Arizona Athletics

Jason Hisey’s Hire at CDO Makes It 35 Former Arizona Wildcats as Head Coaches

The recent hire of former Arizona pitcher Jason Hisey to be the head coach of Canyon del Oro’s baseball team, means 35 teams nationally are being led by former Wildcats.

Hisey, the former coach at Pima Community College who pitched for the Wildcats from 1988 to 1991, is now the lone high school baseball coach who played at Arizona.

Jason Hisey during his playing days with Arizona in 1990.

In all, five former Arizona baseball players are coaching or managing a team, including Terry Francona of the AL Central champion Cleveland Indians. Others are Shelley Duncan, who just completed his first season as manager at the Double-A level with Jackson (Miss.), Bill Kinneberg at the University of Utah and Tod Brown at North Dakota State.

The following is a list of the 35 former Arizona athletes who presently are head coaches:

FORMER ARIZONA ATHLETES AS CURRENT HEAD COACHES

High school boy’s basketball (2)

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Men’s college basketball (4)

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Men’s professional basketball (3)

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High school baseball (1)

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College baseball (2)

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Professional baseball (2)

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Women’s college basketball (2)

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High school football (8)

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College football (1)

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College softball (4)

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High school softball (4)

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High school soccer (1)

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College women’s tennis (1)

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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