AZ INJURY LAW PODCAST: Sahuaro coaching legend Steve Botkin approaching 600 career wins

Steve Botkin is five wins shy of reaching his 600th career victory as a head coach (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Sahuaro girls basketball coach Steve Botkin stands five victories away from his 600th career win as a head coach entering Wednesday night’s game at home against Marana.

The Cougars are 5-0 this season, putting Botkin at 595-188 in his 28 years overall as a head coach. He was 107-66 in six seasons at Rincon/University before hired at his alma mater Sahuaro entering the 2001-02 season.

That means his record at Sahuaro is 488-122, putting him on course for another coaching milestone this season — his 500th win leading the Cougar program.

Arizona Girls Basketball Career Coaching Victory Leaders

*Active head coach
Miner WebsterHighland30816-154
*Karen SelfSeton Catholic31780-156
Don PetranovichWinslow33780-158
Larry MooreRiver Valley/Seton51604-384
*Steve BotkinSahuaro/Rincon-UHS28595-188

The 54-year-old Botkin is also Sahuaro’s athletic director.

Botkin comments in AllSportsTucson.com’s latest podcast on a myriad of topics including approaching the 600 career-win milestone, his duties as athletic director, coaching Alyssa Brown (now a standout at UNLV), his background that includes being a high school sports stringer for The Arizona Daily Star after he graduated from Sahuaro, his promising Cougar team this season and the arduous task of competing in a 4A Kino region that includes formidable teams Salpointe, Pueblo, Flowing Wells and CDO.


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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