PIMA HOF

Pima County Hall of Fame: Cats coach Lopez heads class of 14 set for induction

2013-07-25T00:00:00Z Pima County Hall of Fame: Cats coach Lopez heads class of 14 set for inductionDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

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

He has 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."

More than half of the inductees were, like Lopez, selected for their success as coaches, including longtime Pima College men's soccer coach David Cosgrove. Here's a look at them:

Henry Barraza

• Graduated from Tucson High and then the UA with a degree in education before going on to become a successful youth and elementary school coach in several sports since 1977.

Gary Clifford

• Before he became a member of the professional rodeo, Clifford played football and wrestled at Pueblo High from 1955 to 1959. He holds the single-season school records for points and touchdowns and the single-game mark for rushing with 206 yards.

Gary Cohen

• Once ranked the No. 34 tennis player in the country by the USTA, Cohen won a singles, doubles and team title with Canyon del Oro High from 1983 to 1986 and then helped Northwestern win its first Big Ten title in any men's sport in 25 years.

David Cosgrove

• Has been the Pima College men's soccer coach since 1998 and has led the team to 10 top-15 finishes nationally and more than 200 wins. Cosgrove, who also co-founded the Tucson Soccer Academy, led the team to the national finals most recently in 2011 and is a five-time conference coach of the year.

Paul Dull

• Won eight state swimming titles at Palo Verde High and, after serving in Vietnam with the Army, returned to Tucson to teach and coach for more than three decades where his biggest accomplishment was leading the Cholla boys basketball team to the 1993 state title.

Joel Favara

• Running back helped lead Tucson High's football team to back-to-back state titles in 1951 and 1952 and was selected to play in the All-American game before going to Oklahoma A&M where he suffered a career-ending injury and went into coaching.

Joseph Katusz

• Coached Pueblo High's wrestling team to the 1968 state title and had more than 20 individual state champions.

Bob Klingenfus

• Umpired numerous baseball games at every level over 50 years, including more than 80 UA-ASU games.

Chuck LaVetter

• Spent more than 35 years coaching, most of which came at Eastern Arizona College, where he accumulated more than 500 wins in men's and women's basketball.

John Mulay

• Crowned 14 wrestling state champions and won two team titles over 36 years at Pueblo High and was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005.

Joe Petroshus

• A three-sport standout at Tucson High from 1965 to 1969, Petroshus was an All-America, All-State and All-City half back in 1968. He went on to play football at the UA where he led the team in rushing as a junior but had his career cut short with an injury.

Tom Pierson

• Taught and coached for more than 30 years at Apollo Middle School, Rincon/University High and Sahuaro High where he is still helping out with football and wrestling

John G. Ruiz

• Coached Canyon del Oro High to six golf state championships and 13 division titles over 23 years in addition to being an assistant for the state championship football teams in 1976 and 1977.

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