In the modern day reality, coaches are held in higher esteem than many other leaders of society. Whether this is earned or anointed, it makes little difference, because coaches truly have to be, are expected to be, leaders.
A La Junta graduate, Bud Ozzello is in his sixth year with the Association. He has taught business and coached baseball, softball and girls’ basketball before becoming the school’s athletic director, and later, principal. His LJHS girls’ softball team won the 1999 3A title. He is a graduate of CSU and Adams State. Ozzello served on the CHSAA Board of Directors prior to his appointment to the staff, and served on the CHSAA’s baseball, softball and hall of fame committees. He oversees soccer, softball, ice hockey and speech for the Association.