2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
Dr. William Hurley ('76)
Dr. William Hurley graduated with his B.S, magna cum laude at CSU, Fort Collins. He received his MD with honors at CU School of Medicine, Denver. Hurley has completed post-graduate programs for medical and executive development training in three states. He has provided emergency medical care for military, community and academic patients since 1985. He is an emergency department doctor and medical director at Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma, WA; a clinical associate professor for the University of Washington School of Medicine; and works overseas with the Cleveland Clinic as a member of the International Medicine Program in Saudi Arabia. He started his medical career as an EMT for an ambulance service. An Olympia, WA, resident, he is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Medical Toxicology. He was 2016 Rural Healthcare Practitioner of the year for Washington state. He is a decorated veteran with the Army in Iraq and Somalia and does regular volunteer work with World War II veterans in support of Puget Sound Honor Flight.
Steve Shirley ('75)
Steve Shirley holds an AAS in Computer Science Technology from USC (University of Southern Colorado) and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from USC. Graduate study includes Graduate School of Banking, CU, and National Commercial Lending School, University of Oklahoma. Shirley is currently VP, Information Technology, Parkview Medical Center, Pueblo. He has coordinated, Pueblo Special Olympics more than 3 decades, is Colorado HOF outstanding volunteer. He is past chair of Pueblo YMCA, past board chair of Catholic Charities of Pueblo, past president, Pueblo Charter Lions Club, and winner of Colorado’s Lions Clubs’ Humanitarian Award. Shirley is past treasurer/board member and charter member of Pueblo South High School Alumni Foundation and now is an Emeritus member of the board.
Jerry Sisneros (Coach)
Jerry Sisneros has served as South High teacher and wrestling coach since early 1980s. He retired this year with 3 state wrestling titles and 3 runner-up teams since he became head coach in 1987. His efforts and commitment to his young charges led to 18 individual state champions, 102 who placed at state and 207 state qualifiers, and consecutive top 10 team finishes from 1994-2000.Coaching awards include: Greater Pueblo Hall of Fame, Colorado Wresting Hall of Fame, National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was a finalist in 2006 for the National High School Coaches Association’s Wresting Coach of the Year. He is a single parent whose son, Joshua, wrote a strong reference for his father’s inclusion into the PSHAF Hall of Fame, noting his father’s motto, “You’ll never out-give me,” has had a positive impact on him, his students, his wrestlers and his co-workers. His assistant coach, Tim Urenda, who will succeed his mentor as head wrestling coach, has been Sisneros’ assistant for 27 years.
Dr. Jim Stjernholm ('67)
Dr. Jim Stjernholm holds a B.S, Arts from Colorado College and earned his MD. From the CU School of Medicine. He interned in family practice/primary care in Wisconsin, and was an emergency room physician in California. Stjernholm began his internal medicine practice in Pueblo, 1981, and has staff privileges at St. Mary-Corwin and Parkview hospitals. He has been Board certified in internal medicine since 1980. He has also been medical director, and on the Nutritional Support Team at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, and attending instructor in the Southern Colorado Family Medicine resident program. He has been Medical Director of Peak Health Plan and was on the board of directors of Minnequa Bank.
Sharon Price Swerdfeger ('65)
Sharon Price Swerdfeger. Among Sharon’s civic board member or chair positions: Parkview Hospital Foundation, Pueblo YMCA, Colorado Business Education Coalition, Pueblo Community College Foundation, Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, St. Mary Corwin Healthcare Foundation, Friends of the Library, Kiwanis Club, Pueblo Boys’ and Girls’ Club. She founded the Pueblo chapter of The National Association of Women in Construction,She is past president/board member/charter member of the Pueblo South High School Alumni Foundation and now an Emeritus member of the board. Community service has been the byword for Sharon and her husband of 50+ years, Keith. This dynamic Pueblo couple started their construction firm soon after graduating and now employ 300 people in southern Colorado. They are among the most generous alumni of South High, in time and money.