Longtime UA announcer Dave Sitton dies - Tucson News Now

Longtime UA announcer Dave Sitton dies

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Dave Sitton, who announced University of Arizona football and basketball games, has died, the school's Athletics department confirmed today. He was 58.

No further information regarding Sitton's passing has been released.

In addition to serving as an announcer on radio and television for over three decades, Sitton was the head coach of the Arizona rugby team.

Sitton was a Republican candidate for Congress in 2012.

Sitton is a 2012 inductee in the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame. He played baseball at the University of Arizona until suffering a shoulder injury.

According to the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame website, Sitton began his broadcast career as the radio play-by-play announcer for UA baseball in 1981. He joined the television broadcast team for UA basketball in 1990 and won the national Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award for basketball play-by-play in 2010 and football in 2011.

Statement from UA President Ann Weaver Hart regarding Dave Sitton:

"The University of Arizona family mourns the loss of one of our own and extends our condolences to the family of Dave Sitton, who died today.

"Dave was the award-winning voice and personality behind Arizona football and basketball for more than a decade and the coaching force behind UA rugby. A 1978 alum of UA, he came to play baseball as a student and graduated to become one of Tucson's best known community advocates.

"A tireless supporter for everything he loved at UA and Tucson, Dave also worked for the UA Cancer Center, marketing it to Arizona and the world. He teamed up with legendary basketball Coach Lute Olsen to hold the Wildcat Dream Invitational dinner that raised funds for cancer research. He was vocal in his credit to the UA doctors and nurses who helped him win his own battle with cancer. Dave featured many of them on his radio program, 'Act Against Cancer,' offering information and inspiration to thousands every Sunday."

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