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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

Emil was a charter member of the Arizona Coaches Hall of Fame in 1984 and a charter member of the National High School Association's Hall of Fame in 1996.  Emil was the head coach of the Winslow Bulldogs from 1947 to 1983.  The Bulldogs were state champions in 1948, 49, and 1964.  Coach Nasser...Read more

Thurman was one of 32 charter members inducted into the HOF.  He coached football 33 years starting in New Mexico with stops in Parker, Holbrook, and Tolleson.  Thurman coached 2 state runners-up (Parker in 1967 and Tolleson in 1978).  In addition to being active in the Arizona Coaches...Read more

Coach Hoyt coached football in Arizona for 36 of his 48 years in education.  He also coached football for 9 years in Idaho.  Rich's teams won state titles in 1985 and '86 in Snowflake, Arizona.  He coached state runners-up in Winslow in 1994, and Williams in 1970 (asst).  His Idaho teams won a...Read more

Craig Anderson was born and raised in Phoenix.  Craig attended Phoenix Union West and Glendale High Schools.  He went on to Palo Verde Jr. College, and Fresno State where he played football and got his BA in education.  Craig came back to ASU for his Master's degree.  Craig's first coaching job...Read more

Steve coached golf and football in Snowflake, Arizona beginning in 1984 through 2014.  Steve's golf teams won 10 state titles during that span.  Steve was instrumental in conducting the AIA state golf tournament on several occasions.  Steve was also a key assistant on 7 state title football...Read more