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Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame to Induct Killian

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS - Former Erie Community College athletics director and men's basketball coach George Killian is among the 2012 Hall of Fame class for the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame. The Colorado Springs Sports Corporation announced the 2012 class for the upcoming Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony, set for October 30 at the Colorado Springs World Arena.

Killian, who coached the ECC men's basketball program from 1954-69, was the program's all-time win leader until current ECC head coach Alex Nwora surpassed that mark during the 2011-12 season. Killian was inducted into the ECC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991.

Killian, an international sports leader, moved the National Junior College Athletic Association offices to Colorado Springs in 1986 to become part of the city’s sports family. Killian has been the President of FIBA, the international governing body of basketball, from 1990-1998, a member of the United States Olympic Committee’s Board of Directors from 1967-2004, and a Member of the International Olympic Committee, 1996-1998. The former basketball coach and administrator is one of the most well known and respected figures in sport, earning the IOC’s Olympic Order (1996) and the USOC’s Olympic Torch Award in 2010. Killian served as the President of the International University Sports Federation for more than a decade, and was a key figure in the dramatic growth and popularity of the World University Games around the world. He was the first executive director of the NJCAA in 1969 through his retirement in 2004 and served as the organization’s President, 1967-1969.

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