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Windsor High School

2018 Hall of Fame


Every year since 2012, a committee working on behalf of Windsor High School has inducted a class into the school's hall of fame. 

The Hall of Fame highlights and immortalizes all individuals who shined on the athletic field, classroom, as an administrator or staff member or as a Wizard booster within the community. 

To nominate someone to the Windsor High School Hall of Fame, send an email to Kurt Hinkle at kurthinkle@gmail.com 

 

 

Class of 2018

Windsor High School to Induct 6 Honored Alumnus and Instructors into 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame

Coach - Sandi Cumings

Student-Athlete: Nic Cumings

Student-Athlete: Natalyn Cumings

Legacy Award: Gene Ehrlich

Legacy Award: Erich Ehrlich

"Spirit of the Wizard" Award: Murray Kula

 

The Windsor High School Athletic Hall of Fame recently announced the addition of six new members to the school’s distinguished club.

The committee members unanimously voted to add five former WHS athletes and one educator into its seventh induction class.

The upcoming class will be a family affair for many of the inductees.

Gene Ehrlich, a 1965 Windsor High School graduate, along with son Erich Ehrlich, a 1992 graduate, will be enshrined. Gene and Erich will both be recognized as Legacy Award recipients.

Joining the Ehrlich’s will be three members of the Cumings family.

Nicholas Cumings is a 1997 graduate and will be joined in the hall of fame by sister Natalyn, a 2002 graduate, and his wife Sandi Cumings, a former WHS softball coach and current high school Spanish teacher. Nic and Natalyn will go into the hall as athletes while Sandi will be honored as a coach.

Rounding out the Class of 2018 will be longtime Windsor educator, coach, and friend of the community, Murray Kula. The native of Greeley died on May 7, 2017 after battling a rapidly progressive brain disease.

Kula will be recognized as the first recipient of the “Spirit of the Wizard Award,” an honor that symbolizes not only excellence and commitment within the walls and athletic fields at Windsor High, but within in the community of Windsor. The honor will forever be referred to as the Murray Kula Award.

“We are thrilled and honored to welcome Gene and Erich Ehrlich, Nic, Natalyn and Sandi Cumings and, of course, Murray Kula to this year’s class,” said WHS Hall of Fame organizer Jenelle Duvall. “Each and every one of them embodies the true spirit, character and hard work associated with being a Wizard.”

The 2018 induction ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 25 at the Pelican Lakes Banquet Room, 1600 Pelican Lakes Point, in Windsor. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Duvall at 970-686-3635, or email jenelle.duvall@weldre4.org.

Gene Ehrlich defines what it means to be a Windsor Wizard. He was raised in Windsor as the youngest of four children to Walter and Rachel Ehrlich and after competing in football, basketball and track at WHS, tried out for the football team at the University of Northern Colorado, then Colorado State College. He played football at CSC until he was drafted to the United State Army in 1967. He was sent to Vietnam and served in the 25th Infantry Division, nicknamed “Tropic Lightning,” until 1969.  Once out of the military he finished his college degree in business and pursued a career in sales and marketing.

Gene coached football for 14 years at WHS and was a coach on the 1993 state championship team. During track and field season Gene volunteer at the home meets and helped coordinate summer weight room program meetings for the football program. He also was a member of the Windsor Quarterback Club and served as the WHS Booster Club President for nearly 10 years. While with the Booster Club he created the First Community advertising brochure/programs spotlighting each sports or activities at the school.

Gene and wife Nancy have three children – Kelly, who lives with husband Bill and son Alex in Pennsylvania, Allyson Tator, a member of the WHS 1995 state championship girls’ basketball team, who lives with husband Jason and children Makayla, Caitlin and Caden, and son Erich, who lives on a ranch north of Windsor with sons Marshall and Vance.

While at WHS, Erich shined on the football field, the basketball court and on the track. He was a three-year letter-winner in football, as well as basketball. Football is where Erich soared. He was an all-conference linebacker and tight end his junior and senior years, named the Class 4A Tri-Valley Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, was named to the Class 4A all-state team as a senior, and held several defensive school records. In basketball he made it to the all-conference team as a senior, was named the conference’s top rebounder in 1991, played in the 4 Star All-Star game in 1992 and received Class 4A all-state honors.

When he wasn’t receiving all-conference and all-state honors on the football field, he was receiving achievements in the classroom. He was an academic all-star for four years, a member of the school’s honor roll, its National Honor Society and was a delegate for the American Legion Boys State.

Erich received a scholarship to play tight end for his father’s alma mater, the University of Northern Colorado, where he played for two years before transferring to Midland University in Fremont, Neb. He concluded his collegiate athletic career as a defensive end for Midland and received first team all-conference defensive end honors in 1995 and was named to the All-Nebraska Small College First Team Defense. He graduated with a degree in public relations and marketing in 1996.

Erich coached football alongside Gary Perko for 10 years at Severance Middle School and was also on the staff of the 1993 WHS state championship team. He was also the Voice of the Wizards football announcer from 1999-2003, helped reinstate the WHS Booster Club and volunteered on numerous boards including the Windsor Chamber of Commerce, the Weld County Commissioner and was a co-creator of the Bulls on the Beach at Water Valley event.

Erich’s two sons both attend Skyview Elementary School.

Nic Cumings is the most decorated distance runner in Windsor history. The 1997 graduate lettered all four years in track and cross country for WHS and won the Class 4A state title as an individual and for his team in 1995 and 1996. He was named the Weld County Athlete of the year three years and was named to the all-conference and all-state teams all four years.

After graduating from WHS as the most accomplished cross country and track and field athlete in the school’s history, Nic joined the Marine Corps in 1997 where he was on the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. After his five-year stint in the Marines, Nic attended a trade school to become a firefighter. He’s currently a firefighter with the Denver Fire Department.

Nic is married to fellow 2018 hall of fame inductee, Sandi, and together they have three children, Sidnei (11), Kiana (9) and Landon (5).

Nic’s younger sister, Natalyn Cumings, was also a award-winning athlete. The 2002 graduate lettered in softball, basketball, soccer, and track, and played basketball after high school at Chadron (Neb.) State College.

The 15-time letter-winner was the face of girls’ athletics at WHS from 1998-2002. She lettered in four sports and was a dominate player for each program. She was all-conference in soccer all four years, three years in softball (sophomore through senior years), and her junior and senior years in track and basketball. During her senior basketball season, she was named to the Class 4A all-state team.

After graduation she attended Chadron State where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Two years later she received a master’s in business administration from the University of Bridgeport (Conn.).

Natalyn lives in the Roaring Fork Valley where she’s the director of human resources at a private golf club near Aspen.

While Natalyn was the star leftfielder and catcher for the WHS softball team, her soon-to-be sister-in-law was her coach.

Sandi Cumings is the most successful softball coach at WHS.  During her 12-year career as the varsity head coach, Sandi earned a record of 182-84-2 which included the 2006 Class 4A state championship and the 2011 Class 4A state runner-up. Her teams qualified for state six-straight years and Sandi was named the Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2011. She also coached in the state all-star game in 2009 and 2011.

The 1995 Boulder High School graduate lettered three years in softball and was named as the team’s most inspirational player three times and its MVP her senior year.

She played softball at the University of Southern Colorado for two years on a partial scholarship and earned a degree in Spanish in 1999. She was hired as a Spanish teacher at WHS in January of 2000 and has been a Wizard ever since.

Rounding out the distinguished 2018 class is the late Murray Kula.

Murray taught physical education, lifetime activities, social issues, and weight training classes at WHS from 1985-2005. After retirement he often helped as a substitute teacher and he was hired to teach a PE class in March 2017 before he became ill.

Murray could coach any sport – football, track, basketball and golf. He was the head boys’ golf and track coach at WHS.

Murray the Educator was also Murray the Fundraiser. He donated his time and effort to various charitable causes like the Make A Wish Foundation and Multiple Sclerosis, and often sacrificed his body for a fundraiser. He rode his bicycle from Denver to Windsor for one cause, slept in a tent on the roof of the high school for a week for another, ran a marathon around the school’s track and walked for 24 straight hours on the track.

During his retirement he taught ski lessons at Eldora, winning the Instructor of the Year award in 2016.



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