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The structure of this web site is to honor those individuals that have devoted their lives to serving Arizona's youth with leadership, excellence, and success.  The men and women inducted into the Arizona High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame are the epitome of their profession and are being honored by their peers.  As of this writing 200 great coaches/educators have been inducted into this place of honor.  The Hall of Fame inductions began in 1984 with 33 charter members.  Usually a group of 5 new worthy coaches are added annually after a preceding member and/or the Executive Board induction committee nominates and then selects the candidates on the basis of their tenure, merit, and other exemplary characteristics.  We hope you enjoy moving through this history of excellence in Arizona High School Athletics.  You are navigating through a membership of coaches that have all been a coach for 20 years in the same sport, more than one sport, had unparalleled success, and/or have served their respective coaches' associations in various volunteer capacities.  Enjoy this trip down memory lane. 

News

Post date: 04/18/2016 - 08:42
March 29 and March 30

Former long time Carl Hayden High School assistant basketball coach to Hall of Famer Argie Rhymes, Pete Tuccio passed away on March 29.  Coach Tuccio was on the bench during the Falcons great runs of 4 state championships in the 80's and 90's.  He was 87.

Reed Peterson, of Mesa High School, a 1987 AZHSACHOF Hall of Famer, passed away on March 30.  Peterson coached practically every sport at Mesa, but is best known for his 3 state titles in football and also as one of Mutt Ford's key assistants.  Coach Peterson was 89.Read more

Post date: 05/28/2015 - 11:04
Spring 2016

​LEGENDARY ARIZONA PREP COACH EMIL NASSER DIES

​One of the architects of the original Hall of Fame and a charter member, Emil Nasser passed away on December 9, 2016 on his 95th birthday in Flagstaff.  He was surrounded by family and friends. Nasser, a WWII Veteran, National Hall of Famer, NAU Hall of Famer, etc., etc., etc., has left behind a legacy that will be equalled by very few.  He was one of those "bigger than life" personalities that is very rare and is a huge loss to the coaching community.  Arrangements have not yet been made, but will be posted on this...Read more

Hall of Fame

Joe Garcia spent his life teaching and coaching in the Phoenix Union High School District.  He is remembered as a loyal assistant coach at Central High School.  He was involved in the freshmen football and baseball programs.  Coach Garcia was active in the Arizona Coaches Association and all its...Read more

Kenneth Smith was the head baseball coach at Benson High School from 1972 to 1992.  His 1987 Benson Bobcats were the Arizona State Class 2A State Champions.  Coach Smith's teams were also the State Runners-Up in 1974 and 1992.  Smith's teams compiled a record of 316 wins and only 153 losses...Read more

Joe English has spent all but one year of his coaching career at Chaparral High School.  He was an assistant coach the first year and the next 25 years as the head coach.  Coach English' record was a sparkling 73% winning percentage with 480 total wins.  His Firebirds were the Arizona State...Read more

Tim began coaching high school soccer as an assistant at Ironwood High School in 1993.  A year later Tim assumed the head coaching position.  To this date Tim's teams have won 338, lost 90, and tied 17 times for a winning percentage of almost 80%.  Beck's Ironwood Eagles have been the Arizona...Read more

Sam began his 20 year secondary coaching career at Judson High school in 1978 and was head coach at Camelback and Mountain Pointe High schools for a total of 17 years before moving to the community college ranks.  Coach Ballard's head coaching record included 339 wins and a 65% winning...Read more

Lois began an incredible 51 year high school coaching career in 1965 at Dysart High School when she was hired as a physical education teacher and head badminton coach.  The 1971 Dysart team captured the state championship when both her singles player and doubles team won state titles.  Based on...Read more

Tom's high school baseball career began in 1975 when he accepted a teaching and assistant baseball coaching position at Casa Grande High School.  One year later he relocated to Brophy College Preparatory in the same role.  By 1978 he was the Brophy head coach.  He has continued in this role at...Read more

Coach Waldo Lee Bast led the Prescott Badgers in Track and Field for 30 years (1929-1968).  The Badgers were the State Champions in 1952 and the State Runners-Up in 1932.  Bast's teams were also the league champions in track 5 times.  Coach Bast was selected the Coach of the Year in 1932, 34,...Read more

Russ Winer coached high school wrestling for 26 years at Arcadia, Chandler, and Dobson High Schools.  His teams won 135 and only lost 58 in dual matches for a winning percentage of 69.9%.  Winer's Dobson Mustangs were the 1993 Class 5A State Wrestling Champions.  Coach was inducted into the...Read more

Bob Kelly coached baseball at Yuma and Kofa High Schools for 36 years.  He was the head coach at Yuma for 21 years.  Kelly also coached football, basketball, and boys/girls golf. His overall baseball record was 299-159.  Coach Kelly was the ACA All Star Coach for the South Team in 1967.  Bob was...Read more

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