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Jeffco inducts 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame class

Jeffco School District inducted its Class of 2014 at its 29th annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Wednesday, June 4, at Mount Vernon Country Club. The three new inductees, pictured left to right, were Ed Stevens, Don Osse (widow Marie Osse pictured) and John Musciano. (Dennis Pleuss)

Jeffco School District inducted its Class of 2014 at its 29th annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Wednesday, June 4, at Mount Vernon Country Club. The three new inductees, pictured left to right, were Ed Stevens, Don Osse (widow Marie Osse pictured) and John Musciano. (Dennis Pleuss)

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.

John Musciano

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.”

Ed Stevens

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.”

Don Osse

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

1986 (Charter)
Darrel Hafling
Tom Hancock
Vernon Heaston
Bill Lewis
Mel Schwartz

1987
Hugh Bradley
Joyce Davisson
Tom Nicholls
Paul Phillips

1988
Harvey Moore
Dean Pilcher
Don Solem

1989
Irv Brown
Paul Davis
Stan Pivic

1990
Angelo Bruno
Leslie Sabey
Bill White

1991
Red Coats
Bill Nicholas
Don Pyle

1992
Alice Barron
Ken Larson
Bob Meisner

1993
Pat Druggan
Max Osborn
Mike Pappas

1994
Fred Bradley
William Doig
Lou Rillos

1995
Robert McKendry

1996
Bob Brown
Lo Hunter
Joe Romig

1997
Vince Greco

1998
George Colbert
Don Cooper
Frank Palmeri

1999
John Hoskins
Brian McGregor
Mike Winant

2000
Jayne Gibson-McHugh
Al Morris
Dennis Shepherd

2001
Sheila Hasenkamp
Mary Kvamme
Gary Goings

2002
Rob Binford
Bob Ottewill

2003
Dennis Eckley
John Groninger
Don Shaw

2004
Tanya Haave
Dennis Hastings

2005
Byron (By) Hanson
Gary Klatt
Colleen Stradley

2006
Tom Beeson
Betty Krueger

2007
Freddie Joe Steinmark

2008
Laura Haase
Ed Kintz
Dr. H.H. Maruyama
Bob Stokes

2009
Christine Bullard
Carl Churches
George Heath
Dave Logan
Sherm Pruitt

2010
Kevin Land
Duane Lewis

2011
Sara Anundsen
Amy McDonnell
Rebekah McDowell
Gary Osse

2012
Ray Baker
Mark LaGrone
John “Jack” Ponis
Marilyn Wilcox

2013
Wendy Braye Davies
Jerry Madden
C. Thomas McCormick
John McGuire
Brian Schneider
G. Stanley Ward

2014
John Musciano
Don Osse
Ed Stevens