Pueblo High School will name its football field after Curly Santa Cruz, and probably schedule a ceremony during the 2019 season. Very good move.
Santa Cruz is one of the leading prep football coaches in Tucson history, not just as Pueblo’s head coach during the 1980s — his 1988 team went 10-0 in the regular season — but as Sunnyside’s offensive coordinator during the Blue Devils’ run to a pair of state championships.
Santa Cruz was influenced by two of the leading names in Tucson sports history, Pueblo football coach Lou Farber and Warriors track coach Clay Hitchcock. In 1961, when Pueblo won the state football title, Santa Cruz was an all-city running back. He carried on the tradition of coaching excellence he learned under Farber and Hitchcock.
It is a well-deserved honor.