Former Lutheran coach joins hall of fame

Kettner’s team won numerous league championships

Posted 1/27/15

One might say that it was a “Lucky Seven” who were inducted into the Colorado Dugout Club’s Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. Yet, it is more than luck as the seven are definitely well known to the state’s baseball …

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Former Lutheran coach joins hall of fame

Kettner’s team won numerous league championships

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One might say that it was a “Lucky Seven” who were inducted into the Colorado Dugout Club’s Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. Yet, it is more than luck as the seven are definitely well known to the state’s baseball community.

Comprising this year’s class: Jim Capra, Rick Harig, Warren Kettner, Mike Letofsky, Darryl Milne, Joe Rossi and Tim Schiebeler.

Kettner is the inductee of local interest for those in Parker. Kettner, originally from Good Thunder, Minn., has certainly been around the Colorado high school baseball scene for a long time. He is also an Army veteran who served two years in Korea (1954-55) then returned to finish his education at Valparaiso University in Indiana, graduating in 1959.

Kettner, 81, became the head baseball coach at Lutheran High School in 1963 and also helped develop the cross country and wrestling programs at the school. He went on to serve as an assistant basketball and football coach.

He was the school’s athletic director for 10 years as well as teaching Social Science, Geography, World History, International Relations and Economics over his career. He also was the head of the Physical Education Department.

Kettner’s overall record on the diamond is 213-156 while winning six Metro League titles. He was selected to the Colorado High School Umpire Association Hall of Fame and served several years on the state’s baseball committee.

“To me, this is unbelievable and such a humbling experience to say the least,” said Kettner, who began his college career at Lower Columbia Junior College in Longview, Wash. “I was just shocked when I was called. This just helps bring back a lot of memories. I’ve been retired since 2002. The inductees are all fine gentlemen and it just so nice to be included among them. It’s been a wonderful career working with the kids and athletes at school and I can only wish all of them the very best in their careers and endeavors.”

The Colorado Dugout Club, formerly the Colorado High School Baseball Coaches Association, decided to construct its own Hall in 2010. A total of 70 coaches, former athletes, officials, trainers and members of the press have now been inducted into the Hall since its inception. This year’s ceremony was held at the Marriott Denver Tech Center Hotel on Jan. 16.

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