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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. 

Hall of Fame

After beginning his career in Safford, AZ, Dale Torrence was the head track and cross country coach at West High School in the Phoenix Union District from 1954-75.  Coach Torrence was instrumental in the establishment of prep Cross Country in Arizona and was the first state meet organizer/...Read more

Joe Famulette, now deceased, was inducted into the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1993.  Coach Famulette was highly respected by his peers and revered by the Native American community which he represented on the basketball court.  His style of coaching was "Mush, Mush, Mush" as his...Read more

Gil Corona showed up at Arizona State Teacher's College (now Northern Arizona University) in Flagstaff in 1940.  Coach joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 at the beginning of WW II for the USA.  He was a Tech Sergeant and radioman on a B-26 bomber.  He was shot down on his 25th mission near Rome...Read more

Rollie Caldwell was another multiple sport coach from the early years of high school athletics. Coach Caldwell was inducted into the Arizona Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame in 1985 and recognized as a talent on all three major boy's sports, football, basketball, and baseball.  Caldwell was well...Read more

Phil Kemp was a long time and very successful boy's basketball coach at Phoenix Alhambra High School.  His Lions won two Class 5A State Basketball Championships in 1974 and 1985.  The 1974 title was an amazing game won by Kemp's Lions in 4 overtimes!!!  The Lions bested another Hall of Fame...Read more

Bob Schuster was a charter member of the Arizona Coaches Hall of Fame in 1984.  Coach Schuster was one of the most successful prep track coaches in the state of Arizona from the late 1950's to the late 1980's.  Coach graduated from the University of Missouri and taught his first few years in...Read more

Jack Chisum led the Miami Vandals to the Arizona State Class 3A Baseball Championships in 1979 and 1980.  Chisum coached at Holbrook before moving to Miami for a total of 26 years in high school athletics.  Jack was the victorious ACA South Baseball Coach in 1979.  The Arizona Republic naes...Read more

Coach Leonard Agee was the head basketball coach, history teacher, and Athletic Director at Buckeye High School in the West Valley for 29 years.   Coach Agee's Hawks were very successful during his tenure.  After opening the new gym in 1956 Agee was honored by the facility being named after him...Read more

Coach Max Valkingburg started the golf program at Benson High School and retired after 22 years as the Bobcats head coach.  His teams compiled an overall record of 247 wins and only 88 losses during that span.  His Bobcats were State Runners-Up in the State Golf Tournament twice.  Coach...Read more

Gretchen James was one of the first 5 women inducted into the Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame.  Coach James was inducted in the sport of archery which no longer exists under the AIA umbrella.  Her archery teams dominated the sport during its existence.  Gretchen was the first coach from Arizona...Read more