The hiring of Jay Dobyns increases the number of former Arizona Wildcats as head coaches to 37 after another former Arizona standout — Brandon Sanders — resigned from his position at Pueblo High School.
Speculation exists that Sanders may coach at a different high school in Tucson or possibly join Kevin Sumlin’s staff at his alma mater. We should know the answer soon.
Dobyns, a Sahuaro grad who played at Arizona under the late Larry Smith from 1982 to 1984, is the third coach in Tanque Verde history with Jim Lawwill coaching from 2007-13 and Jeremiah Johnson from 2014-19. Dobyns faces a tall task: the Hawks went 0-10 this past season and have never won more than three games in a year.
After transferring from Arkansas to Arizona after his freshman season, Dobyns, a wide receiver, became an All-Pac-10 selection in 1983 and 1984.
Dobyns has been around the Salpointe football program for the last six years, as an assistant on the junior varsity team before joining the staff of former Lancer coach Dennis Bene this past season.
Dobyns is one of eight former Arizona football players who is presently a head coach.
— Former Arizona linebacker standout Marcus Bell coached Eagar Round Valley High School to its first state title in his nine years at the school, winning the 2A championship 34-28 last night over Phoenix Christian. Bell has a career record of 80-26 at Round Valley. He coached the school to state championship games in 2013, 2016 and 2018 but came up short.
Round Valley head football coach Marcus Bell joins us now on @1580TheFanatic! Round Valley won the 2A state championship over Phoenix Christian last night 34-28. It’s the Elk’s first state title since 1980! https://t.co/w8GPjJtg0b pic.twitter.com/2OVxuxTffX
“To be here this many times and finally do it (win), it’s awesome,” Bell told the Arizona Republic. “But you got to give credit to those kids and our coaches. We have a great coaching staff. We’ve stuck together for eight years since we’ve been doing this and it’s paid off. It’s just great.”
— The two former Arizona women’s basketball players now coaching — Maryland’s Brenda Frese and Arizona’s Adia Barnes — have each of their teams ranked in the AP Top 25. Frese’s Terrapins are rated No. 9 while Barnes’ Wildcats are No. 20.
Damon Stoudamire has Pacific out to an 8-3 start. People need to appreciate how hard of a job Pacific is. Damon clearly has the tools to be a successful high major head coach.
— Arizona hoops legend Damon Stoudamire has coached Pacific to an 8-3 start with one of the losses a triple-overtime defeat against Boise State at home on Nov. 23. The Tigers’ record marks the program’s best start since the 2013-14 season, when they posted a 9-2 record through the first 11 games of non-conference play.
— Mike Bibby is off to an 8-1 start at Hillcrest Academy in Phoenix. How much of an impact did Bibby have on Phoenix Shadow Mountain’s program? Six of his former players are on Division I rosters.
FORMER ARIZONA ATHLETES WHO ARE HEAD COACHESList of head coaches of various sports and different levels who competed at Arizona.
|Amy Baray-Rocha||1999||Salpointe Catholic HS||Softball||2015|
|Adia Barnes||1995-99||Arizona||Women's hoops||2016|
|Marcus Bell||1996-99||Eagar Round Valley HS||Football||2011|
|Matt Brase||2003-05||Haiti National Team||Men's hoops||2017|
|Robert Bonillas||1995-98||Desert View HS||Football||2012|
|Tod Brown||1990-94||North Dakota State||Baseball||2007|
|Jackie Coburn||2002-05||Scottsdale Horizon HS||Softball||2013|
|Sue Darling||1978-82||Catalina Foothills HS||Girls hoops||2017|
|Jay Dobyns||1982-84||Tanque Verde HS||Football||2020|
|Terry Francona||1977-80||Cleveland Indians||MLB||2013|
|Brenda Frese||1989-93||Maryland||Women's hoops||2002|
|Jason Hisey||1988-91||Canyon del Oro HS||Baseball||2019|
|Krista Humphreys||1993-96||Corona (CA) Centennial HS||Softball||2015|
|Stacey Iveson||1986-89||Israel National Team||Softball||2019|
|Mark Keel||1979-82||Silverdale (WA) Central Kitsap HS||Football||2000|
|Steve Kerr||1983-88||Golden State Warriors||NBA||2014|
|Michael Klyce||2004-08||Los Angeles Locke HS||Football||2017|
|David Landrith||1980-83||Pusch Ridge HS||Baseball||2019|
|Hunter Long||2013-15||Douglas HS||Football||2019|
|Michael Lopez||2009-12||Big Spring (TX) Howard JC||Baseball||2020|
|Paige Maggio||2013-16||Mountain View HS||Girls soccer||2018|
|Jennifer Martinez||2008-09||Abraham Baldwin (GA) JC||Softball||2017|
|Scott McKee||1999-02||Sahuaro HS||Football||2009|
|Craig McMillan||1984-88||Santa Rosa (CA) JC||Men's hoops||2000|
|Richard Mercado||2002-04||Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei HS||Baseball||2019|
|Leighton Milton||1992-93||Hollywood (CA) HS||Football||2020|
|Edwin Mulitalo||1995-98||Southern Virginia||Football||2018|
|Ronnie Palmer||2005-08||Monterrey Peninsula (CA) JC||Football||2020|
|Josh Pastner||1996-00||Georgia Tech||Men's hoops||2016|
|Jody Pruitt||1990-93||Peoria Sunrise Mountain HS||Softball||2011|
|Rebekah Quiroz||2002||Pima CC||Softball||2019|
|Danielle Steinberg||2005-09||Colorado||Women's tennis||2018|
|Gina Snyder||2018-19||Manatee (FL) Squeeze||Softball||2020|
|Jason Stewart||1997-99||Encinitas (CA) San Dieguito HS||Boys hoops||2014|
|Damon Stoudamire||1992-95||Pacific||Men's hoops||2016|
|Luke Walton||1999-03||Sacramento Kings||NBA||2019|
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