Championship baseball coach Shane Folsom to lead Mica Mountain

Shane Folsom. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Mica Mountain announced the hiring of Shane Folsom to lead the Thunderbolts baseball team. Folsom led Sabino to 3A state championships in 2019 and 2021. There were no playoffs in 2020 due to COVID precautions and the team ended that season 9-0.

“I am excited to take over this new program,” Folsom told AllSportsTucson. “I enjoyed my time at Sabino but this is a great opportunity and challenge for me to take on. I am grateful for the opportunity to take Mica Mountain baseball to the next level.”

Folsom (121-100) coached at Catalina for six seasons before moving over to Sabino in November of 2018.

Mica Mountain is slated to compete in the 4A Gila Region along with Amphitheater, Douglas, Rio Rico, Sahuarita and Walden Grove. This placement will hold for at least two years. Sabino will compete in the 3A South Region.


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and he earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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