The late Dick Tomey, who coached Pueblo coach Brandon Sanders when Sanders was a member of the Desert Swarm defense in the early 1990’s, will be honored this season on the Warriors’ field.
The initials D.T. are painted on to the field for the legendary Arizona coach, who passed away in May at age 80.
Sanders, whose team opens its season tonight at home against Tucson High, posted this photo of the field on social media with the caption: “Warriors are ready boss”:
Tomey visited Pueblo often to talk with the student-athletes about life in general.
Pueblo will honor another legendary figure — Saturnino “Curly” Santa Cruz — when it dedicates its football field in his name on Sept. 13 before the game against Cholla.
A 1962 Pueblo graduate, Santa Cruz was inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. He was the recipient of the Tucson Conquistadores “Outstanding Achievement Award” and the NOSOTROS “Community Service Award.”
He has won numerous “Teacher of the Year” awards and “Coach of the Year” honors.
In 1988, he was named “Coach of the Year” by the Tucson Citizen and Arizona Daily Star for coaching the only unbeaten Pueblo football team in the school’s history.
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