Ran track for University of Arizona, 1992 Olympic bronze medalist in the 200 meter dash. Five time Pro Bowl kick returner in his 11 year NFL career .
He was born in Eglin AFB, Florida. He played for the Cleveland Indians (1986–88), Pittsburgh Pirates (1989–96), Kansas City Royals (1997), Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–2002) and New York Mets (2003). He was most recently the bench coach for the Cincinnati Reds, and was the bench coach for the New Zealand national baseball team that competed in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
13 year NBA career, led Arizona to the 1997 NCAA Championship. Michael "Mike" Bibby is an American retired professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He attended Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Arizona. He led the University of Arizona to the 1997 NCAA Championship.
William "Bill" Bidwill
Became sole owner of Arizona Cardinals in 1972, Bidwill family bought franchise in 1932.
Paola Boivin is an award-winning sports columnist, who worked for The Arizona Republic for more than 20 years. She teaches in the Cronkite School’s growing sports journalism programs. She has won numerous awards from Associated Press Sports Editors and National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Michael Vincent Budenholzer, born in Holbrook, Arizona is the current head coach and president of basketball operations of the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Before joining Atlanta, Budenholzer spent 18 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, serving as a video coordinator for the first two seasons and then as an assistant coach under head coach Gregg Popovich.
Joe Caldwell is a retired American professional basketball player. He spent 6 seasons (1964–1970) in the NBA and 5 seasons (1970–1975) in the ABA, and was one of the few players to be an All-Star in both leagues. He was also a member of the United States Olympic basketball team that won the gold at the 1964 Summer Olympics. Joe played college basketball at Arizona State University.
Head softball coach at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He was the head coach of the United States women's national softball team in 2004, when Team USA won a gold medal, and in 2008, bringing home silver. His teams won 8 NCAA national championships.
Media personality Brad Cesmat first rose to fame in Southern California with the launching of "The Mighty 690" all-sports radio station in the late 1980's and early 90's. Brad came to Arizona in 1993 to begin a 10-year run at KTAR Radio followed by nine years at KTVK-TV in Phoenix. Brad is the Founder/CEO of Sports360AZ.com. His vision of multi-platform content marketing through sports began in September of 2011.
Thomas Doane Chambers is an American retired National Basketball Association (NBA) player. Known for his strong shooting and high-flying dunks, Chambers played professionally from 1981 to 1997. At 6'10", he played at the power forward position as a professional, and was selected to four NBA All-Star Games as a member of the Seattle SuperSonics and the Phoenix Suns.
Three-time Olympic weightlifter. National Champion shot and discuss thrower.
Longtime Valley sportscaster Tom Dillon, who was the voice of Arizona State University for 20 years. Dillon was named Arizona sportscaster of the year 17 times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He was the play-by-play man for the Arizona Cardinals for 12 years.
Played with the Arizona Coyotes for 21 seasons. Doan has won two (2) gold medals and three (3) silvers at the World Championships as well as one (1) World Cup championship in 2004.
Phoenix born, St. Mary's High School Arizona State University and Chandler-Gilbert Community College baseball, named one of the top Junior players in Arizona.
The President and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hall's leadership has helped guide the D-backs to two National League West Division Championships (2007, '11) and one NLCS (2007). In the community, Hall has positioned the D-backs as one of the largest philanthropic entities in the Valley. In 2017, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the D-backs' organization surpassed the $50 million mark in charitable giving since their inception in 1998, including nearly $40 million in the past 11 years under Hall's direction.
Gary Hall Jr.
Brophy College Prep, University of Texas Swimming, American swimmer who competed in the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics and won ten Olympic medals (five gold, three silver, two bronze).
Tucson Native, Jim Grabb is an American former professional tennis player. He was ranked the World No. 1 doubles player in 1989 and in 1993. Grabb's best singles ranking was World No. 24, a ranking he achieved in February 1990.
Tucson Native, member of the University of Arizona 1976 College World Series Champion and 1989 World Series Champion Oakland A's. Ron had a 14 Year MLB Career.
Carefree Arizona - Owns three PBA Tour titles including one major, both during the 2007-08 season…Waited 200 career events for his first title (Lake County Indiana Classic) and just nine for his second (H&R Block Tournament of Champions)…Had finished second twice prior to his first victory, in the 2001 Greater Louisville Open and the 60th U.S. Open in 2003…Has two top five finishes in 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons...Had four top 10 finishes in 2011-12...Won 2012-13 Mark Roth Classic by defeating Scott Norton in championship match 215-194 for third career Tour...Was first win since winning 2008 Tournament of Champions...Owns 17 PBA Regional titles and has earned $122,580 in regionals…PBA West Region Player of the Year in 1997
William Augustus Hatcher (born October 4, 1960) is a former left and center fielder in Major League Baseball player for the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers, and former first base coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Hatcher is currently the third base coach for the Reds. In 1979, Hatcher graduated from Williams High School in Williams, Arizona, where he had pitched an 11-inning no-hitter as a junior. Hatcher then played for Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Arizona, where he was a junior college All-America selection.
Richard Allen Jefferson is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was also a member of the USA men's national basketball team at the 2003 Tournament of the Americas and the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics. Went to Moon Valley High School and played at the University of Arizona.
Kajikawa began his coaching career at Arizona State in 1937 and retired from ASU in 1978. He began coaching the Arizona State Teacher's College freshman football team in 1937, when the players were known as the Bulldogs. During his tenure, Kajikawa watched the Bulldogs become the Sun Devils in 1946, and he saw his alma mater gain university status in 1958.
Before retiring in 1978, Kajikawa had worked as the freshman football coach under nine ASU head football coaches. In addition, he served as head basketball coach from 1948 to 1957, and he was head coach of ASU's club baseball team from 1947 to 1957. He was inducted into the Arizona Basketball Hall of Fame in 1968 and the ASU Hall of Distinction in 1982.
Retired NBA, currently holds the record as most accurate 3-point shooter in NBA history. Kerr is a 5-time NBA champion, winning 5 championships with the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs. Kerr coached the Golden State Warriors to NBA titles in 2015 and 2017
Attended Chaparral High School and led his team to a Class 4-A state championship. He was the #1 ranked catcher in the nation during his senior year and starred on the Chicago White Sox’ 2005 World Series title team. Konerko retired in 2014 after an 18-year Major League Baseball career.
Jennie Lynn Finch
UA softball player and former American softball player who pitched for the USA national softball team and the Chicago Bandits. Jennie helped lead Team USA to the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Daniel Lewis Majerle also known by the nickname "Thunder Dan", is a retired American professional basketball player and current coach of the Grand Canyon Antelopes. He played 14 years in the NBA, primarily with the Phoenix Suns, also with the Miami Heat and, briefly, the Cleveland Cavaliers. He won a bronze medal with the US national team at the 1988 Summer Olympics, and won a gold medal at the 1994 FIBA World Championship.
Philip Alfred Mickelson is an American professional golfer. He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles (2004, 2006, 2010), a PGA Championship and an Open Championship. Mickelson is one of 16 golfers in the history of the sport to win at least three of the four professional majors.The only major that has eluded him is the U.S. Open. Mickelson has finished runner-up in the U.S. Open a record six times. Mickelson has spent over 700 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking, has reached a career-high world ranking of 2nd several times and has a lifetime exemption on the PGA Tour. Mickelson is nicknamed "Lefty" for his left-handed swing, even though he is otherwise right-handed. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in May 2012.
Arizona Native, Owner of the Los AngelesAngels, Contributor to Youth Athletic Programs in the State of Arizona. Salesperson for a billboard company, 1973-84; became principal and chief executive officer of Outdoor Systems, Phoenix, AZ, 1984; owned share of the Salt Lake City Trappers, a Class A baseball team, 1985-92; original investor in the Arizona Diamondbacks, 1998; bought Anaheim Angels in 2003.
Patrick T. Murphy (born November 28, 1958) is an American baseball coach and manager. Murphy was hired by Arizona State University as the head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils baseball team in 1995. The Sun Devils won the Pac-10 Conference championship in 2000 and consecutive Pac-10 championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Twice in that same decade, Murphy had teams finish in the Top 3 in the country; a feat matched by only ten other schools.
ASU Graduate, MLB Boston Red Sox second baseman, 2007 AL Rookie of the year, Gold Glove in 2008, 2011, 2013 and finished with second overall batting average in AL in 2008.
Phoenix born silver medalist swimmer, 3 time record holder, Member of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
An American mixed martial artist fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he is a two-time and current UFC Heavyweight Champion. He is currently ranked the No. 1 heavyweight in the world by Sherdog. Raised in Yuma, Arizona where he attended and wrested at Kofa High School where he won two (2) 5A State Championships. Cain was a two-time All-American Wrestler at Arizona State University.
A wrestler who won the 2010-2011 NCAA individual wrestling championship in the 125-pound weight class despite being born with only one leg. He is the author of the book Unstoppable.
Tom Sadler joined the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority (AZSTA) as President and CEO in June of 2008. Under his leadership, AZSTA has delivered on the promise made to taxpayers who approved Prop. 302 to build University of Phoenix Stadium, enhancing Arizona’s economy and quality of life by attracting a slew of mega sporting events and funding the construction and renovation of Cactus League spring training facilities. Before he joined AZSTA, the majority of Sadler’s professional career was spent as a Division I collegiate athletics administrator. He worked for 20 years at Arizona State University and then spent three years at the University of Hawaii.
A former American football player in the NFL. Sparks graduated from Maryvale High School in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1987. He then attended and played football for Glendale Community College in Glendale, Arizona, from 1987 through 1989. Sparks played a key role on Glendale Community College's 1988 National Junior College Athletic Association national championship football team. He then attended Arizona State University, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He was drafted by the New York Giants as the 13th pick in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft. He played left cornerback opposite Jason Sehorn for six years and formed a talented defensive backfield tandem. He played for the Giants until 1999. In 2000, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys. Sparks announced his retirement on August 28, 2001, having played for nine seasons.
A highly accomplished NFL, SportsLine.com and Arizona Republic writer where he served as the paper's NFL writer since 1988-2000. Schoenfeld was president of the Pro Football Writers of America from 1997 - 1999 and had been a member since 1987, serving in various leadership positions. He had served as a correspondent for Sports Illustrated since 1981 including assignments for coverage of basketball and wrestling at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984.
Born in Fremont, California, attended Leland High School and Arizona State University. Played football at ASU and then was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. In June of 2002, enlisted in the United States Army where he joined the Army Rangers. He was the first professional football player to be killed in combat since Bob Kalsu.
Tina was a two time All American and in the fall of 2006 was inducted into ASU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Amongst her many accomplishments, in 1984, she was ranked among Golf Digest’s top 10 amateur golfers in the USA. In 1987, she qualified for the LPGA Tour and began a 17-year career with the LPGA Touring division. The highlight of her LPGA career was winning the 1990 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic. She posted a career round of 64 in the 1993 Sara Lee Classic where she lost the tournament in a 3-hole playoff and was runner-up. Tina currently is a golf instructor at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club.
Richard Hastings Tomey (born June 20, 1938) is an American football coach and former player. Tomey has served as the head football coach at the University of Hawaii (1977–1986), University of Arizona (1987–2000), and San Jose State University (2005–2009).
Amy Van Dyken
Swimmer for the University of Arizona for two years before transferring to Colorado State University. In 1994 she was named the NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year. At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Van Dyken became the first American female athlete in history to win 4 gold medals in a single Olympic games. Also in 1996 ESPN Awards (ESPY) Female Athlete of the Year award.
An American soccer coach and former defender. He retired in October 2008 after a 13-year professional career. He is currently the head coach of Toronto FC and director of TFC Academy. Vanney played soccer for Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona, and led the team to three consecutive state championship titles in 1990, 1991, and 1992. Vanney holds the school record for most assists by one player in a season with 13 for the 1990-1991 season, and also holds the school record for most goals by one player in a single season with 33 goals for the 1991-1992 season. He was also named the 5A player of the year for the 1991-1992 season, Gatorade Player of the Year, NSCAA and Parade All-America in 1992. Greg Vanney played college soccer for Florida International University in 1992, and for UCLA from 1993 to 1995. In 1995, Vanney was named All-America honorable mention and finished his senior season with 8 goals and 10 assists.
One of Major League Soccer's original players, he spent 10 seasons in the league and another three-and-a-half in the French First Division playing for Sporting Club de Bastia between 2002 and 2005. He also earned 36 caps, scoring one goal, with the U.S. national team between 1996 and 2006.
Kurtis Eugene "Kurt" Warner is a former American football quarterback, a current part-time TV football analyst, and a philanthropist. He played for three National Football League teams: theSt. Louis Rams, the New York Giants, and the Arizona Cardinals. He was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 1994 after playing college football at Northern Iowa. Warner went on to be considered the best undrafted NFL player of all time following a 12-year career regarded as one of the greatest stories in NFL history.
Paul Douglas Westphal is a retired American basketball player and a former head coach with several National Basketball Association (NBA) and college teams. Westphal has had a storied career in the NBA, both as a player and as a coach. As a player, he won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in the 1974 NBA Finals. In addition to being a five-time All-Star selection, from 1977 to 1981, Westphal earned three All-NBA First Team selections and one Second Team honor. Later, he returned to the Finals in 1993 as head coach of the Phoenix Suns. He returned to his home state of California when he was the men's basketball head coach at Pepperdine University from 2001 to 2006.
He is from Bishop California. Williams was an original member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and holds the Diamondbacks record for the most RBIs in one season with a total of 142 during 1999. Williams played in a World Series for each of these teams (1989 with the Giants, 1997 with the Indians, and 2001 with the Diamondbacks.
Ronald Paul Wolfley (born October 14, 1962 in Blasdell, NY) is a former American football fullback who played for the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals from 1985 through 1991. Wolfley was selected four times to the Pro Bowl as a special teams captain. Wolfley played collegiately for the West Virginia Mountaineers. To date, Wolfley co-hosts a morning drive-time sports talk show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM in Phoenix, Arizona with Doug Franz entitled, Doug and Wolf. Teamed with play-by-play announcer Dave Pasch, Wolfley also currently serves as the Arizona Cardinals' color analyst on the Arizona Cardinals Radio Network.