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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:


High school boy’s basketball (2)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Mike Bibby 1996-98 Phoenix Shadow Mountain 2014
Jason Stewart 1997-99 Encinitas (CA) San Dieguito 2014

Men’s college basketball (4)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Jason Gardner 1999-03 IUPUI 2014
Craig McMillan 1984-88 Santa Rosa (CA) JC 2000
Josh Pastner 1996-00 Georgia Tech 2016
Damon Stoudamire 1992-95 Pacific 2016

Men’s professional basketball (3)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Matt Brase 2003-05 Rio Grande (D-League) 2015
Steve Kerr 1983-88 Golden State (NBA) 2014
Luke Walton 1999-03 L.A. Lakers (NBA) 2016

High school baseball (1)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Jason Hisey 1988-91 CDO 2019

College baseball (2)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Tod Brown 1990-94 North Dakota State 2007
Bill Kinneberg 1979-80 Utah 2005

Professional baseball (2)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Shelley Duncan 1999-01 Class AA Jackson (MS) 2018
Terry Francona 1977-80 Cleveland (MLB) 2013

Women’s college basketball (2)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Brenda Frese 1989-93 Maryland 2002
Adia Barnes 1995-99 Arizona 2016

High school football (8)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Marcus Bell 1996-99 Eager Round Valley 2011
Robert Bonillas 1995-98 Desert View 2012
John Brandom 1986-89 Riverside (CA) Hillcrest 2015
Mark Keel 1979-82 Silverdale (WA) Central Kitsap 2000
Michael Klyce 2004-08 Los Angeles Locke 2017
Scott McKee 1999-02 Sahuaro 2009
Clarence McRae 2003-04 Mountain View 2012
Brandon Sanders 1995-98 Pueblo 2014

College football (1)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Edwin Mulitalo 1995-98 Southern Virginia 2018

College softball (4)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Debby Day 1989-91 Cal-Lutheran 2002
Kristie Fox 2004-07 UNLV 2017
Jennifer Martinez 2008-09 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 2017
Rebekah Quiroz 2002 Pima Community College 2019

High school softball (4)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Amy Baray-Rocha 1999 Salpointe 2015
Jackie Coburn 2002-05 Scottsdale Horizon 2013
Krista Humphreys 1993-96 Corona (Calif.) Centennial 2015
Jody Pruitt 1990-93 Peoria Sunrise Mountain 2011

High school soccer (1)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Alex Davis 2003-07 Flowing Wells 2011

College women’s tennis (1)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Danielle Steinberg 2005-09 Kansas State 2014

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! 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, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, 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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