Tucson High School Sports

Daryl Jones Out as Tucson High School’s Boys Basketball Coach After One Season


Daryl Jones, who coached Tucson High School to a 19-9 record and a first-round win in the 6A state tournament, will not be retained by the school after coaching the Badgers for only one season.

Tucson High has not issued a reason for the move.

Darryl Jones in his only season with Tucson was 19-9 (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Jones came to Tucson after coaching Santa Rita for two years. Before that, he was the girls basketball coach at Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix.

Jones coached Tucson to eight straight wins, including a first-round state playoff game at Scottsdale Chaparral, before losing at Chandler Hamilton in the second round of the 6A state tournament last month. The 19 wins for the Badgers are the most since 2014-15 when they went 20-10 under Daron Cross.

Cross coached the Badgers through the 2018-19 season before leaving to lead the Ironwood Ridge girls program this season.


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