Former CU Buffs football coaches Gary Barnett, Fred Folsom will be inducted to school’s hall of fame

The University of Colorado announced Wednesday the 10 members that will make up the school’s athletic Hall of Fame 2019 class, and headlining the list were two former football coaches.

The group — whose careers cover a span from the 1890s to well into the 2000s — represents five sports and features a trailblazer in administration. The 10 future inductees include: former football coaches Fred Folsom and Gary Barnett, former football player and assistant coach Brian Cabral, former football and baseball player Ed Pudlik, former football player Barry Helton, former cross country and track stars Jenny (Barringer) Simpson and Dan Reese, former skiers Bruce Gamble and Jana (Rehemaa) Weinberger, and former women’s athletics director Jane Wahl.

Barnett was the Buffaloes’ coach from 1999 to 2005, after serving as an assistant from 1984 to 1991. During his seven-year tenure as head coach, Colorado won the 2001 Big 12 title, had one 10-win season and made five bowl appearances.

Folsom and Pudlik will be honored posthumously. CU’s Folsom Field is named after Folsom, who coached the Buffaloes football program in the mid-1890s and early 1900s. Pudlik was a star football and baseball player from 1946 to 1949 who helped Colorado transition to the Big 7 conference.

Simpson — a four-time NCAA champion and Olympic bronze medalist — will join Chauncey Billups and Ceal Barry as inductees selected in their first year of eligibility. An athlete must be at least 10 years removed from their CU career, and if on a professional team, retired from that sport to be considered for induction.

Once inducted in November, they’ll join the 112 individuals (and the 1959 ski team as a unit) who have been enshrined since 1998.

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