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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

Roy Fenton was recognized by his alma mater Eastern Illinois University as the Outstanding Educator in the 2010 alumni awards.  Fenton spent his career at Dysart High School on Phoenix west side coaching primarily track.  Fenton's dual track meet recored was an unbelievable 144-4.  His Dysart...Read more

Coach Sharon Austerman began her unparalled coaching career when she started the volleyball program at Cortez High School in 1969.  She subsequently served as Cortez' head coach for 28 years.  Her teams posted 402 wins for a winning percentage of nearly 75%, qualified for the state tournament 27...Read more

John Gleeson has the rare distinction of having two baseball fields that bear his name.  Coach Gleeson led the Salpointe Lancers for most of the 1960's and personally built most of the baseball complex while also developing winning teams.  In 1969 Gleeson moved over to Flowing Wells High School...Read more

Cliff Myrick starred for Tucson High School's Badgers baseball team (batting average .533)  when they won the 5A State Title in 1945. Myrick went on to star in American Legion Baseball at the National level before coming back to Tucson to play for Frank Sancet at the University of Arizona. ...Read more

Carol Jurn coached Volleyball and Tennis at Buckeye High School for over 20 years.  Carol is among a number of Buckeye Hall of Famers, but the first woman on that list.  Coach Jurn's Lady Hawks were the State Class 3A Girl's Tennis Champions in 1990.  Her 1986 and 1991 teams were the State...Read more

Cherry Roberds has coached girls sports at Miami High School for over 30 years.  Coach Roberds was the 5th female coach inducted into the Hall of Fame.  Cherry Roberds record is amazing.  Her Lady Vandal tennis teams have won 19 Class 3A State Tennis Championships during her tenure.  They once...Read more

Coach George Genung is another of our lifetime Arizona bred educators and athletes.  Genung was a graduate of Tucson High School in 1940 and a star in 3 sports; baseball, basketball, and swimming.  George is a member of the Tucson High School Hall of Fame.  Coach Genung attended the University...Read more

Nancy Ellis was the sixth woman coach in the state of Arizona to be selected to the Hall of Fame.  Nancy was a member of the first Arizona State University Softball team in 1967.  After playing 4 sports and graduating at ASU, Ellis went to California to coach at Orange High School.  Her girls at...Read more

Charlie Esquivel was an outstanding football coach.  Charlie Esquivel was an outstanding golf coach.  The Hall of Fame Committee chose to recognize him in both sports.  Coach Esquivel's Joseph City Wildcats won the 1979 State 1A golf championship without a home golf course.  Esquivel moved on to...Read more

Coach Ben Arredondo's Mesa Jackrabbits beat Sunnyside High School for the 5A State Wrestling Championship in 1977.  That was the first year the AIA held a bracketed state meet.Read more