Arizona Sports Hall of Fame announces 2019 class
The Arizona Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2019 class Thursday, and among it is a former Suns legend and a prominent Diamondbacks front office member.
Here is the entire list of inductees:
A native of Phoenix, Carbajal is a five-time world boxing champion and won a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics Games in Seoul, competing in the light flyweight division. He finished with a record of 49-4 in his professional career with 33 knockouts. Nicknamed “Little hands of stone”, Carbajal still resides in the valley and owns two boxing gyms.
Perhaps the most famous name on the list, Tom Chambers was a three-time All-Star in five seasons with the Phoenix Suns from 1988-1993. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 20.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while shooting 46.3% from the field. Chambers averaged 15.3 minutes a game in the 1993 NBA Finals, in which the Suns fell to the Chicago Bulls in six games.
An Arizona State University graduate, Derrick Hall is the president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks have the made the playoffs three times in his tenure and were named the top MLB franchise by ESPN the Magazine in 2013. The team also unveiled a new spring training facility and TV deal under Hall’s leadership.
Nesbitt was the head of athletic training at Northern Arizona University for 36 years and was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 1992. He is the first person from the university to be inducted.
Amy Van Dyken-Rouen
Van Dyken-Rouen won six gold medals in two Olympic game appearances (1996, 2000), including four in the Atlanta games. She attended the University of Arizona, has appeared and hosted multiple radio shows in the Valley since her retirement and coached the varsity swim team at Notre Dame Preparatory Academy before suffering a severe spinal cord injury in an ATV accident in June of 2014, leaving her paralyzed below the waist.
Tomey is the winningest head coach in University of Arizona football history after his 14 seasons in Tucson from 1987-2000. Tomey was the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1992, the first in program history. Out of three 10-win seasons the program has ever had, Tomey is responsible for two of them, including a 12-1 season in 1998. The coaching legend recently passed away on May 10.