Charles Sherman Kolacny
Raised in WaKeeney, Kan., where he attended his first two years of high school. Lettered in football, basketball and track. Moved with his family to Baldwin where he continued in these same sports, lettering a total of seven times between the two schools.
Enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1946 and became an immediate starter on the football team as a halfback and later added duties as the extra-point and field-goal kicker. A significant highlight of his football career came in 1947 when he scored on an 89-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game against Rockhurst.
As a senior, he led the Wildcats to a 7-2 record and the conference championship of the KCAC. Baker’s record during his career was 22-13-1. Earned a total of nine athletic letters at Baker; four each in football and track, and one in basketball. In football, was selected all-conference second team all four years. In track, won nine conference medals and scored points in seven different events.
On campus was a member of the B-Club for four years, serving as treasurer as a junior, and was a member of the Independent Students Association.
Following graduation, taught and coached for a year at the Post’s middle school at Fort Leavenworth. Afterward, returned to Baker to assist with coaching football and track for a year.
During his career, spent 23 years as a member of the Kansas Highway Patrol. Retired in 1976 as the “Safety and Education” and Training Officer where he was instrumental in establishing the Cadet Lawman Program in cooperation with the American Legion.
After retirement from the Highway Patrol, operated an antiques business until 1999.
Served as a Scout master and Explorer Scout adviser for 19 years.