Arizona Sports Hall of Fame
Clockwise from top left: Derrick Hall, Dick Tomey, Tom Chambers, Michael Nesbitt, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, Michael Carbajal.
Former Arizona football coach Dick Tomey is among six inductees to the Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission’s Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Tomey, who passed away from lung cancer on May 10, joins Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, Arizona Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall, boxer Michael Carbajal, Phoenix Suns star Tom Chambers and Northern Arizona University trainer Michael Nisbett in this year’s class.
The announcement, made public on Thursday, spotlighted the class’s impact on Arizona Sports, with ASEC trustees and members of the public voting on entrees for the hall of fame.
The stipulations for entree include either being a native Arizonan, being immediately recognized as an Arizonan, or having made significant contributions to the athletics community in Arizona, according to the ASEC’s announcement.
Tomey, who is the winningest coach in Arizona football history, posted a record of 95-64-4 in 14 seasons coaching the Wildcats, earning Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1992.
A public memorial service for Tomey will be held at Arizona’s McKale Center at 9 a.m. local time on Friday, May 31.
The formal induction ceremony for this year’s class will be held at Scottsdale Plaza Resort on Friday, Nov. 1.