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Jim Scott began his teaching career in 1969 and began coaching at Sahuaro in 1986. Coach Dick McConnell, who knew Jim from his time coaching at Magee Middle School, encouraged him to take the job. Jim was eager to learn from Coach McConnell – his first season coaching Freshman Girls’ basketball was a successful 16-0 record. The next year, he was offered the position of Varsity Head
Coach, which he held for the next 14 years. He has won several awards, including Tucson Citizen Coach of the Year (3 times), Arizona Daily Star Coach of the Year (2 times), and the Arizona Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

Outside of school, Jim has been active in archery organizations and served in a leadership capacity, helping to put on events like the Sunrise 3-D Shootout, which provides employment for the Apache Ski Resort employees who would otherwise lack that employment opportunity during the off-season.