Canyon del Oro's head coach Kelly Fowler sends Hope Banales (26) home for the Dorado's first score of the night in the bottom of the first inning against Sunrise Mountain in the 4A state championship game, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Tempe, Ariz. Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Others have won more state championships than Fowler, who was No. 1 in 2005, 2011 and 2017, returning to CDO twice after her initial “retirement” from prep coaching. But, much like Weber, Fowler helped to further the culture of softball in Tucson as much or more than any prep softball coach in state history.

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