The Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame has announced its 33e Hall of Fame Class. This five-member group embodies the Association’s core values as well as its vision to seek excellence in studies, activities and athletics. Each of these people defends the very essence of participating in educational activities.
The 2021 CHSAA Hall of Fame class includes a sports administrator at Paul Cain (Grand Junction Central and Basalt), two legendary sports coaches at TR Ellis (Olathe, Douglas County and Chaparral) and Gary Glover (Loveland), as well as ‘an amazing activity trainer in Marti Benham (Cherry Creek). One of Colorado’s top two sports athletes, Darnell McDonald (Cherry Creek), completes this year’s class.
“I am really excited about the 2021 class of the CHSAA Hall of Fame; it embraces the diversity and inclusiveness that reflects and shapes the priorities of high school activities and athletics as an association, ”said CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green. “The Selection Committee continues to embrace the unique experiences and impact not only of our inductees, but of all who are nominated for this honor.”
The Hall of Fame Selection Committee includes Robert Marken (CHSCA), Stephanie Leasure (Doherty), Kevin McWain (Valley), Robert Framel (Kit Carson), Tracy Hill (CHSAA Hall of Fame Inductee), Adria Herscher (Overland) , Dick Katte (Advisor) and Gerry Valerio (MaxPreps). The committee also includes two student leadership representatives: Keeley Haynes (Mountain Range) and Bryce Davis (Central).
“While there are so many deserving student-athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and teams who have been nominated for this honor, the five selected for this year’s induction highlight the caliber of candidates that the committee receives each year, ”said the deputy commissioner of the CHSAA. Rashaan Davis, who oversees the Hall of Fame.
The 2021 class will be inducted in a ceremony on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center (13200 East 14e Location, Aurore 80011).
Biographies of recent editions of the CHSAA Hall of Fame include:
Darnell mcdonald (Cherry Creek) – One of the best practice athletes this state has ever produced, Darnell McDonald competed in football and baseball at Cherry Creek High School, where he led the Bruins to three straight titles in both sports in the late 1990s. As a baseball player, McDonald played the role of outfielder / pitcher and was named three times to the All-Colorado team by the Rocky Mountain News and two-time Player of the Year. All-Colorado. In football, McDonald’s ended his career with 6,121 rushing yards and 83 touchdowns. His remarkable game came in the 1996 State Championship game against Arvada West (coach Dave Logan), where he rushed for 333 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Paul Cain (Grand Junction Central, Basalt) – Although his high school basketball career was remarkable, it was his work as a school and district administrator that made Paul such a peerless administrator inducted into the Hall of Fame . Paul has been the voice of athletics and activities on the West Slope. He was instrumental in helping the members of the CHSAA understand the challenges of the participation of schools on the west slope and the mountain. He was a member of the board of directors of the CHSAA and a candidate for the presidency. Paul has also served as president of the South West League and a member of the CADA board of directors. Paul is currently the Athletic Director for School District 51 in Mesa County, a position he has held since 2008.
“Marti” Benham (Cherry Creek) – In the world of high school speech and debate, Marti Benham has established herself as one of Colorado’s best. In addition to hosting numerous invitational tournaments each year, Marti has also served as Chair of the CHSAA State Speech and Debate Tournament and Regional Director of CHSAA. With the help of other coaches, she helped create the Support and Equity Action Group (2020) to increase access to the activity for all students, coaches and community members through best practices around the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. Since 2004, Marti has served as the Colorado District President of the National Speech and Debate Association. She received the NFHS Section VI Speech, Debate, and Theater Educator of the Year award (2020). Marti also received his 5e Diamond as a coach of the NSDA (2017).
TR Ellis (Olathe, Douglas County, Chaparral) – For 34 years, Coach Ellis has been absent from volleyball as a head coach in Olathe, Douglas County and Chaparral. Meanwhile, Ellis set a record of 467-288 and won the state championships in 2010 and 2011, with the 2011 team going undefeated. Coach Ellis has been named the League’s Coach of the Year seven times, 5A Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2011, and CCGS All-State Coach in 1990, 1995 and 2006. Although Ellis has a stellar coaching record, she will always be remembered for the way she treated her players. The qualities now promoted nationally by the InsideOut initiative came naturally to Ellis, making her a favorite among game workers, gamers and many more.
Gary Glover (Loveland) – One of Colorado’s top gymnastics coaches, Gary Glover has built a resume that sets the bar very high for those who follow. As a boys and girls gymnastics coach at Loveland, for over 25 years Gary compiled a wins / losses record of 164-56 with his boys’ teams and a 261-58 record with the team. some girls. With one state championship in men’s gymnastics (1991) and five state championships for women (1990, 1991, 1994, 1996 and 1999), Gary solidified his record as an exceptional coach. His accomplishments have earned him awards ranging from Denver Post / Rocky Mountain News All-Colorado Coach to NHSGCA National Coach of the Year. Although Gary has coached many award-winning gymnasts (including many All-Conference, All-State, and All-American), it is his current contributions to his sport after retirement that is a testament to his commitment to maintaining gymnastics in Colorado. in the avant-garde.