It was once a common practice to have the same head coach in three sports.

Now, however, it rarely happens.

In Southern Arizona, Jim Lawwill is one of the few who stays busy as a head coach throughout the school year. He is the football and baseball coach at Tanque Verde; during the winter, he is in charge of Catalina’s girls basketball team.

If that didn’t keep him busy enough, Lawwill also teaches six periods of world history at Catalina.

Lawwill has been a teacher and coach for 25 years in California, New Mexico, and Arizona.

For 15 of those years, he has been a three-sport head coach.

“You have to be resilient and think about the reason why you are there,” he said. “The reason you are there is the same reason you are in the classroom, you are there for the kids.”

The 61-year-old’s passion for sports and teaching goes back to when he was a four-sport athlete playing football, basketball, baseball and tennis at Issaquah High School in Seattle, Wash.

Read more about Lawwill in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.