TUCSON, Ariz.- University of Arizona women’s basketball coach Joan Bonvicini is one of 10 members inducted into the 2005 class of the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame, announced yesterday at a press conference at Tucson Electric Park.
"I am honored to be selected as a member of the 2005 class," Bonvicini said. "I have always enjoyed being involved in this community and encouraging youth to be involved in positive activities within their home and school communities."
The winningest coach in Arizona women’s basketball history, Bonvicini has taken the program from obscurity into the national limelight. In 14 seasons, she has guided the Wildcats to eight postseason appearances, including a WNIT Championship.
Bonvicini has produced one All-American, five honorable mention All-Americans, a Pac-10 Player of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year, 21 All-Pac-10 honorees, 16 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choices and eleven Academic All-Pac-10 selections.
Bonvicini has three times been a finalist for the Naismith and Associated Press College Coach of the Year Awards. She was also the 1998 WBCA Region 8 and Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
Bonvicini holds a 258-160 (.617) mark at Arizona and is 583-231 (.716) overall. She has a record of 24-17 in NCAA Tournament play and has lost just two first-round games in 17 appearances.
All members will be honored at an induction dinner on Sunday, Oct. 16. The complete 2005 Pima County Sports Hall of Fame class is listed below.
Joan Bonvicini Arizona women’s basketball coach
Asa "Ace" Bushnell Former Tucson Citizen sportswriter
Richard DeBernardis Founder of Perimeter Bicycling Association of America
Creator of El Tour de Tucson
Bobby DeBerry Sunnyside wrestling coach
Mike Dyer Marana girls basketball coach, retired
Bobby Ferrara Longtime boxing referee
Stacey Iveson Former UA softball star
Coach of Pima College and Arizona Heat
Merle Miller First general manager of the Tucson Toros
Responsible for creation of the Copper Bowl
Louise Serpa Acclaimed rodeo photographer
Wolfgang Weber Salpointe Catholic boys soccer coach