Some past Aurora coaching greats are set to induction into the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame March 24.
The five-member class set to be inducted at 6:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast in Aurora includes former Overland coach and athletic director Tony Schenbeck and former Aurora Central boys basketball coach Bob Caton.
In four seasons at Aurora Central, Caton (pictured above at right with former Aurora Central athletic directors Ad Lopez and the late Lee Rosa) piled up 90 victories — including a 76-3 record from 2004-07 — and led the program to the Class 5A playoffs each season in the wake of a 1-19 record before his arrival. Under Caton, the Trojans made it to the state championship game in the 2006-07 where they lost to Denver East.
Caton — who coached previously at Manual, his alma mater Denver West and George Washington — departed to coach at Highlands Ranch, retired briefly and is now at Mullen.
Schenbeck coached the baseball program at Overland for two decades and guided the Trailblazers to the state championship in 1990, while he was 398-269 in a 40-year career that also included two stints at Mullen. The baseball field located across the street from Overland in Utah Park is named after him.
Currently, Schenbeck is the Chairman of the Overland High School Athletic Hall of Fame selection committee, which is set to induct its first class on March 31.
In addition, a variety of special awards will be given out, some honoring those from Aurora. Cherokee Trail track & cross country coach Chris Faust is set to receive the Tom Southall Adaptive Sports Award and Hinkley athletic director Rodney Padilla has been selected for the Benefactor Award.
Former Grandview coaches Gary and Patty Childress will also be recognized.
The other three member of the CHSCA Hall of Fame Class of 2018 are Al Blanc (boys basketball, Swink), Maggie Kilmer (girls basketball/volleyball, Prairie) & Al Snyder (girls basketball, Simla).
The CHSCA Hall of Fame began in 1964 and its previous inductees include plenty of athletes, coaches and administrators with Aurora ties: 1968 — Bill Hinkley; 1971 — George Barrows; 1977 — Lou Kellogg (Regis Jesuit); 1985 — Guy Gibbs (Regis Jesuit); 1988 — Bob Caviness; 2006 — Richard Anderson (Gateway) 2015 — Patty Childress (Grandview) & Ken Shaw (Regis Jesuit); 2017 — Tony Manfredi (Overland); 2018 — Bob Caton (George Washington/Aurora Central) & Tony Schenbeck (Mullen/Overland)
— Courtney Oakes, Sports Editor