Tempe All-City Association
Tempe Union High Schools
Sports Awards Banquets
Teachers, coaches, and community leaders who have invested in the education and development of male and female athletes of the Tempe Union High School District are eligible for inclusion in the Tempe All-City Hall of Fame.
Tempe and Corona Del Sol Head Basketball Coach
Born: Linton, Indiana
College: Southern Illinois University – Basketball
Coached High School 2 years in Farmington, N.M.
Arrived in Tempe 1965
Tempe High: 1965 – 1974
Opened Corona del So: 1977 – 1997
663 wins – 261 losses
9 times Corona del Sol
4 State Championships
27-0 1980's Champions – Most Wins Ever
46 Game Winning Streak
Back to back State Champs 1980 – 1981
Arizona Coaches Hall of Fame 1999
AIA Basketball Coach of the Century – 2000
Arizona Republic Coach of the Year – several timesHas several former players currently coaching varsity men's and women's basketball in Arizona
Don Wilkinson graduated from Tempe High School and Arizona State University. In 1967, he began his career as an educator and coach at McClintock High School, and he also served as an educator, coach, and administrator at Marcos de Niza High School. In 1981, Mr. Wilkinson became Athletic Director for the Tempe Union High School District, and he continued in that role until his retirement in 2009.
During his tenure as District Athletic Director, Mr. Wilkinson’s diligence and vision for the future of high school athletics brought about change, both locally and statewide. Among his other statewide associations, Mr. Wilkinson served as the Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board President (2005) and Vice President (2004); he also served as the President and member of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (1988). Mr. Wilkinson is a Life Member of the National Education Association and the Arizona Interscholastic Administration Association.
As the District Athletic Director, Mr. Wilkinson’s focus was on the advancement of student-athletes and he is recognized statewide for the mark he leaves on Arizona high school athletics. A few of Mr. Wilkinson’s awards and recognition include:
Arizona Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association Hall of Fame (2007)
Central Region Athletic Director of the Year (2000-2001)
Arizona 5A AIAAA Athletic Director of the Year (2000)
NIAAA State Award of Merit (1996)
Tempe High School Hall of Fame (1995)
Central Region Athletic Director of the Year (1992-1993)
Tempe Diablos Educational Excellence Award (1991-92)
Tempe Union High School District Award of Excellence – Outstanding Administrator (1985-86)
Coach Jim Merrick began his coaching career at McClintock High School in 1968. Coach Merrick compiled an overall record of 401 wins and 299 losses over his coaching career.
He coached McClintock baseball teams to the playoffs over three decades. McClintock won the state championship in baseball in 1985 under Coach Merrick's leadership. The 1989 and 1991 McClintock teams were nationally ranked. There are countless college and professional athletes who played for Coach Merrick. Coach Merrick was also inducted into the Arizona High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. The baseball field at McClintock bears the name "Jim Merrick Field" in honor of coach Merrick.
We want to congratulate Coach Merrick on his 31 year career and welcome him into the Tempe All-City Hall of Fame.
Growing up in Steelton, Pennsylvania, Gary's youth included character building in sports, which helped to shape him into the man and leader he is today.
Attending ASU, Gary played for the legendary Frank Kush, which is where he learned the positive teachings and drills that would shape his career. At ASU, Gary knew he wanted a lifetime of coaching.
With stops in Kearney, Yuma and Nogales, his last coaching assignment was 24 years at Corona del Sol High School. There he met his greatest challenge. In the spring of 1990, Gary was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After surgery, he was only able to close one eye and was unsteady on his feet. For some time he had to wear a patch over his eye and use a cane, painted orange and gold by Rick, the equipment manager at Corona del Sol.
Following the initial surgery, many doubted that Gary would be able to resume his duties as head football coach at Corona del Sol, but he never once questioned that he would be ready for the fall season. It was his love of coaching, and the young men he worked with, that helped him become strong enough to return to the practice field.
39 years of coaching
186 Career victories
153 CDS wins
12 Playoff appearances
4 Conference Championships
Gene Autry Award 1994
Arizona Coaches Association Coach of the Year 1990
Head Coach Arizona Football All Star Game 1990 & 1999
Penna Capitol Area Sports Hall of Fame 1993
Earl Putman Coach of the Year 2008
Arizona Coaches Association High School Hall of Fame 2010(1985-86)
Karl Keifer graduated from Tempe High School where he lettered in four sports and played football at ASU under Dan Devine and Frank Kush.
Coach Karl Kiefer guided the McClintock Chargers from their first year in 1965 – 1989. During this time his team's won 3 State Championships. As McClintock and Mountain Pointe Head Football Coach and Head Track Coach, his career spanned 40 years and he is Arizona's all-time leader in football victories with a 309-138-3 record.
He was chosen the "football coach of the century" by the Arizona Interscholastic Athletic Association in 2000.
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Larry Hughes began his career in the Tempe Union High School District at McClintock in 1969. Coach Hughes taught physical education and he coached football and basketball at McClintock. He later moved to Corona del Sol High School when it opened, where he headed up Corona's Physical Education Department. Coach Hughes taught and coached at Corona for 25 years before retiring in 2003.
While coaching at Corona, Coach Hughes' teams won state championships in Girl's Basketball (1981, 1993, 1994, & 2001), Boy's Golf (1982) and Football (1980), and he was selected Coach of the Year in Girl's Basketball, Boy's Golf and Football. Coach Hughes was named the Arizona Coaches Association Coach of the Year in Girl's Basketball in 2003 and he was inducted into the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004. Coach Hughes' basketball teams won an amazing total of 442 games and Corona's basketball court is named the "Larry Hughes Court."
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Coach Dave Vibber graduated from Alma High School in Michigan in 1972. He attended Grand Rapids Junior College before graduating from Alma College. While still in Michigan, Coach Vibber started his career as an educator and coach, working there for three years before moving to Arizona.
In 1979, Coach Vibber took a job at Corona del Sol High School, where he taught physical education and coached wrestling, track and field and football until he retired in 2009. Coach Vibber then taught physical education and served as the athletic director at Madison Meadows Middle School until 2014.
During Coach Vibber’s career at Corona, he led the Aztecs to three State wrestling championships and his teams also finished as State runners-up twice. His teams won a total of 419 dual wrestling meets and he coached six high school National champion wrestlers, eight high school All-Americans, 25 individual State champions, 22 State runners-up and over 50 All-State, All-Region and All-City wrestlers. In 1991, Coach Vibber’s team also received the AIA Team Scholar Athlete Award.
Coach Vibber’s track and field teams also enjoyed success as his Aztecs won a State championship and were twice State runners-up.
Coach Vibber has been recognized for his coaching ability and success. He was named the Cox 7/AIA Everyday Heroes “Coach of the Year” (2009). In 2009, he was also named the National Wrestling Coaches Association Arizona Coach of the Year, as well as the Arizona Republic/Tribune Newspapers Wrestling Coach of the Year. In 2010, Coach Vibber was inducted into the Arizona High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame
Ron Davini graduated from Arizona State University 1967. That year, he played on the National Championship team as a catcher, earning MVP of the College World Series. Coach Davini is in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s college section in Cooperstown.
Coach Davini served for 34 years in the Tempe Union High School District as an educator and coach. He was the head baseball coach at Corona Del Sol from 1977-2005, earning the Aztecs a State Championship in 1993. He was an assistant baseball coach at McClintock for six years, an assistant at Chaparral for six years and head coach at Tempe Prep Academy for two years. While at Corona, he was selected Teacher of the Year in 1991-92, won the Tempe Diablo Award in PE in 1995 and was selected NHSCA Baseball Coach of the Year in 2005. Coach Davini is Executive Director of the National High Schools Baseball Coaches Association.
In 1995, Coach Davini was selected as one of the Top 60 Teachers in America by Walt Disney Productions and his video profile was shown on the Disney Channel.
Since 1992, Coach Davini has been a part of USA Baseball. As a coach with USA Baseball, Coach Davini participated in three gold-medal games, including the Youth National Baseball team’s World Championship victory in 2003. In 1997, he was selected as the USA National Amateur Baseball Coach of the Year.
In 2001, he was inducted into the Arizona Coaches Association and the Arizona Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. In 2008, Coach Davini was inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
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Doug Royse is a lifelong resident of Tempe and graduated from Tempe High School in 1964. When Tempe Union High School District began to add additional high schools, due to increased enrollment, Doug and a number of his colleagues started the Tempe All-City Association in 1982. This small organization has now grown to provide over 170 awards annually at three Tempe All-City banquets.
Doug was Student Body President at Tempe High School and lettered in Football and Track. He is active in the Tempe Boys and Girls Club, Tri-City Civitans, Tempe Sister City, the Tempe Diablos, and the Exchange Club. Doug owned Royse Insurance for 20 years and now works in real estate for Keller Williams.
We want to thank Doug for his leadership, the vision of the Tempe All-City Association and welcome him to the Tempe All-City Association Hall of Fame.
inducted May 14, 2012
inducted May 14, 2012
Fred Wood graduated from Tempe High School in 1965, lettering in Tennis and Baseball. He obtained a teaching degree from Arizona State in 1970, but switched to dental education in the 1970's while at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. Fred moved his dental practice to Tempe in 1980. Dr. Wood served on the Tempe Union High School Governing Board from 1996-2001.
He has been in a position of leadership for the Tempe All-City Association for 28 years. Fred's leadership, along with many Tempe All-City Board members, produced an organization which has provided over 170 awards for deserving boy and girl student athletes annually, through the Association's three yearly banquets.
We want to thank Fred for his leadership and generous contribution with the Tempe All-City Association and welcome him to the Tempe All-City Hall of Fame.
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Jimmy Williams graduated from Tempe High School in 1981 and is the first former-athlete honoree to be inducted into the Tempe All-City Association Hall of Fame.
He played three sports each if his four years and was a three-year starter in varsity football. Several of his honors and accomplishments include:
With a full-ride football scholarship at ASU, Jimmy played inside linebacker and was selected Defensive Captain in 1982 & 1983. An All-PAC 10 Conference honoree in 1982, he was selected ASU’s player of the year three years in a row. He was drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
Jimmy coached at both Tempe and McClintock High Schools and was a teacher and head football coach at Maricopa High School. He was a teacher and assistant football coach at Desert Vista High School when he passed away in 1999.