Update: Former Arizona Wildcats who are head coaches now totals 38

Former CDO and Arizona standout Shelley Duncan is in his first season as manager of the New York Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He last managed for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Double-A team in Jackson, Miss., in 2018.

The number of former Arizona athletes who are active head coaches that went to more than 40 in recent years is still at a strong 38.

Some of those coaches who are no longer head coaches include basketball players Josh Pastner (Georgia Tech) and Miles Simon (Los Angeles Lakers’ G-League team), softball players Candace Abrams (Clarendon, Texas, Junior College), Amy Baray-Rocha (Salpointe) and Jody Pruitt (Phoenix Sunrise Mountain High School) and tennis player Danielle Steinberg (Colorado).

Recent additions include Colt Sedbrook (former captain at Arizona who played from 2006 to 2008 hired at Crown College in Minnesota on July 1), Damon Stoudamire (back to being a college head coach at Georgia Tech), Matt Brase (Pallacanestro Varese pro team in Italy) and Shelley Duncan (hired by the New York Yankees this season to manage their Triple-A affiliate at Scranton/Wilkes-Barr, Pa.).

Six are currently managing baseball teams this summer:

Casey Candaele, Toronto Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate at Buffalo

Clark Crist, Pulaski (Va.) of the Appalachian League

Shelley Duncan, New York Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.)

Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians

Jack Howell, Los Angeles Angels’ Single-A affiliate at Tri-City (Wash.)

Rafael Valenzuela, Tampa Bay Rays’ Single-A affiliate at Bowling Green (Ky.).


List of head coaches of various sports and different levels who competed at Arizona. Compiled by AllSportsTucson.com.
NameUATeam SportStart
Adia Barnes1995-99ArizonaWomen's hoops2016
Heidi Bomberger-Bruschi1993-97Attleboro (MA) Feehan HSVolleyball 2020
Matt Brase2003-05Pallacanestro Varese (Italy)Men's hoops2022
Robert Bonillas1995-98Desert View HSFootball2012
Tod Brown1990-94New MexicoBaseball2022
Casey Candaele1979-82Buffalo (AAA) Blue JaysBaseball2021
Jackie Coburn2002-05Scottsdale Horizon HSSoftball2013
Clark Crist1977-80Pulaski (VA) River TurtlesBaseball2021
Debby Day1989-91Cal-LutheranSoftball2002
Shelley Duncan1999-2001Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) YankeesBaseball2023
Byron Evans 1983-86South Mountain HSFootball2020
Terry Francona1977-80Cleveland IndiansMLB2013
Tanya Farhat-Villarreal1994-97West Bend (WI) Slinger HSSoftball2015
Brenda Frese1989-93MarylandWomen's hoops2002
Kristie Fox2004-07UNLVSoftball2017
Margo Geer2011-14AlabamaSwimming/Diving2020
Chip Hale 1984-87ArizonaBaseball 2022
Jason Hisey1988-91Canyon del Oro HSBaseball2019
Jack Howell1983Tri-City (A) AngelsBaseball2021
Krista Humphreys1993-96Corona (CA) Centennial HSSoftball2015
Mark Keel1979-82Silverdale (WA) Central Kitsap HSFootball2000
Steve Kerr1983-88Golden State WarriorsNBA2014
Andy Litten1999-03Scottsdale Horizon HSFootball2021
Hunter Long2013-15Douglas HSFootball2019
Caitlin Lowe2004-07Arizona Softball2022
Brandon Manumaleuna1997-00Lawndale (CA) Leuzinger HSFootball2020
Jennifer Martinez-Walls2008-09Abraham Baldwin (GA) JCSoftball2017
Craig McMillan1984-88Santa Rosa (CA) JCMen's hoops2000
Richard Mercado2002-04Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei HSBaseball2019
Leighton Milton1992-93Hollywood (CA) HSFootball2020
Edwin Mulitalo1995-98Southern VirginiaFootball2018
Ronnie Palmer2005-08Monterrey Peninsula (CA) JCFootball2020
Jose Portilla1996-97Heritage AcademyFootball2017
Rebekah Quiroz2002Pima CCSoftball2019
Colt Sedbrook2006-08Crown College (MN)Baseball2024
Jason Stewart1997-99Encinitas (CA) San Dieguito HSBoys hoops2014
Damon Stoudamire1992-95Georgia TechMen's hoops2023
Rafael Valenzuela2008-10Bowling Green (A) RaysBaseball2023


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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