Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on November 17, 1977 · Page 22
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 22

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Page 6A Garden City Telegram Thursday, November 17,1977 Diverse, Experienced Coaches Collide Garden City Community College head football coach Moe Cotter knows how to win. The 1963 graduate of Pittsburgh State University has accumulated a 31-14 record as a junior college coach, including 22 wins against 12 losses in three years at GCCC and nine wins in 11 outings in one year at Pratt. Cotter began his coaching career as an assistant at Joplin, Mo. High School. After one 1 season there, he transferred to an aide position at Nevada, Mo. Cotter assumed the head duties at Nevada after three seasons and enjoyed consistent success until moving to Pratt in 1969. With two years experience as an assistant with the Beavers, Cotter became head coach in 1971 and led his unit to a 9-2 record. Pratt won the Mid-America Bowl, 13-12, over Normandale, Minn, to cap that campaign. In 1972, Cotter arrived in. Garden City as George Walstad's right-hand man. Walstad and Cotter pieced together three straight winning seasons before Walstad advanced to Kansas State University and Cotter took over here. His first Broncbuster team raced to a 4-0 start, but the injury bug hit and GCCC was forced to settle for a 6-5 mark. Last year, with two 1,000- yard running backs, GCCC went 8-4, ending its season with a 28-13 victory over Northeastern Oklahoma in the first Beef Empire Bowl. Cotter's forces posted an 8-3 regular-season record this year and were ranked first in the Jayhawk Juco Conference in total offense. A win Saturday would boost Cotter's GCCC record past the .650 percentage level at 23-12. The Scottsdale, Ariz. Community College Artichokes are coached by John Avianatos. He played high school football in Easton, Pa., where he was recruited by Arizona State's Frank Rush. After a back injury cut short his playing career, he accepted a graduate assistantship under Rush. His first head coaching job was at Las Vegas High School. He compiled a 7-1-1 record in his first season, and later became defensive coordinator at Phoenix College. He toiled for eight years at Phoenix before moving to Scottsdale. He was named head coach in 1974 and has been in that position since. The Assistants Fayne Benson—offensive coordinator. Owns a 91-32-1 career head coaching record. In five years at the Garden City High School helm, he directed teams to two state playoff berths. In 1975, he acted as defensive coach for the Western Kansas Shrine Bowl team. Darrell Nelson—defensive line. Has pieced together a defensive front which ranks in the lop four in the conference against the run. Responsible for the development of tackle Darrell Oakley, an all-American prospect. Also acts as head wrestling coach. Rick Blackburn—offensive line. First season at GCCC. Native of Broken Arrow, Okla. Head football and wrestling coach at Classen High School in Oklahoma City. Played semiprofessional baseball while in the Air force and collegiate football at the University of Oklahoma. James Sanson— defense. First year at Scottsdale. Spent three seasons as defensive coordinator at Cortez High School. Earned all- Western Athletic Conference honors as a linebacker at El Paso Texas. Bob Richey— offense. Responsible for the Scottsdale receiving corps. Helps direct Phoenix youth programs. Tried out for Washington Redskins last summer as a punter, but failed to make the squad. Expected to try again next season. Ken Giovando—offense. Is an originaj member of the Scottsdale coaching staff. Played for three seasons as a lineman at the University of Arizona. Assisted at Tucson Salpointe High School and Towson State University. Steve Loy—defense. Also Scottsdale's golf coach. Earned all-America honorable mention while playing at Eastern New Mexico University and served on the national Athletic Motivational Inventory study of the mental aspects of sports. Officials Announced Beef Empire Bowl officials have announced the officiating crew for the Nov. 19 classic pitting Garden City Community College against Scottsdale, Ariz. Duane Osborne, a native of Nickerson, will act as referee, while Ed Doherty, Hutchinson, will serve as umpire. Burner native John Franz will be the headlinesman, Great Bend's Bruce Harper the field judge and Hutchinson's John Summervill the back judge. * * * Mayor Honors Beef Bowl Garden City mayor Duane West has proclaimed Saturday "Beef Empire Bowl Classic Day/' West made the proclamation on behalf of the sponsoring organizations: Garden City Community College, Beef Empire Board, Inc., Quarterback Club and Chamber of Commerce. Post-Game Dance Slated Garden City Community College's Chicano Students United chapter will sponsor a dance Saturday in the student center. Players from both Beef Bowl football learns will be honored at the event, which is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. The public is invited. Admission is 25 cents at the door. Sideline Bosses John Avianantos James Sanson Rick Blackburn Darrell Nelson Ken Giovando Steve Loy Bob Richey

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