Prep players gather to kickoff season - Tucson News Now

Prep players gather to kickoff season

Tucson, AZ (KOLD) - The 5th annual Coaches for Charity Kickoff Classic is the official start of high school
football season highlighting eight teams in a four-game event .The Kickoff Games to be held
Thursday, August 20 featuring Palo Verde at Flowing Wells and Sahuaro at Sahuarita. Signature
games to be held Friday, August 21 featuring Hamilton at Ironwood Ridge and Snowflake at Amphi.
All games start at 7pm.

Coaches for Charity is a 501(c)3 charity. The purpose of the COACHES
FOR CHARITY Kickoff Classic is to celebrate school spirit, focus on teamwork, healthy
competition and to raise scholarship funds for students-athletes. The event benefits Coaches for
Charity Scholarship Fund.


A three-time national coach of the year, Andy Lopez was head baseball coach at The
University of Arizona for 14 seasons. In his tenure, Lopez reestablished Arizona as
one of the nation’s elite baseball programs, guiding the school to the 2012 NCAA
National Championship, two College World Series appearances and eight postseason
berths. Lopez also served as the head baseball coach at Cal State Dominguez Hills,
Pepperdine, and Florida.

Lopez compiled an overall win-loss record of 1,177–742–7
in thirty-three seasons as a head coach. He is one of only three coaches to lead three
different programs to the College World Series and one of only two coaches to win the
College World Series with two different programs. His Division I teams (Pepperdine,
Florida, and Arizona) appeared in the postseason seventeen out of twenty-six seasons.


The national championship was Arizona’s fourth as a program – first since 1986 – and marked Lopez’s second career
national championship (Pepperdine). Lopez earned National Coach of the Year honors two times, and Conference
Coach of the Year honors eight times. During the championship season, Lopez was named The Pac-12 Coach of the year. 

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