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Arizona Wildcats with second-most ex-players coaching/managing NFL, MLB or NBA teams

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MOST EX-PLAYERS LEADING NFL, MLB AND NBA TEAMS

School NBA MLB NFL Total
California Jason Kidd/Milwaukee Bryan Price/Cincinnati Ron Rivera/Carolina 4
Bob Melvin/Oakland
Arizona Steve Kerr/Golden State Terry Francona/Cleveland 3
Chip Hale/Arizona
Arizona State Byron Scott/L.A. Lakers 2
Lionel Hollins/Brooklyn
Michigan Mike Matheny/St. Louis Jim Harbaugh/San Francisco 2
Minnesota Kevin McHale/Houston 2
Flip Saunders/Minnesota
Oklahoma State John Farrell/Boston 2
Robin Ventura/Chicago White Sox
Princeton David Blatt/Cleveland Jason Garrett/Dallas 2
San Diego State Bud Black/San Diego John Fox/Denver 2
Syracuse Doug Marrone/Buffalo 2
Tom Coughlin/N.Y. Giants
Virginia Rick Carlisle/Dallas Mike Pettine/Cleveland 2

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Chip Hale, now the Arizona Diamondbacks manager, is the UA's equivalent of Cal Ripken Jr.

Chip Hale, now the Arizona Diamondbacks manager, is the UA’s equivalent of Cal Ripken Jr.

With the hiring of former Arizona Wildcats All-American Chip Hale as Arizona Diamondbacks manager, the university has the second-most former players leading Major League Baseball, NBA and NFL teams.

Arizona trails only California, which boasts Jason Kidd (Milwaukee) in the NBA, Bryan Price (Cincinnati) and Bob Melvin (Oakland) in MLB and Ron Rivera (Carolina) in the NFL.

Hale joins Arizona greats Steve Kerr (Golden State in the NBA) and Terry Francona (Cleveland Indians manager) as former Arizona players at the highest rank in NBA, MLB and NFL.

Hale, a San Jose, Calif., native who resides in Tucson, holds the Arizona hits record with 337. He also holds the distinction of playing all 255 games of his career from 1984-87, which is also the record for most consecutive games played.

“It is an amazing record that Chip never missed a game,” Arizona Hall of Fame coach Jerry Kindall told Corky Simpson of the Tucson Citizen in 2003, when Hale was named manager of the Tucson Sidewinders. “Not for sickness or anything else, and certainly not for academic reasons.”

Hale, who was Oakland’s bench coach, has the impressive backing of Arizona chief baseball officer, Tony La Russa, the retired Hall of Fame manager. La Russa fired general manager Kevin Towers in September and replaced by him with former 20-game winner Dave Stewart, whom he managed at Oakland. De Jon Watson was hired from the Los Angeles Dodgers as senior vice president/baseball operations.

Kirk Gibson was fired with three games left in a season in which the Diamondbacks finished a big league-worst 64-98.

Hale emerged from an initial list of nine candidates. He spent parts of seven seasons with Minnesota and the Dodgers during a 12-year playing career.

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CHIP HALE’S RECORDS AT ARIZONA
Games Played
Career: 255, Chip Hale, 1984-87 (All starts)
Career (Pac-12): 120, Chip Hale, 1984-87
Consecutive: 255, Chip Hale, 1984-87
At-bats
Career (Pac-12): 466, Chip Hale, 1984-87
Runs
Career (Pac-12): 117, Chip Hale, 1984-87
Hits
Season (Pac-12): 52, Terry Francona, 1979; Chip Hale, 1987;
Robbie Moen, 1993
Career: 337, Chip Hale, 1984-87
Career (Pac-12): 164, Chip Hale, 1984-87
Base on balls
Career: 162, Chip Hale, 1984-87
Sacrifice flies
Season: 10, Chip Hale, 1986; Alan Zinter, 1989
Freshman (Pac-12): 4, Chip Hale, 1984; Billy Owens, 1990
Career: 21, Chip Hale, 1984-87
Career (Pac-12): 9, Chip Hale, 1984-87; John Tejcek, 1990-93;
Jeff Gjerde, 1994-97
Total bases
Season (Pac-12): 90, Chip Hale, 1987
Career: 507, Chip Hale, 1984-87
Career (Pac-12): 240, Chip Hale, 1984-87

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Kindall told Simpson in the 2003 interview that he once envisioned Hale as a college coach, perhaps at Arizona.

“I coveted Chip for college coaching,” Kindall said. “With his ability, his enthusiasm, his philosophy and leadership, he would have been a great college coach.”

Hale’s hiring as Diamondbacks manager comes three days after former Arizona teammate Kevin Long was fired as the New York Yankees’ hitting coach after starting there in 2007.

The Red Sox are reportedly looking at Long to fill their hitting coach spot. Might Hale look to Long to join his staff? The introductory press conference is at 2 p.m. today.

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TOTAL LIST OF SCHOOLS WITH ALUMS COACHING/MANAGING NFL, NBA OR MLB TEAMS

School NBA MLB NFL Total
Air Force Greg Popovich/San Antonio 1
ARIZONA Steve Kerr/Golden State Terry Francona/Cleveland 3
Chip Hale/Arizona
Arizona State Byron Scott/L.A. Lakers 2
Lionel Hollins/Brooklyn
Ark-Little Rock Derek Fisher/New York 1
Baker Mike McCarthy/Green Bay 1
Boston University Brett Brown/Philadelphia 1
Brigham Young Andy Reid/Kansas City 1
Brown Bill O'Brien/Houston 1
California Jason Kidd/Milwaukee Bryan Price/Cincinnati Ron Rivera/Carolina 4
Bob Melvin/Oakland
Cal-Irvine Scott Brooks/Oklahoma City 1
Cal-Santa Barbara Brian Shaw/Denver 1
DePauw Brad Stevens/Boston 1
Duke Quin Snyder/Utah 1
Eastern Illinois Sean Payton/New Orleans 1
Eastern Michigan Terry Collins/N.Y. Mets 1
East Tennessee State Mike Smith/Atlanta 1
Georgia Tech Ken Whisenhunt/Tennessee 1
Gonzaga Mike Redmond/Miami 1
Idaho State Marvin Lewis/Cincinnati 1
Illinois State Mike Zimmer/Minnesota 1
Indiana Randy Wittman/Washington 1
Iowa Jim Caldwell/Detroit 1
Iowa State Jeff Hornacek/Phoenix 1
Juniata College Frank Vogel/Indiana 1
Kansas Jacque Vaughn/Orlando 1
Kentucky Dwayne Casey/Toronto 1
Lafayette Joe Maddon/Tampa Bay 1
Louisville Jay Gruden/Washington 1
Loyola (Md.) Michael Malone/Sacramento 1
Maine-Farmington Steve Clifford/Charlotte 1
Marquette Doc Rivers/L.A. Clippers 1
Miami (Ohio) John Harbaugh/Baltimore 1
Michigan Mike Matheny/St. Louis Jim Harbaugh/San Francisco 2
Minnesota Kevin McHale/Houston 2
Flip Saunders/Minnesota
Minnesota State-Moorhead Marc Trestman/Chicago 1
Mississippi State Buck Showalter/Baltimore 1
Moorhead State David Joerger/Memphis 1
Nevada-Las Vegas Matt Williams/Washington 1
New Hampshire Chip Kelly/Philadelphia 1
New Haven Tony Sparano/Oakland 1
North Carolina Walt Weiss/Colorado 1
North Dakota State Gus Bradley/Jacksonville 1
Northwestern Joe Girardi/N.Y. Yankees 1
Notre Dame Monty Williams/New Orleans 1
Oklahoma Terry Stotts/Portland 1
Oklahoma State John Farrell/Boston 2
Robin Ventura/Chicago White Sox
Pacific Pete Carroll/Seattle 1
Pomona College Mike Budenholzer/Atlanta 1
Portland Erik Spoelstra/Miami 1
Princeton David Blatt/Cleveland Jason Garrett/Dallas 2
Salem State Tom Thibodeau/Chicago 1
San Diego State Bud Black/San Diego John Fox/Denver 2
Southwestern Oklahoma State Rex Ryan/N.Y. Jets 1
Stanford A.J. Hinch/Houston 1
SUNY-Brockport Stan Van Gundy/Detroit 1
Syracuse Doug Marrone/Buffalo 2
Tom Coughlin/N.Y. Giants
Tulsa Lovie Smith/Tampa Bay 1
UCLA Ron Roenicke/Milwaukee 1
USC Jeff Fisher/St. Louis 1
Utah Mike McCoy/San Diego 1
Valparaiso Lloyd McClendon/Seattle 1
Virginia Rick Carlisle/Dallas Mike Pettine/Cleveland 2
Virginia Tech Bruce Arians/Arizona 1
Wesleyan Bill Belichick/New England 1
William & Jefferson Joe Philbin/Miami 1
William & Mary Mike Tomlin/Pittsburgh 1
Wyoming Chuck Pagano/Indianapolis 1

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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