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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 210 great coaches/educators have been inducted into this place of honor.  The Hall of Fame inductions began in 1984 with 32 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. 


Post date: 05/28/2015 - 11:04
August 3, 2017



​Many coaches and athletes were honored with induction this past week (Dec. 2017) at their third annual induction ceremony.  AZCHOF members Jesse Parker (Camelback) and Oz Shackelford (Maryvale) were among those honored.  


​The Executive Board of the Hall of Fame met on Monday, December 18, to select the class of 2018 new inductees.  Five coaches with a minimum of 20 years experience in 1 sport in Arizona High School prep sports were...Read more

Hall of Fame

Karen Self has been the head girls' basketball coach at Seton Catholic Prep for 25 years and running.  Coach Self's teams have won 83% of their games over those years.  The Sentinels have won a remarkable 9 Arizona State Girls' Basketball Titles during Coach Self's continuing reign.  Not only...Read more

Kenneth Troutt coached boys' basketball in Arizona for 26 years, four as an assistant at Westwood, and a combined 22 more years as the head coach at Cactus and Peoria High Schools.  Troutt's teams won over 60% of their games with 301 total victories.  His boys were the Arizona State Champions in...Read more

Cranston began his 31 year head coaching career at Winslow High School in 1970 where he coached the Bulldogs for 11 years.  Hysong was also a head coach at both Tolleson and Westview for 10 years each.  Coach Hysong's teams won over 271 track meets and won over 60% of them overall.  Cranny's...Read more

Bartt's 24 year head coaching career began in 1991 at Centennial High School and he is still coaching softball at Cactus as of this writing.  Underwood's teams have won 71% of their games over that span with an Arizona State Title in 2010, 5 State Runners-Up, and an amazing 13 region titles. ...Read more

Joe Kenrick coached baseball at Wickenburg High School over 30 years as part of a 40 year career at the school.  In addition to baseball, Kenrick coached basketball and football for almost 10 years.  The Wickenburg Wranglers won two Arizona State Titles (1970 and 1980) under Kenrick along with 6...Read more

Tom came to Arizona in 1965 from White Bear Lake High School in central Minnesota and began his Arizona wrestling career as an assistant at Ajo High School.  Two years later Tom was the head coach and remained at Ajo another 22 years.  In 1989 Wokasch moved to Mingus Union High School where he...Read more

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