Longtime Yuma educator, coach and administrator Jack Lubbers will be among six inducted into the Colorado High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast, 3155 S. Vaughn Way, Aurora, CO 80014. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner and induction starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event may be purchased at the CHSCA website at www.colohsca.org.

Joining Lubbers in the CHSCA Hall of Fame’s 56th class are Jim Altergott, boys basketball, Roosevelt, Highland and Liberty Common; Edward Atencio, cross country and track and field, Centennial High School, San Luis; Larry Deffenbaugh, volleyball, Strasburg; David Forster, girls basketball, Centauri, and; Virginia “Ginny” Lorbeer, spirit, Manual and Montbello.

Lubbers is being inducted as a track and field coach. Following is the write-up submitted by the CHSCA: The 1976 graduate of Pueblo South High School made his way to the northeastern plains of Colorado after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado. Yuma High School student athletes have been the benefactors of Lubbers coaching skills. Even though Lubbers focused primarily on track and field and volleyball, his ability to teach fundamentals of sport and love of the sport led to many successful Yuma athletes and athletic teams over the past 30 plus years. He served as the head girls track coach from 1983 to 2012. In 2013 the school decided to move to a single head coach for both track programs and Lubbers chose to stay on as an assistant in a mentor role to a younger head coach. Pole vault athletes in all of northeastern Colorado have benefited from Coach Lubbers summer vaulting camps. Multiple times the camp participants have gone on to be state champion pole vaulters for their high school teams. From 2000-2011 Lubbers was the athletic director for Yuma High School, and in 2009 he was named the Class 3A Honored Athletic Director.

Look for more on Lubbers in the Pioneer prior to the induction ceremony.

Childress named to CHSAA Hall of Fame

Patty Childress, who spent time in Yuma and Otis early in her career before going on to becoming a five-time state champion volleyball coach at Grandview in Aurora, is part of the CHSAA Hall of Fame 30th class, it was announced earlier this week.

Childress has earned numerous coaching honors from the Colorado High School Coaches Association and the Sportswomen of Colorado. She was coach of the year eight times and was the Dave Sanders Award recipient in 2013.

The Class of 2018 will be inducted during a ceremony on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at the Marriott Hotel-Denver Tech Center (I-25 and Orchard). Individual tickets may be purchased for $60 each by contacting the CHSAA. The festivities get underway at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited.