PUEBLO, Colo. (Sept. 19, 2017) – Five former student-athletes, a special contributor and a national runner-up wrestling team frame the 2017 class of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame, which will be honored at a breakfast and the homecoming football game Oct. 7.
The Class of 2017 will be recognized at the Eighth Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at the General Classroom Building 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 Adams State University which kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl. The inductees will also attend the CSU-Pueblo Alumni Foundation Tailgate on rooftop of the Leomiti Warriors Center beginning at 4 p.m.
Two All-Americans will be added to a long list of outstanding student-athletes in the hall of fame. Mike Duran, a three-time All-American from cross country and track and field and Steve Herzberg, an All-American for the baseball team, have been selected to this year's class. Guy Taylor was a two-time all-district player for the men's basketball team, Lisa (Knafelc) Osleson becomes the fourth member of the women's basketball program to join the Athletics Hall of Fame, while Bob Busia adds to the history of the hall after playing football in the early 1960's.
Dave Miller's voice has been a staple at baseball, basketball, football, volleyball and wrestling events as the public address announcer for the past 30 years. He will enter the hall as a special contributor.
The 1991 wrestling team qualified seven individuals for the NAIA National Championships and finished as the national runner-up. The members of the team will be recognized for their accomplishments as members of the CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame.
Bob Busia (Football, 1961, 63-64) – Made 114 tackles as a junior in 1963, which ranks as one of the 15th highest single season totals in school history … Followed it up with 75 tackles as a senior … Recorded a staggering 189 tackles in two seasons after the school switched to a four year institution … Played both linebacker and guard in two seasons at Southern Colorado State College.
"Without a doubt Bob was:
- The fastest lineman & best pulling guard to ever play here while I was coaching and I think he was the fastest from our institution to ever play that position.
- He was also the fastest linebacker, covering from end to end on running plays." Dr. Don Stutters, professor Emeritus
Mike Duran (Cross Country, Track and Field, 1977-82) - Two-time All-American in cross country (1978-79) … Track and Field All-American (1982) … All-district and all-conference in cross country (1978-80) … All-Conference Track (1979,81-82) … Outstanding male athlete at USC 1980-82 … RMAC Champion in the one mile in 1979 and 1500 meters in 1982 … NAIA National Champion in the 1500 meter run in 1982 … Left USC as the school record holder for 1500 meter run and ranked 5th in NCAA Division II for 1500 meter run 1982 … KBNO Hispanic College Athlete of the Year in 1982 … Inducted into Greater Pueblo Sports Hall of Fame 1984 … Letterman Track and Cross Country 1977-78, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81 and 1982.
Steve Herzberg (Baseball, 1968-71) - Four-year starter at first base … Received All-American honors in 1969 … Posted a .348 career batting average … Led the team with a career-best .427 average in 1970 … Returned to lead the team with a .354 batting average, 12 doubles and 22 RBIs as a senior in 1971 … Belted a team-best five home runs and 30 RBIs in 1970 … Recorded 104 career RBIs, 41 doubles, and 13 dingers … Helped the Pack to an 82-48 record in his four seasons.
Lisa (Knafelc) Osleson (Women's Basketball, 1977-81) – Honored as Second Team All-District ... An all-conference performer as a junior and senior … Ranks 10th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,142 points … Sits third in career rebounding with 933 in 101 games to rank fifth in the rebounding average category (9.2 rpg) … Recorded a career 44.7 percentage from the field … Pulled down 308 rebounds (11.4 rpg) in 1980-81 to rank fourth on the single season charts … Twice she pulled down 20 rebounds in a game that season … Shot 49.3 percent from the field as a senior ... Named the 1980 USC Female Athlete of the Year ... Honored as CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1981 ... Coached by the legendary Hall of Famer Jessie Banks.
Guy Taylor (Men's Basketball, 1985-88) - Third leading scorer in school history with 1,601 points … A two-time All-NAIA District VII player and three-time All-RMAC selection (first team in 1987 and 1988) … Denver Post All-Colorado Small College in 1987-88 … In 88 games he averaged 18.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game during his career … He was a career 54.1 percent shooter from the floor and shot at a 49.7 percent clip from 3-point range … Scored a program record 717 points in 1987-88 … Helped guide the team to a NAIA District VII Tournament Championship and national tournament appearance in 1985-86 and a RMAC Tournament Championship in 1987-88.
Dave Miller (Longtime Public Address Announcer) - Began doing public address announcing during the 1988-89 season by lending his voice to basketball games and wrestling … Energized CSU-Pueblo crowds at roughly 1,500 home events over the last 28 years … Has served as the primary public address for CSU-Pueblo baseball since the program restarted in 1994 calling over 500 games … Lent his voice to every home CSU-Pueblo football game since the program re-launched in 2008, calling all 60 home events … Called over 800 men's and women's basketball games … Voice of Pack volleyball games since the late 90s … Did PA with a megaphone and kept the time on a stop watch for one basketball game … Started when Dan DeRose was the Athletic Director by volunteering after previous guy got sick.
Wrestling – 1991 – Finished the 1990-91 season NAIA Wrestling Championships Runner-Up … Totaled seven NAIA National Qualifiers … Tied the program record for the most All-Americans in a season with five … Crowned a program record three NAIA National Champions in Mannie Garcia (118), Mark Villalobos (134) and Andy Pipher (142) ... Tony Freeman (190) was a runner-up at the NAIA Championships ... Pipher and Dax Charles have been inducted into the hall of fame as individuals, while Head Coach Doug Moses is also a member in the coach category.
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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.