PUEBLO, Colo. (October 4, 2016) – Five former student-athletes, a coach and a pair of outstanding men's golf teams frame the 2016 class of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame, which will be honored at a breakfast and the football game Oct. 15.
The Class of 2016 will be recognized at the seventh annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Occhiato University Center Ballroom on the CSU-Pueblo campus. Tickets to the breakfast, featuring alumnus and community leader Mike Salardino as emcee, 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 will also 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 strong group of All-Americans make up this year's group, as Thomas Calhoun was a two-time All-American as a member of the men's tennis team, while Cindy Pool of women's track and field was also a two-time honoree of the top individual award. The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Year in 1999, Monica Hashiguchi will join the school's hall of fame, as will men's basketball player Tommie Robinson, as he still ranks second in scoring on the program's all-time list. Finally, Don Schmidli represented Pueblo Junior College as a four-sport athlete during the late 1940's and will be the first athlete to hail from that decade in the school's hall of fame.
The late Joe Prater will be honored Oct. 15, as he coached the school's football team for 18 seasons and brought the program into the four-year era during his storied career.
The 1971-72 and 1972-73 men's golf teams won the first two of 15 conference championships and established the standard of quality golf programs at CSU-Pueblo. The members of these teams will be recognized for their accomplishments as members of the CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame.
Thomas Calhoun (Men's Tennis, 1995-98) - Earned back-to-back All-American accolades in 1996 and 1997 … Led the program to a RMAC Championship in 1996 … Guided the program to back-to-back NCAA Regional Tournament appearances, finishing second in 1996 and third in 1997 … In three seasons, finished 59-24 (15-2 RMAC) in singles and 45-29 (10-7 RMAC) in doubles … On the RMAC Tennis All-Time Team (announced in 2009).
Monica Hashiguchi (Softball, 1999-2000) - Named All-American, RMAC Player of the Year and RMAC All-Conference First Team in 1999 … RMAC All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2000 … Currently ranks sixth all-time in program history in career home runs (26), second in slugging percentage (.763) and fourth in walks (71) … In the program's single-season record book, she ranks first in home runs (20 in 1999) and slugging percentage (.956 in 1999); second (40 in 2000) and fourth (31 in 1999) in walks; second (.529 in 1999) and eighth (.490 in 2000) in on-base percentage; third in total bases (131 in 1999); sixth in batting average (.416 in 1999) and runs (49 in 1999); and ninth in RBIs (46 in 1999).
Cindy Pool (Women's Track and Field, 1981-83) – Still holds the outdoor school record in the high jump at 1.73 meters (5'8") from a leap in 1983 … Named All-American in the high jump at the NAIA Indoor Championships in 1981-82 … All-American in the high jump at the NAIA Outdoor Championships in 1982-83 … Also a member of the 4x400 meter relay team.
Tommie Robinson (Men's Basketball, 1988-92) – Named an All-American in 1991-92 … Honored as NABC All-District in 1990-91 (second team) and 1991-92 (first team) … Denver Post All-Colorado Small College in 1989-90 … Ranks second all-time at CSU-Pueblo in scoring with 1,881 points, a 16.6 points per game (113 games) average to rank seventh all-time … Sits third in program history in rebounding with 7.7 boards per game (866 total rebounds) … Holds the No. 2 spot all-time at CSU-Pueblo in field goal percentage with a 59.1 career percentage … Totaled 172 steals (4th all-time) and 70 blocks (9th all-time) … Compiled 35 double-doubles in his career… Helped the team to a 1990-91 Colorado Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, a NAIA District VII Tournament Championship and a NAIA National Tournament appearance.
Don Schmidli (Baseball/Basketball/Football/Track and Field, 1946-48) – One of the only four-sport stars in school history … Was named PJC Track team's most outstanding athlete and was an all-conference selection in basketball.
Joe Prater (Football, 1956-73) – Compiled an 85-84-4 (.503) record in 18 seasons, while coaching the institution as Pueblo Junior College and into the four-year era as Southern Colorado State College … Owns the most victories in program history … Recorded eight seasons with a .500 or better record, which included an eight-win season (8-1-1) in 1965 that stood as the program best until the late 1970's … Produced 11 All-Americans, which included Frank Grant who was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1972 and played six seasons in the NFL.
Men's Golf - 1971-72 and 1972-73 – These teams earned the first two of 15 conference championships … Recorded the best NCAA National Tournament finishes in program history, as the 1971-72 team was seventh and the 1972-73 squad tied for seventh … CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Famer Rick Pobst was the 1972 RMAC Champion and named an All-American in 1973 … Mike Zaremba was a member of the 1972-73 team and is also a member of the CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame.
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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.