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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

C.A. "Mont" Griffiths led the Class 1A Fredonia Lynx to State Football Titles in 3 different decades.  Coach Griffiths coached over 30 years in this remote Arizona town just across the border from Kanab, Utah (check the photo--the Lynx are walking out to practice in Fredonia).  The Lynx were the...Read more

Argie Rhymes is one of the few Arizona prep basketball coaches with 600+ victories Only 4 coaches have reached that total (Sam Duane, Gary Ernst, and Dick McConnell--all Hall of Famers) are the others.  Argie was the head coach at Phoenix Union until they closed their doors in 1982.  He moved...Read more

Tom Wheatley was an outstanding high school football coach in the West Valley area of Phoenix for 20 years.  Coach Wheatley was well known for his work ethic and attention to detail.  His assistant coaches would often be asleep on his couch watching weekend film.  All the hard work paid off. ...Read more

Barbara Stauffer was one of the pioneers in small school girls athletics back in the early years following Title IX.  Coach Stauffer was one of the best small school volleyball coaches in Arizona in the 1970's and 1980's.  She began her career in Duncan where her Lady Wildkats were the 2A Class...Read more

Jerry Dawson is a baseball coach's baseball coach.  His record is one many aspire to equal, if possible.  Jerry was the head baseball coach at Scottsdale Chaparral for 37 years when he stepped down in 2010.  Coach Dawson leaves behind a state leading 773 victories against only 301 defeats. ...Read more

The Duane family has led Tempe Union and Corona del Sol High Schools to decades of excellence in Arizona prep basketball history.  Father and son have led young men in the Tempe District to court excellence for almost 50 years.  Sam Duane Sr. had a remarkable career leading the Tempe Buffalos to...Read more

Bobby Gonzalo coached wrestling for over 35 years at Peoria High School.  His Panthers built a 178-38-2 record during Gonzalo's tenure.  Coach Gonzalo led his boys following the wise old adage, "don't curse the darkness, light the candle."  The 1998 Peoria Panthers won a whopping 465 matches,...Read more

Valorie McKenzie was the head volleyball coach at Horizon High School since they opened the doors in 1980.  Her Huskies were the State 5A Champions in 2009, 2010, and 2012.  The Huskies were the State Runners-Up in 2000, and 2011.  Coach McKenzie has been honored by being the National Coaches...Read more

Paul Williams has been a very successful girls track coach at Cactus High School for over 20 years.  Coach Williams has led his Lady Cobras to five 4A State Track Titles (1987, 1999, 2000, 2007, and 2008).  Williams' teams were the State Runners-Up twice (2005, 2008), and third in the state meet...Read more

Nick Karantinos was the head wrestling coach at Mesa Red Mountain High School in the 1990's and 2000's.  His Mountain Lions won the Arizona State 5A Team Title in 1994.  His teams won 5 other region championships during his tenure.  Coach Karantinos dual meet record was an amazing 442-88-1. ...Read more

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