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University of Colorado unveils 2024 Athletic Hall of Fame class

On Wednesday, the University of Colorado announced the 2024 Athletic Hall of Fame class, which includes 10 all-time great Buffs athletes. In addition, two former CU athletes made the Hall of Honor and two others were inducted into the Legacy Wing.

The Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame’s 2024 class is the 19th to be inducted and will consist of athletes from a variety of sports, including football, golf, volleyball, skiing, cross country and track and field. This class will be inducted into the Hall during a ceremony in November.

The Hall of Honor recognizes CU athletes who have lettered and achieved greatness in their chosen field outside of sports. The Legacy Wing was established in 2022 for individuals who have contributed to CU athletics during their lifetime.

Here’s a look at the 2024 class of the Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame:

Shayne Willie Culpepper – Cross Country/Track

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Before Shayne Culpepper became a two-time Olympian, he was a track and field athlete at CU. She finished her college career with five Big 8/Big 12 Conference titles and was named an All-American four times. During her senior season (1996-97), Culpepper was named CU’s Female Athlete of the Year.

Ronnie Bradford – Football

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Ronnie Bradford, a defensive back who played his high school, college and professional football in Colorado, is best remembered for blocking an extra point in Colorado’s victory over Notre Dame in the 1991 Orange Bowl.

Bradford entered the NFL in 1993 and played for four teams during his career, including the Denver Broncos. He also appeared in Super Bowl XXXIII for the Atlanta Falcons against the Broncos. Bradford currently works as a special teams assistant for the Miami Dolphins.

John Gregorio – Cross country/track cycling

John Gregorio was named an All-American in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track in 1972-73, becoming the first CU runner to do so. Gregorio finished in the top three of 40 distance events during his two seasons at Colorado.

Don Hasselbeck – Football

Don Hasselbeck joined the Buffaloes in 1973 and spent four seasons in Colorado. In 1977, the New England Patriots drafted Hasselbeck in the second round of the NFL draft. His NFL career lasted nine seasons and was highlighted by a Super Bowl victory with the Los Angeles Raiders.

Ben Kelly – Football

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One of the best returners in CU history, Ben Kelly returned seven kicks for touchdowns during his career, one shy of the school’s all-time record set by Cliff Branch. Kelly also saw time as a defensive back, catching 11 interceptions and 34 pass deflections during his three seasons at CU.

Harold “Monk” Saunders – Football/Golf/Basketball

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Harold “Monk” Saunders was a multi-sport athlete at CU, lettering in golf, football and basketball. After his time in Boulder, Saunders became a PT boat captain during World War II and later spent 34 years as a college football referee.

John Skajem – Skiing

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While he only competed for the Buffs for two years, John Skajem lit up the slopes in 1986 and 1987. Skajem became the first Buff to win four races in one season when he won four slalom events in 1986. He is responsible for three individual national competitions. titles, tied for fourth most in school history.

Anette Skjolden – Skiing

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Anette Skjolden, a cross-country skier in the early 1990s, captured All-American honors six times. Her two NCAA championships made her just the second CU woman ever at the time to win two titles in any sport.

Dan Stavely – Football/Admin

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Dan Stavely’s 15 seasons as a football assistant coach, a branch of the Dal Ward coaching tree, still rank fourth all-time in all sports in Colorado. After his coaching career ended, Stavely remained in Boulder as an assistant athletic director until his retirement in 1983.

Rachel Wacholder Scott – Volleyball

Rachel Wacholder Scott was an outside hitter for the Buffs volleyball teams in the mid-1990s. During her four-year career, she helped CU to an impressive 85-35 record. After her college playing days ended, Scott turned pro in beach volleyball and was a five-time member of the U.S. National Beach Volleyball Team.

Tom Lawrence – Basketball (Hall of Honor)

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Tom Lawrence, a two-time letterman in basketball at CU, is best known for his contributions to the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Lawrence was first hired as executive director in 2003 before being promoted to president and CEO in 2006, and led initiatives such as moving the hall to Mile High Stadium.

Ron Ginley – Gymnastics (Hall of Honor)

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Ron Ginley has made a name for himself in the world of both sports and science. From 1976 to 1980, Ginley lettered with the Buffs four times before working for the National Institute of Standards and Technology for 38 years as a leader in microwave management.

Alan Cass (Legacy Wing)

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You may have never seen Alan Cass, but you’ve probably heard his voice. Cass was first named announcer for CU men’s basketball games in 1965 before adding football games to his duties in 1982. His song ‘Here… comes… Ralphie’ remains iconic.

“Pasta” Jay Elowsky (Legacy Wing)

A Boulder institution that needs no introduction, Jay Elowsky opened his famous Pasta Jay’s restaurant 36 years ago and has been associated with Colorado athletics ever since. The late Bill Walton became famous for shouting out Pasta Jay references while calling Colorado basketball games on television.