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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

Tom Dingman was inducted into the Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998.  Coach Dingman was a successful football coach at Ajo and Glendale High Schools.  Dingman went on to be a very successful insurance broker.Read more

John Carlson was the head wrestling coach at Chandler High School in the late 1980's and 1990's.  Coach Chandler's Wolves were the back to back Class 5A State Wrestling Champions in 1989 and 1990.  The 1989 team broke Tucson Sunnyside's 8 year streak of State Titles.  The Wolves won the meet by...Read more

Coach Rhea Wease was honored meritoriously for his outstanding dedication and service to Salome High School Athletics.  Salome High School opened in 1956, and Coach Wease was the first educator hired.  He remained at Salome until his retirement in 1993.  He coached boy's sports until 1972 and...Read more

Bary Judd coached boys and girls track at St. David High School in southeastern Arizona for over 20 years.  His male St. David Tigers were the 1978, 1979, and, twenty years later, the 1998 Class 1A State Track Champions. The boys were also the State Runners-Up in 1974 and 1994.  They were third...Read more

Although he won a 4 year baseball scholarship to the University of Arizona after playing at Phoenix Union, Coach Fowler joined the Naval Reserves and served on the USS Yorktown during the Korean War.  Ted came home and finished his education at Arizona State University.   Fowler coached baseball...Read more

Russ Bethel was the head baseball coach at Willcox High School in southeastern Arizona.  Coach Bethel's Cowboys were perennial frontrunners for years.  Willcox made five appearances in the State Title game during his tenure.  The Cowboys were back to back State Runners-Up in 1986 and 1987. ...Read more

Coach Charlie Webb was the head baseball coach at Phoenix Camelback High School from 1965 to 1986.  His Spartans were Divisional Champions 6 times.  His 1985 Spartans were the State Runner-Up to Tempe Mcclintock.  Webb's final overall record was 299-159.Read more

Clyda Jean Martin Owen came from a large Arizona family.  She attended Arizona State Teacher's College (now ASU) in 1942 and later became the first female Student Body President.  Coach Owen taught and coached at Glendale High School from 1946 to the late 1960's.  Coach Owen is considered to be...Read more

Tom Davis was a very successful 1A Football Coach in southeastern Arizona in the 1980's and 1990's.  Coach Davis had good years in Pima and good years at Elfrida Valley Union.  Davis' Pima Roughriders were the Class 1A State Football Champions in 1984.  Pima was also the State Runner-Up the year...Read more

Coach Jim Graham was the head girls basketball coach at Peoria Cactus High School.  His Lady Cobras were five time Class 4A State Champions (1987, 1993, 2004, 2007, and 2008).  His Lady Cobras were the State Runners-Up three years running in 1988, 1989, and 1990.Read more