1961 NJCAA Basketball National Championship Team
Inaugural Class (2009)
Era: Pueblo Junior College
The only national team championship won by an athletic program at CSU-Pueblo was won in 1961 when the Pueblo Junior College men's basketball team won the NJCAA national championship with a 79-66 win over Tyler (Tex.) Junior College.
The team boasted a stellar 34-2 record and a 9-1 mark in Empire Conference play, and consisted of such players as first-team all-American and regional tournament MVP Sam Smith, national tournament MVP and future NBA player, Bob Warlick, and all-region selections Norm Colglazier and Waymond Dean. And the icing on the cake, coach Harry Simmons was named NJCAA coach of the year.
The members of
the team included:
Coach: Harry Simmons
Assistant Coach: Bill Kennedy
Managers: Caesar Guitierrez, Pete Gray, Howard Snyder