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PHOENIX UNION HAS THIRD HALL OF FAME CEREMONY
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.
FIVE MORE NEW HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES SELECTED
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 selected to be inducted in April of 2018. The names will be released after the recipients are contacted and all the machinery for their induction is in place. Hall of Fame coach Bill Gahn (Prescott) was added to the HOF Executive Board, as well. Welcome Bill!!
HOF NOMINATION FORM NOW IS A TAB ON THE MAIN PAGE
The nomination form for the HOF is now available on the web site. Look for Nomination Form on the upper right corner of the main page. Click on that and then open the form for your use. Print it fill it out, and submit the form to Dave Silcox, the Executive Secretary. Dave's contact information is under the Executive Board tab at the top of the main page. DO NOT USE THE OLD NOMINATION FORMS--THEY WILL NOT BE COMPATIBLE WITH THE NEW PROTOCOL FOR INDUCTION IN TO THE HALL OF FAME. Nominators should be existing Arizona Athletic Coaches Hall of Famers or the form should be endorsed by an existing Hall of Famer. The nominee must have been a coach in one sport for at least 20 years in Arizona AND a head coach in that sport for at least 10 years. Selection is determined by the Executive Board in the annual winter meeting. Inductees are selected primarily on their years of service, their successes, and their participation in "giving back" to their sport, i.e. clinics, All Star Games, service on committees which govern their sport, etc.
TWO GREAT COACHES PASS ON THE SAME DAY
Like the passing of Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on the same day, Jesse Parker (Camelback, Mesa Mountain View, Texarkana, TX, and Gilbert High Schools), and Vern Friedli (Morenci and Tucson Amphitheater High Schools) passed away last Friday, July 28. Parker won 5 Arizona High School State Football Championships and was the symbol of work, discipline, and persistence to his players. Friedli won 331 games in his long career with one State Championship. His win total was the most in Arizona history until Paul Moro (Blue Ridge, Poston Butte, and Marcos de Niza High Schools) passed his total in 2016. A public memorial service will be held for Coach Parker at the Mesa Mountain View School Auditorium at 5:00 PM on August 19. A memorial service was held at Amphi's Friedli Field Friday evening, August 4. Both of these stellar coaches have been members of the Arizona and National High School Coaches Hall of Fame since the 1980's.
HALL OF FAME PUBLIC DISPLAY OPENED ON JUNE 7, 2017
The day has finally arrived when the 205 coaches that have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since 1984 will have their plaques on display in the same place. A short MEDIA EVENT with HALL OF FAMERS, the sponsors, and journalists was held at the Gila River Arena on Wednesday, June 7. The new display is impressive and is now finally COMPLETE. The Arena is including two massive column wraps that identify this area as the Arizona High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame. The Arena staff also plans to cover each of the panels with plexiglass to maintain the integrity of all the plaques. We now have our organization showcased in an area that is heavily traveled and easily accessed.
HIGHLY RESPECTED WOMEN'S ATHLETICS ADVOCATE AND HALL OF FAMER DIES
Clyda Jean Owen, long time coach and athletic director from the Glendale HIgh School District passed away on April 8. Coach Owen was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003. The new gymnasium at Glendale HIgh School bears her name. A huge advocate of Title IX and the proliferation of female athletics at the high school level . Owen was among a handful of female coaches setting the standards for girls athletics in their infancy. There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, April 29, at 9:30 AM at the First United Methodist Church, 7102 N. 58th Dr. in Glendale. Please visit www.menkefuneralhome.com to share memories and leave condolences.
INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS HALL OF FAME
THE TOP TEN BY NUMBER OF INDUCTEES
1. WINSLOW 10
2. CACTUS 8
3. PHOENIX CAMELBACK 7
4-6. PHOENIX MARYVALE 6/SNOWFLAKE 6/PEORIA 6
7-9. CORONA DEL SOL 5/PHOENIX UNION 5/PHOENIX NORTH 5
10. EIGHT SCHOOLS TIED WITH 4 INDUCTEES.
NEW TAB TO HONOR ARIZONA'S LONG TERM ASSISTANT COACHES
We have installed a new tab at the top of the Home Page of this site primarily to recognize long tenure and excellence by our "right hand men" (and/or women), those assistant coaches that made our careers so successul and positive. This is simply a list of coaches nominated by Hall of Fame inductees that were in the wings for 20 years or more. If you are reading this, and you are a Hall of Famer, you can add to the list by contacting Rich Hoyt or Bill Gahn. We need the coach's name, school, sport, and years of tenure. They will be added immediately to the assistant coaches list under this new tab.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that Hall of Famers Emil Nasser, Joseph X. Miller, and Al Munoz all played on the same offensive football line at Arizona State Teacher's College (NAU) in the 1940's at the same time?
Did you know that University of Arizona legendary baseball coach Frank Sancet was once a high school basketball coach? Coach Sancet lost the State Title (all classes combined) basketball game in 1947 to Florence High School by a single point 33-32. Sancet was the coach for the Douglas Bulldogs before moving to the U of A as the baseball coach. Sancet was a graduate of Glendale High School.
Steve Coutchie was the head football and basketball coach for the Mesa Jackrabbits in the 20's, 30's, and 40's before being hired as the head football coach at Arizona State University in 1946. Coach Coutchie and Mutt Ford were both known primarily as football coaches, and both won multiple state football AND state basketball titles at Mesa High School.
Emil Nasser, also a Northern Arizona University Hall of Famer, who was widely known for his football exploits, coached the Winslow Bulldogs to the State Title baseball game (they lost 10-0) in 1953 to Douglas. Nasser was instrumental in integrating the city swimming pool in Winslow during the 1950's.
OK Fulton, in the Hall of Fame for his basketball exploits, also won 4 State Titles in 4A golf during his tenure at Agua Fria.
Remember the great true story and movie of Hickory High School from basketball crazy Indiana? One of the smallest schools in Indiana in 1951 wins the all-class, all-school state basketball championships. Arizona has a similar bevy of David and Goliath stories in her high school basketball history. Florence was the Arizona All School State Basketball Champion in 1947. St. Johns was the Arizona State Champion in 1929 with a 20-0 record. Douglas (1932), Bisbee (1930), Safford (1927), and Globe (1921) also won titles. Miami High School was the all school runners-up 4 times!!! It is interesting to note that many of these teams came from busy mining towns during that era. I saved the best for last. A small agricultural community, Duncan, managed to three-pete the Arizona State High School Championship in 1938, 1939, and 1940 under Coach Frank Brickey. Eat your hearts out Hickory High School!!!