1938, the school's first football team was formed with Rea as its coach.  He also played a large role in creating the Inter-Mountain Junior College Conference, consisting of junior colleges in Trinidad, La Junta and Grand Junction, and other JuCos in the area. 

The future school president at Fort Lewis College, Rea departed from PJC in 1941 when he was called to active duty in World War II, later earning his doctorate from the University of Colorado in 1952. 

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