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Sabino volleyball coach Amy Johnson moves into third place with win No. 671

Amy Johnson (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

It’s been six years since Amy Johnson called an offense, but the former Salpointe volleyball coach returned to the sidelines with an important victory Tuesday night.

Released from her contract in 2013 after 13 years of coaching the Lancers, Sabino hired Johnson to take over the girl’s program over the summer and she led the Sabercats to a 3-2 (25-14, 22-25, 25-13, 16-25, 15-10) win over Catalina Foothills in her first match back. The win gives Johnson 671 career wins which puts her in a tie with legendary Rincon coach Juanita Kingston in third place in the history of Southern Arizona.

Johnson needs two more wins to tie former Sahuaro coach Sandy Novak and she’s in striking distance of the dean of Southern Arizona, Bill Lang of Ironwood Ridge.

Current Salpointe girls coach Heather Moore-Martin has 496 career wins but she is the most successful with four state championships and two runner-up finishes.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA RECORDS

Bill Lang, Ironwood Ridge (Active)
676-371 (1,047)
458: Girls (2 runner-up)
218: Boys

Sandy Novak, Sahuaro
673-203 (876)
402: Girls (2 runner-up)
269: Boys (1 championship & 1 runner-up)

Juanita Kingston, Rincon/UHS
671-301 (972)
455: Girls (1 championship & 1 runner-up)
216: Boys (1 runner-up)

Amy Johnson, Salpointe, Sabino (Active)
671-187-36 (894)
324: Girls
347: Boys (2 runner-up)

Melva Lundy, Canyon del Oro
592-234 (826)
(1 championship with the boys & 3 runner-up with the boys)
(unknown breakdown)

Heather Moore-Martin, Green Fields, Catalina & Salpointe (Active)
496-163 (659)
277: Girls (2 championships & 2 runner-up)
214: Boys (2 championships)

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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