Long-time high school coaches hanging up their whistles

The coach who found a way to break Hamilton High School‘s 53-game football winning streak to win the 2011 state championship has retired.

Dan Hinds, who was just the program’s second head coach in Desert Vista HS history, devoted 19 years to the football program before announcing his retirement following the 2020 season.  He will stay on at the south Phoenix school as a teacher in the physical education department.

Hinds will always be remembered for taking down the Huskies, but he was just one of a handful of veteran coaches who left the high school game during the offseason.  The departure that drew the most attention was the retirement last month of hall of fame softball coach Bartt Underwood at Glendale’s Cactus High School.

The 62-year-old Underwood spent almost three decades coaching Arizona high school softball, 19 years at Peoria’s Centennial High School and the last 10 at Cactus.

He took Centennial to four appearances in the state finals and finally won the 5A D-II state championship in 2010.

In 2011, his first season at Cactus, he won 13 games, but that was the last time he won fewer than 20 games in a season.  Underwood posted back-to-back 30-win seasons before the pandemic wiped out the 2020 season.  The 2021 squad went undefeated in conference play and posted a 17-4 record in his final season.

His combined record at both schools was 640-233-8, wrapping up his softball coaching career with the second-most wins in state history.

Basketball also lost a prominent veteran.  Earlier this month, Ives Machiz announced his retirement from the girls basketball program at Arcadia High School in Phoenix.

Machiz spent 15 years as the Titans’ head coach, closing out his career after a disappointing 5-13 season.  But just a few years ago, he led his 2017 squad to a 26-3 record before being upset in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.

During his 15 seasons on the bench, Machiz had 11 winning records and took his teams to nine postseason appearances.