Sahuaro coach Steve Botkin, whose 521 wins in 23 years tops all girls basketball coaches in the history of the sport in Tucson, will be honored by the Phoenix Mercury as their “Coach of the Game” in an upcoming game at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Botkin, 50, will serve as “Coach of the Game” when the Mercury host the Atlanta Dream on Friday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. Botkin, his family and his team will attend the pregame warmups, and he will be recognized at center court before the game tips off.
“I am honored to be selected by the Phoenix Mercury as the coach of the game,” Botkin commented. “I am equally honored to share this experience with my family, my basketball team and coaching staff. The best part will be having the girls watch warmups and a WNBA game in person.”
The Southern Arizona coach with the next amount of wins is former Marana coach Mike Dyer with 337. Former Sahuaro coach Jim Scott, one of Botkin’s mentors along with late coaching legend Dick McConnell, had 333 wins.
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