Arizona Baseball coach Andy Lopez got his sixth Hall of Fame induction Wednesday when it was announced he is one of the 14 members to be enshrined into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame.
Lopez has only lived in Southern Arizona since he took the position with the Wildcats in 2001 but leading UA to a National Championship in 2012 opened his door for induction.
Gary Cohen was a tennis champion at Canyon del Oro High School who once beat an up and coming youngster named Pete Sampras at an event in Phoenix.
"Yes I won, but let's be real," said Cohen. "I was 17 and he was only 14."
Pueblo wrestling coaches Joe Katusz and John Mulay are both being enshrined. Katusz turned over the program to Mulay in 1968 and Mulay went on to win two state championships with 14 individual titlest.
John Ruiz helped mentor some of the best young golfers in Southern Arizona, winning six state championships at C.D.O.
Gary Clifford is one of the finest fast pitch softball players this region has ever seen. David Cosgrove has been one of the key players behind the burgeoning growth of soccer in Southern Arizona.
Other inductees include longtime Keen Elementary School instructor Henry Barraza, state champion swimmer and basketball coach Paul Dull, Joel Favara, official Bob Klingenfus, Chuck Lavetter, Joe Petroshus and Tom Pierson.
The Hall of Fame's 24th class will be officially enshrined on Sunday, October 27th.
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