Andy Lopez has spent more time as the UA baseball coach than anything else.

He’s got plenty of reasons to consider Tucson as his permanent home and now he has another.

The Pima County Sports Hall of Fame announced Wednesday at the Holiday Inn that Lopez, a three-time national coach of the year, is included in its 14-member Class of 2013, which will be formally inducted on Oct. 27.

“This is special,” said Lopez, who has coached the Wildcats since 2001 and led them to a national championship in 2012.

“Our kids have grown up here, our kids have graduated from the UA, and we feel like this is home so it is kind of neat to be honored.”

Read more about the Pima Count Sports Hall of Fame in Thursday's Arizona Daily Star.