(Andy Morales with Javier Morales)
The Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) posted the vacancy of the head football coaching position at Tucson High at noon on Friday, July 22 with the comment: “STIPEND to be prorated for days missed in the sports season due to late starts or early terminations.”
Richard Sanchez was hired to lead the Badgers in the spring of 2021 and he came with two state football championships at Sunnyside in 2001 and 2003. More recently, Sanchez coached the Santa Rita program the previous three years before moving over to Tucson High.
Sanchez took over at Tucson after Justin Argraves coached the Badgers for 10 years and compiled a 56-50 record. Argraves was hired by Cienega after Pat Nugent left that program to become the coach at Mica Mountain.
Sanchez went 1-9 in 2021-2022 with a career record of 162-86, which was the active career leading total. Nugent (141-60) now leads active coaches with Matt Johnson (124-73) coming in next.
The Badgers moved from the 6A Conference to the 5A Southern Region this fall to compete with Buena, Cienega, Desert View, Ironwood Ridge and Mountain View. Tucson’s first game of the season is Sept. 2 against Dobson at home.
The job posting added:
“Promote sportsmanship and foster good character in student athletes. Provide for the safety and welfare of all participants. Supervise students in practice areas, locker rooms, buses and at all times during the season. Exercise patience, tolerance and diplomacy in relations with all players, parents, co-workers, contest officials and spectators. Interscholastic activities are an extension of the classroom and as such, your actions, behavior and interactions with our student athletes should be reflective of this.”