Jack Lubbers has joined select company as he was inducted into the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame last Saturday.

The ceremony took place during the 2019 Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast in Aurora. His wife Becky, and their three children, Eric, Lucas and Emily, and their families were in attendance, along with several of his peers who spent decades coaching track and field with him in Yuma. All three children are YHS graduates, and Lucas is back at YHS as a science teacher and in his first year as the track and field head coach.

Lubbers, now retired, spent nearly all of his teaching, coaching and administrative career in Yuma. He was the head girls track and field coach at Yuma High School from 1983 to 2012. He chose to stay on as an assistant coach in a mentor’s role when the school decided to go to a single head coach for both track programs in 2013, and continues to be the go-to person for pole vaulters in northeast Colorado. He hosts a summer pole vaulting camp for athletes from the area. In the 2014 state meet, athletes from his camp earned 11 places in the 1A and 2A divisions.

He coached 216 state qualifiers during his 30 years as the girls track coach, 153 state placers and 12 state champions at Yuma. A highlight of his coaching career two of his children, Lucas and Emily, to the Class 3A state pole vault titles in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

Jack Lubbers was joined by his wife Becky, their children, their spouses and children at the CHSCA Hall of Fame ceremony last Saturday in Aurora. (Dave Gustafson)

Lubbers also spent several years involved with the YHS volleyball program, both as the JV and the head coach, including being involved with state-qualifying teams such as the 1990 3A state championship unit. He coached volleyball in the 1991 CHSCA All State Games.

He moved up the ladder in the Yuma schools, starting out as the P.E. teacher at Morris Primary School, then at Yuma Middle School before finally moving to YHS. He eventually got into administration, serving as the YHS athletic director from 2000 to 2011. Lubbers was named the CADA 3A Honored Athletic Director in 2009.

Lubbers was joined by his fellow long-time YHS coaches at the Hall of Fame ceremony.

Lubbers joins fellow long-time YHS track coach Bill Kalb, who passed away this past year, in the CHSCA Hall of Fame. Others with Yuma ties who are in the Hall include Ken Shaw, who coached the Yuma boys basketball team to a state title in 1981, Patty Childress, who coached volleyball in Yuma and Otis before going on to a highly-successful career at Grandview. One of the other inductees this year was Larry Deffenbaugh, who coached volleyball at Otis in the mid-1980s before moving on to Strasburg for a long and successful career. Also, Jerry Patterson of the Otis Telegraph received the Media Award this year.

Thad Lear, who spent part of his childhood in Yuma while his dad Al Lear was the YHS football coach in the 1970s and ‘80s, currently is the CHSCA president and presented Lubbers with his plaque. Gary Childress, who had a successful coaching career at YHS in the 1980s before eventually ending up at schools such as Grandview, gave the invocation. Among this year’s CHSCA scholarship winners recognized Saturday was Sydney Reynolds of Otis, along with Kate Pachner of Akron.