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Sports / Recreation

Colorado Sports Hall of Fame inducts McGregor

April 8, 2011
By Tony Phifer

The late Keli McGregor, an All-American tight end at CSU before becoming president of the Colorado Rockies, was officially inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame on April 12.

Former CSU All-American Keli McGregor will be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. The late Keli McGregor, an All-America football player at CSU who went on to become president of the Colorado Rockies, was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame on April 12 during ceremonies at the Denver Marriott City Center.

Star-filled Class of 2011

McGregor, who died unexpectedly in April 2010 of a rare heart infection, is the 18th former CSU athlete or coach to be included in the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. McGregor will be inducted with former Colorado Rockies standout Larry Walker, former Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam, auto racing legend Bobby Unser, former CU and Denver Broncos linebacker Alfred Williams and Colorado College alum Art Berglund, who has been involved with USA Hockey for more than 30 years.

CSU volleyball standout Danielle Minch will also be honored at the sold-out banquet after being named the state’s female college athlete of the year. Minch’s coach, Tom Hilbert, will be given a special citation by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

From walk-on to All-American

McGregor rose from unknown walk-on football player to become one of CSU’s most prominent and beloved alumni.  He graduated in 1984 with a degree in microbiology after twice being named an All-American tight end, and he remains fifth on CSU’s all-time list with 153 career pass receptions.  He was named to CSU’s All-Century team in 1992, and was inducted into the CSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

Danielle Minch is being honored as the female college athlete of the year.After playing in the NFL and working six years in college athletics, McGregor joined the Rockies in 1993 as senior director of operations.  He rose through the ranks to become team president in 2001, helping transform the Rockies from perennial also-rans into a model Major League Baseball franchise.  Colorado won the 2007 National League pennant – playing the Boston Red Sox in the World Series – and reached the playoffs in 2009.

CSU coach, star player honored

Minch, a graduating senior, was the two-time player of the year in the Mountain West Conference, leading the Rams to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. With Minch leading the way, the Rams finished 26-5, won their eighth MWC title and finished the season ranked 16th in the nation.

Hilbert, who has led the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in each of his 14 seasons, is being cited for becoming the all-time leader in coaching victories at CSU. He has compiled a record of 357-91 at CSU.