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.).
FORMER ARIZONA ATHLETES WHO ARE HEAD COACHESList of head coaches of various sports and different levels who competed at Arizona. Compiled by AllSportsTucson.com.
|Adia Barnes||1995-99||Arizona||Women's hoops||2016|
|Heidi Bomberger-Bruschi||1993-97||Attleboro (MA) Feehan HS||Volleyball||2020|
|Matt Brase||2003-05||Pallacanestro Varese (Italy)||Men's hoops||2022|
|Robert Bonillas||1995-98||Desert View HS||Football||2012|
|Tod Brown||1990-94||New Mexico||Baseball||2022|
|Casey Candaele||1979-82||Buffalo (AAA) Blue Jays||Baseball||2021|
|Jackie Coburn||2002-05||Scottsdale Horizon HS||Softball||2013|
|Clark Crist||1977-80||Pulaski (VA) River Turtles||Baseball||2021|
|Shelley Duncan||1999-2001||Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) Yankees||Baseball||2023|
|Byron Evans||1983-86||South Mountain HS||Football||2020|
|Terry Francona||1977-80||Cleveland Indians||MLB||2013|
|Tanya Farhat-Villarreal||1994-97||West Bend (WI) Slinger HS||Softball||2015|
|Brenda Frese||1989-93||Maryland||Women's hoops||2002|
|Jason Hisey||1988-91||Canyon del Oro HS||Baseball||2019|
|Jack Howell||1983||Tri-City (A) Angels||Baseball||2021|
|Krista Humphreys||1993-96||Corona (CA) Centennial HS||Softball||2015|
|Mark Keel||1979-82||Silverdale (WA) Central Kitsap HS||Football||2000|
|Steve Kerr||1983-88||Golden State Warriors||NBA||2014|
|Andy Litten||1999-03||Scottsdale Horizon HS||Football||2021|
|Hunter Long||2013-15||Douglas HS||Football||2019|
|Brandon Manumaleuna||1997-00||Lawndale (CA) Leuzinger HS||Football||2020|
|Jennifer Martinez-Walls||2008-09||Abraham Baldwin (GA) JC||Softball||2017|
|Craig McMillan||1984-88||Santa Rosa (CA) JC||Men's hoops||2000|
|Richard Mercado||2002-04||Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei HS||Baseball||2019|
|Leighton Milton||1992-93||Hollywood (CA) HS||Football||2020|
|Edwin Mulitalo||1995-98||Southern Virginia||Football||2018|
|Ronnie Palmer||2005-08||Monterrey Peninsula (CA) JC||Football||2020|
|Jose Portilla||1996-97||Heritage Academy||Football||2017|
|Rebekah Quiroz||2002||Pima CC||Softball||2019|
|Colt Sedbrook||2006-08||Crown College (MN)||Baseball||2024|
|Jason Stewart||1997-99||Encinitas (CA) San Dieguito HS||Boys hoops||2014|
|Damon Stoudamire||1992-95||Georgia Tech||Men's hoops||2023|
|Rafael Valenzuela||2008-10||Bowling Green (A) Rays||Baseball||2023|
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