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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 Aaron Anderson began coaching boy's basketball in 1986 and has served as a head coach for 18 years at 4 different Arizona high schools;  Chinle, Kayenta Monument Valley, St. Johns, and Page.  Coach's teams have won 373 games with a winning percentage of 74%.  His Monument Valley Mustangs...Read more

Coach Jeffrey Griffith had an incredible record coaching softball at Cactus High School.  His Lady Cobras won six 4A State Championships under his leadership.  His girls were the best in 1987, 1989, 1994, 2003, 2004, and 2006.  Griffith's teams had won titles in 3 different decades.  The Lady...Read more

Nadine Sass' Lady Camelback Spartans were the Class 5A State Volleyball Champions 5 times during her tenure (1980, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990).  Her 1988 team was the State Runner-Up.  Coach Sass' 1989 and 1990 Lady Spartans were back-to-back undefeated teams.  The gymnasium at Camelback now bears...Read more

Tom Shoemake stood for all the right things at Florence.  He instilled values into his players and they responded with success.  His Florence Gophers won 3 Class 2A State Championships under Shoemake.  The 1987 and 1989 teams were both 13-0.  The 1991 team beat Kearney Ray in a tight 10-6...Read more

Jerry Conner has led his teams to over 500 wins in boy's basketball during his career.  Shadow Mountain High School has named its gym after him.  Conner opened the program at Shadow Mountain in 1974.  The Matadors handed him the 1996 4A State Basketball title with High School All-American Mike...Read more

Nancy Funari was another outstanding athlete, and then coach.  Funari was a player on 3 State Championship teams in high school.  Coach Funari started the softball program at Carl Hayden High School in 1975 and continued until 2000.  Coach Funari's Lady Falcons were the 5A State Softball...Read more

Ron Davini has had an extraordinary career in baseball as a player and a coach.  Ron played his high school baseball in Anaheim, CA.  He went to Arizona State University, and, as a Sun Devil led his team to the NCAA baseball National Championship in 1967.  Davini was selected as the "Most...Read more

Ted Blake had some very good baseball teams at Greenway High School in the Glendale District.  Greenway's Demons won the 1981 and 1991 5A State Baseball Championships.  Two years later, in Class 4A, the Demons went 32-2 and won the State Championship game 20-0 over Flowing Wells.  Coach Blake...Read more

Larry Hughes coached many years at Tempe Corona Del Sol in the girls basketball program and the football program.  Coach Hughes Lady Aztecs won the Class 5A State Basketball Championship in 1993, 1994, and 2001.  His girls were also the State Runner-Up in 2002.  Coach Hughes was also a key...Read more

Steve Hudgens has spent his life in and around education and coaching in the rural areas of Arizona.  Coach Hudgens was the head basketball coach at Morenci and later in Clifton.  Coach Hudgens Morenci teams were the 2A State Champions in 1973 and 1975.  Morenci was also a Runner-Up in 1970.   ...Read more