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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

Coach David Cruickshank's cross country teams dominated the Class 5A schools in the  1980's.  Coaching at Phoenix Trevor Browne High School, Cruickshank's Bruins were the Class 5A State Champions in 1985, 1986, 1988, and 1989.  The 1987 team was the State Runner-Up.Read more

Dave Conatser has spent his life teaching and coaching in Winslow, Arizona.  Dave's boys and girls cross country teams were very successful during the late 60's through the early 90's.  His boy Bulldogs were the Class 4A State Champions in 1972 and 1973.  The boys were State Runners-Up in 1970,...Read more

Jack Spilsbury was inducted into the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1987 for a long career of excellence and success.  His 1961 Casa Grande Cougars were the Class 4A State Champions in boys basketball.  Spilbury coached at Casa Grande Union High School fro 1949 to 1970.  His Cougars...Read more

Waldo Dicus was a three major sport coach for Jerome and  Bisbee High Schools back in the 1930's and 1940's.  Coach Dicus' 1947 Bisbee Pumas were the Class 3A State Champions in baseball with a title victory over Tempe Union High School by a score of  2-1.   Warren Stadium, where Bisbee still...Read more

Paul Reynolds was an outstanding baseball coach and teacher at Snowflake High School in the 1970's and 1980's.  Coach Reynolds led the Snowflake Lobos to 4 appearances in the state finals.  The Lobos were the Class 3A State Champions in 1981 and 1987.  They were the State Runners-Up in 1985 and...Read more

Mike McCauley coached girls basketball at Snowflake High School in northeast Arizona for 14 years, and was the boys varsity coach for 5 years.  He was also an assistant in both programs for another 8 years.  Coach McCauley's Lady Lobos were in the state finals 6 times during that period.  The...Read more

Brian  Metheny was a solid and successful swimming coach at Washington High School in the 1970's.  Coach Metheny's Rams won back to back 5A State Swimming Titles in 1973 and 1974.  His 1976 boys were the 5A State Runners-Up, and his 1972 and 1975 teams were third at the State Meet. Read more

Hector Bejarano will always be remembered as a great basketball coach and a great leader of the Hispanic community.  Coach "B", as he was fondly called, led the North High School Mustangs to five Division 4A-II State Basketball Championship appearances.  The Mustangs were the best in 1988, 1990...Read more

  Ed began his long and storied career at Glendale High School as a biology teacher, frosh football, and junior varsity basketball coach.  He moved to the Phoenix Union High School District in 1950.  He coached for another 10 years at Phoenix Union High School and set a standard of discipline...Read more

Coach Dan Mannix made his mark coaching the Sunnyslope Vikings in the 4A conference.  Mannix's Vikes were the State Class 4A Champions in 2002 and 2009. The Arizona Republic chose Coach Mannix as the large schools Coach of the Year in 2002.   Coach Dan's boys were also the State Runners-Up in...Read more