Oct. 20, 2004 - The never-ending coaching carousel continues to spin in the Northwest as the winter sports season rolls closer to its November startup date.
Canyon del Oro High school will have a new look patrolling its hardwoods this season as Nainesh Desai takes over control of the Dorado's boys basketball team. Desai comes to CDO from Ironwood Ridge where he coached junior varsity. Lending the new coach a hand as assistants will be Rob Harrison and Jim Cusato, who comes to the program from Amphitheater High School.
Making his return to the basketball court this season will be Mike Dyer. He returns to coach the freshman boys basketball squad for Mountain View. Dyer amassed 375 wins in 21 seasons as coach of the Marana High School girls varsity basketball team from 1976 to 1997. His success with the Marana girls squad earned the coach an induction into the National High School Coaches Association's Hall-of-Fame this summer.
Pusch Ridge will debut two new coaches this winter along with a new sport. When girls soccer takes the field for the first time this winter, Jeff Wambolt will be the school's first head girls coach. Backing up Wambolt will be assistant coach Jessie Oland.
Former Marana High School football player Bucky Westfall was honored at halftime of the Tigers' game Oct. 15 against Sunnyside for his outstanding effort both on the field and in the classroom. Westfall received the 2003 scholarship award from the National Football Foundation and College Hall-of-Fame, Southern Arizona Chapter. On the field for the Tigers, Westfall was a standout wide receiver, punter and defensive back. In the classroom he carried a GPA over 3.0. He shares the award with past recipients such as Tucson native and Sahuaro High School grad, Rodney Peete who is currently playing in the National Football League as a quarterback for the Carolina Panthers.
"It seemed real big at the time," said Westfall. "It's a pretty big honor."
The former Marana Bronco, Westfall, is now attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah but isn't playing for the Division I football program due to his pending mission trip in November.