Jerry Dawson served as the head baseball coach at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona for the 37 years. Dawson owns the most high school career victories in the state of Arizona with 774. His teams enjoyed tremendous success over the years, qualifying for post-season play 35 of the 37 years of the program’s existence.
During his time at Chaparral, the baseball program elevated itself into the upper echelon of Arizona high school athletics and was recognized nationally, claiming eight state championships—four of those teams became nationally-ranked.
Classic Dawson on his Lawn Mower!
Coach Dawson was the only Head Coach in the history of the school which has produced over 150 graduates who continued their baseball careers at the college or professional levels. Most notable are current Major Leaguers Paul Konerko (Chicago White Sox), Brian Bannister (Kansas City Royals), and Ike Davis (New York Mets), and Charles Brewer (Arizona Diamondbacks). During his tenure at Chaparral, he coached teams that won or tied for 24 Region Championships and finished as state runner-up on four occasions, in addition to the eight state championships. Coach Dawson has been named National High School Coach of the Year on 5 occasions and has been elected to the Arizona Coaches Association, Arizona Baseball Coaches Association and the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Halls of Fame.
Dawson taught Physical Education at Chaparral for 30+ years, served as the Physical Education Department Chairman for 25+ years and was the school’s Athletic Director for 25 years before retiring in 2004. In 2003-04 Dawson was selected as the Arizona’s Victory with Honor Coach of the Year, which is given by the Arizona Interscholastic Association (A.I.A.) to the outstanding coach for all sports in Arizona.
Dawson served with former Yavapai head coach Sky Smeltzer as a member of the USA Baseball Junior National team staff in 2004, which competed in the World Games in Taipei. He also served as the Head Coach of the Junior National team in 2005 when it competed in the Pan Am games in Mexico, winning the silver medal.
Jerry has a B. A. in Education from Southwest Missouri State University and a M. A. in Education from Arizona State University. He served as a Military Police Officer in the United States Army including a tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam.
Currently, Dawson resides in Prescott, Arizona and is in his fourth year as pitching coach for the Roughriders of Yavapai College.