Berk's Beat: Ambuehl lands CDO 'dream' job

2012-03-09T00:00:00Z Berk's Beat: Ambuehl lands CDO 'dream' jobDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 09, 2012 12:00 am  • 

When Steve Ambuehl interviewed for the Canyon del Oro head baseball job last winter, he went in with a simple theory.

"The minute you over-promise and under-deliver, you're in trouble," Ambuehl said. "So, I just went in there, told them what I thought I was capable of doing and hoped it was enough."

It was.

Ambuehl now finds himself coaching one of Tucson's most tradition-rich programs and the 37-year-old knows how lucky he is.

The Dorados have won seven state championships (most recently in 2009) and have three former players currently in the big leagues.

It's not all about tradition though.

Canyon del Oro produced a 78-16 record from 2009 to 2011 and qualified for the postseason all three seasons.

"It's a dream situation for any high school coach to walk into," said Ambuehl, who took over for Len Anderson, who retired after last season. "I know how lucky I am."

Luckily for the Dorados, Ambuehl knows what it's like to win at the high school level.

Oconomowoc High School in Wisconsin, Ambuehl's alma mater, went to five state championship games in the 1990s, and Ambuehl played in two of them.

He played his college ball at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., and then joined the coaching staff for two seasons as a graduate assistant.

He then moved to Twentynine Palms, Calif., and coached for five seasons, four as the head coach.

"At that point, I was ready for a bigger challenge, a bigger town," Ambuehl said.

He moved to Tucson six years ago and got a job teaching physical education at Flowing Wells. He met his wife Kiley at Flowing Wells, where she was also a teacher.

Ambuehl settled in as an assistant coach under veteran Dave Landrith and served in that role for the past four seasons.

Once he was hired at CDO, his first mission was to convert Kiley into a Dorados fan.

"It was neat to have her at the first game, supporting me," Ambuehl said. "But, she's a Cabs fan."

Ambuehl has the Dorados off to a 6-2 start this year and won his debut against rival Ironwood Ridge 11-2.

He inherited a talented team from Anderson and has no plans of letting the success fade at all with him in charge.

"We're building trust," Ambuehl said. "The kids have rolled along. The parents have been supportive. The assistant coaches all stayed on and have been great.

"I hope to continue the success that was established before me."

Amphi lineman chooses WNMU

Amphitheater offensive lineman Robert Rogers signed a letter of intent last week with Western New Mexico in Silver City.

Rogers said he picked Western so he could stay close to home and his family could come to home games.

He signed his letter of intent at Amphi with former coach Vern Friedli in attendance.

Big game for Stoglin

Santa Rita graduate Terrell Stoglin had one of his most efficient games of the season Thursday for Maryland in the opening round of the ACC tournament.

Stoglin was 8 for 14 from the floor in 30 minutes and scored 25 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had four assists. He also had two steals in an 82-60 win over Wake Forest.

Stoglin and the Terrapins face North Carolina today in the quarterfinals in Atlanta.

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