GOLDEN -- The Jeffco School District held its 29th annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Wednesday.
The Class of 2014 includes longtime principal John Musciano and coaching legends Ed Stevens and Don Osse. Jeffco has inducted 88 members into its Athletic Hall of Fame since the hall’s inception in 1986.
Musciano’s nearly 30-year career in Jeffco started at Bear Creek High School as a teacher along with coaching basketball and baseball. He later became the principal at Bear Creek before moving on to being the principal at Pomona High School and later Standley Lake High School.
“We always talked about the importance of athletics,” Musciano said. “Extracurricular activities are the glue to complete the academic experience.”
Stevens was a graduate of Arvada High School in 1970. He began his teaching and coaching career at Alameda High School in the mid-1970. His major coaching success came in the 1990s at Wheat Ridge High School. Stevens coached the Farmers to state football titles in 1994 and 1996, along with guiding the baseball team to a state championship in 1992.
“His influence over his players was remarkable to watch,” said Tom Dowd, former assistant football coach under Stevens. “What I learned from Ed was the love and loyalty his players had for him.”
Osse is credited for the tremendous growth in track and field in Jeffco during the 1970s and 1980s. He began the first organized Jeffco track club in 1972. He was a teacher, track coach and cross country coach at Lakewood High School for nearly 20 years. Osse passed away of brain cancer in 1985, but influenced many future Jeffco teachers and coaches.
“He was more than a track coach,” said Bill Wright, current track coach at Lakewood High School who was a student and assistant coach under Osse. “He was a philosopher. A teacher.”
Jeffco Athletic Hall of Fame Members
Byron (By) Hanson
Freddie Joe Steinmark
Dr. H.H. Maruyama
John “Jack” Ponis
Wendy Braye Davies
C. Thomas McCormick
G. Stanley Ward