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Yavapai's Dawson heads for AZ Sports Hall of Fame

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Yavapai College pitching coach Jerry Dawson watches Peter Lenstrohm warm up in the bullpen back on March 29, 2012, in Prescott.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Yavapai College pitching coach Jerry Dawson watches Peter Lenstrohm warm up in the bullpen back on March 29, 2012, in Prescott.

Yavapai College assistant baseball coach Jerry Dawson on Tuesday became the first high school coach to garner induction into the prestigious Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.

Dawson, who's currently in his fourth season as the Roughriders' pitching coach, will become part of the 44th class of the Arizona Sports Hall in his 44th year of coaching.

Dawson and three other fellow inductees, including Arthur Martori, Emmett "Buddy" Jobe and Scott Hogsett, will be honored during a ceremony of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission on April 16 at the PERA Pavilion, 1 E. Continental Drive in Tempe.

Each year, the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame honors outstanding athletes, coaches and administrators, among others, who have made significant contributions to sports in the Grand Canyon State.

"It's very flattering, and it's a great honor," Dawson said after Yavapai swept Arizona Western in a conference doubleheader Tuesday in Prescott.

Before his arrival at Yavapai, Dawson spent 37 years as the head coach of the iconic Scottsdale Chaparral High varsity baseball program. Dawson owns the record for most high-school coaching career wins in the state with 744, while guiding his Firebirds to eight state championships.

During his tenure at Chaparral, Dawson was named the National High School Coach of the Year five times.

In the past, Dawson was inducted into the halls of fame of the Arizona Coaches Association, the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association and the National High School Baseball Coaches Association.

In 2004, Dawson received the Arizona's Victory with Honor Coach of the Year award from the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), which rewards the most outstanding coach among all high school sports in the state.

Tickets are now available to attend the 2014 Arizona Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will begin with a cocktail reception and a silent auction.

For more information and/or to buy tickets, log on to www.phoenixsports.org or call the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission at 480-517-9700.

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