McKale Heart is a spot the place Arizona athletes bond to attain a standard objective of prosperity.
That bond consists of husband and spouse.
Earlier than the soccer program moved to the Lowell-Stevens Facility and the baseball staff went off campus to Hello Corbett Subject, the entire athletes and coaches had been underneath one roof always with the places of work, locker rooms and weight coaching facility at McKale Heart.
Athletes nonetheless spend time collectively at McKale Heart due to faculty, exercises and sporting occasions.
To a number of the Wildcats who met on the mecca of Arizona sports activities, the bond prolonged to an athlete of a unique sport and have become intimate. They grew to become husband and spouse or are engaged to be that approach quickly.
The wedding matches made at McKale are quite a few.
The overall might be no less than yet one more if former Sabino Excessive College standout J.J. Hardy remained dedicated to Arizona and didn’t flip professional after his second-round choice in 2001. On Dec. 7, 2013, Hardy, of the Baltimore Orioles, married former Marana Excessive College and Arizona softball participant Adrienne Acton. She performed for the Wildcats from 2005-08.
The story goes that Hardy met Acton after watching her play on TV when the Wildcats had been within the 2007 School World Sequence. Hardy referred to as his connections at Arizona the next day and organized a gathering with Acton. Their relationship blossomed from the beginning.
One other shut Wildcat match: Former Arizona softball participant Amy Chellevold married Michael Hillenbrand, the son of the late Invoice Hillenbrand, who donated the cash for the softball stadium at Arizona.
A pair quickly to be added to this checklist: Aari McDonald, a girls’s basketball All-American, and Devon Brewer, a former soccer participant with the Wildcats. Brewer performed cornerback for Arizona via 2017. They’re each from Fresno. They grew to become engaged on the Pac-12 event at Las Vegas on March 7.
SEAN HARRIS & CHA-RON WALKER
Former Desert Swarm protection member Sean Harris and Arizona girls’s basketball standout Cha-Ron Walker have a son — Jalen — who’s a junior with the Wildcat soccer program. One other son, Jason, is headed to Colorado. In addition they have a daughter named Kayla.
GLENN PARKER & CASEY O’SHAUGHNESSY
Glenn Parker was an All-Pac-10 and Second-Workforce All-America lineman for Arizona earlier than transferring over to the NFL in 1990, the place he competed in 5 Tremendous Bowls with the New York Giants and Buffalo Payments. Parker was named MVP of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs throughout his 12-year profession and his spouse, Casey O’Shaughnessy Parker, was a Junior Nationwide Workforce Champion synchronized swimmer at Arizona. They’ve 4 youngsters who went on to grow to be profitable athletes — Madeleine, Emily, William and Caroline.
MIKE HAIRGROVE & JULIE BRASE
Lute Olson’s granddaughter Julie Brase met Mike Hairgrove at Arizona after they had been taking part in their respective sport. Julie was with the Arizona girls’s basketball program from 1998 to 2002 after taking part in at Catalina Foothills. Mike was a large receiver for the Wildcats after taking part in at Flowing Wells. Julie is an assistant coach with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. The couple has three daughters Madison, Hailey and Grace.
TREVIN WADE & COURTNEY HAYES
Former soccer participant Trevin Wade and monitor and subject excessive jumper Courtney Hayes met throughout their junior yr after they had a Enterprise Writing course collectively. Per week into the course, Courtney headed out of sophistication and forgot her jacket. Trevin then beginning sprinting to her. That’s when it began. Trevin earned an Economics diploma and performed within the Nationwide Soccer League. He’s now the cornerbacks coach at UTEP. Hayes earned a level in English and is now instructing. The couple have three kids: Savannah, 4; Maverick, 3; and Zoey, 10 months.
RICKY ELMORE & CALLISTA BALKO
Former Arizona defensive finish Ricky Elmore proposed to former Wildcat softball participant Callista Balko at Hillenbrand Stadium, the place Balko was a part of the 2006 and 2007 nationwide title groups. Elmore proposed to her on the spot he first laid eyes on her when she warmed up in Arizona’s bullpen as a catcher. They’ve two kids.
ROB REFSNYDER & MONICA DRAKE
The yr 2012 was particular for Rob Refsnyder, who was chosen the Most Excellent Participant of the School World Sequence in Arizona’s title run. His relationship with Arizona’s All-American swimmer Monica Drake additionally blossomed that yr after they began courting in November of 2011. Refsnyder is in his sixth season of professional ball after taking part in within the Yankees, Blue Jays, Rays, Diamondbacks and Reds organizations. He signed a minor-league cope with the Rangers final December.
DAVID WATSON & LAURA ESPINOZA
Former Arizona offensive sort out David Watson and softball slugger Laura Espinoza tied the knot in January of 1997. Espinoza-Watson nonetheless holds the NCAA season report for 37 dwelling runs and 128 RBIs. Their son David Watson Jr., an Amphi Excessive College offensive lineman standout, is on the Arizona soccer roster.
MIKE MEYER & KARA FRY
Mike Meyer is a former Arizona reliever who additionally was a standout at Sabino. He was drafted within the 23rd spherical of the 2000 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched seven years within the minors and impartial leagues. He presently is the supervisor and common supervisor of the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Affiliation. Kara Fry was a standout gymnast at Arizona from 1998 to 2001. Kara works within the McKale coaching room and is a Life Abilities Mentor for the GymCats and the Seashore Volleyball staff. She mentors the entire freshmen GymCats together with a couple of returners and has guided the GymCats to success of their transition to school. They’ve a son and a daughter.
IAN McCUTCHEON & ALISON JOHNSEN
One other Arizona softball corridor of famer, Alison Johnsen, married a Wildcat soccer participant (offensive sort out Ian McCutcheon) in 1997. Johnsen-McCutcheon (at Arizona from 1995-98) held the Wildcats’ information for season batting common (.534), profession batting common (.466), hits in a season (132), profession hits (405), profession triples (22), stolen bases in a season (67 in 70 makes an attempt) and profession stolen bases (95 in 98 makes an attempt). Alison’s profession complete of 405 hits makes her the one Arizona softball participant in this system’s historical past to eclipse the 400 mark. Ian was a precious offensive sort out throughout the mid-1990’s serving to to guard quarterback Dan White.
CHARLIE DICKEY & LISA BRADSHAW
Charlie Dickey met former Arizona girls’s hoops participant Lisa Bradshaw when he was a beginning offensive guard with the Wildcats soccer staff within the early 1980’s. Bradshaw performed for the Wildcats’ girls’s hoops staff from 1983-85. The couple has 5 kids, together with daughter Tasha, who performed her first three years at Arizona earlier than transferring to Kansas State in 2011. In addition they have 5 grandchildren. Charlie is now on the teaching employees at Oklahoma State.
DON PRUITT & JODY MILLER
Jody Miller is one other Arizona softball corridor of famer who tied the knot with a fellow Wildcat athlete — Don Pruitt — who was an excellent prospect popping out of Jerry Kindall’s baseball program in 1990. Don was a pitcher and Jody was a catcher, an ideal mixture. Don was drafted within the 23rd spherical by Milwaukee in 1990 and pitched three years within the Brewers’ farm system. Jody was actually a catch for Pruitt. She caught 14 no-hitters in her illustrious profession taking part in for Mike Candrea from 1990-93.
CULLEN PLOUSHA & MARY KLEMM
Mary Klemm was a extremely recruited basketball participant out of Ventura, Calif., who fortuitously for her future, selected Arizona over ASU amongst different faculties. It was at Arizona the place Mary met Cullen Plousha, a former Marine who performed vast receiver for the Wildcats in 1994 at age 27. Klemm’s father served throughout the Vietnam Struggle and deliberate to maintain his household there if the result of the struggle was totally different. The Klemm-Plousha bond was actually meant to be.
STADFORD GLOVER & LEAH BRAATZ
Leah Braatz, a four-time first-team All-American softball participant at Arizona from 1995-98, met former Wildcat linebacker Stadford Glover on campus. Stadford performed for Dick Tomey from 1997-99. They’ve two sons and a daughter. The household lives within the Phoenix space.
ANDY BARNES & ERIKA HANSON
Whereas taking part in softball for Arizona, Erika Hanson met her husband, Andy Barnes, a former Wildcat golfer. Their wedding ceremony celebration included three Arizona golfers, 5 softball gamers, one feminine swimmer and three male swimmers. Softball coach Mike Candrea and golf coach Rick LaRose spoke on the reception. Erika was a part of the 2001 nationwide championship softball staff. She graduated in 2001 with a B.S. in Communications and a minor in American Signal Language and was a NFCA Scholar-Athlete All-American. She joined the athletic division administration in 2005 and was elevated to senior affiliate athletic director after the retirement of long-time administrator Rocky LaRose. She was Arizona’s interim athletic director after Greg Byrne left for Alabama.
TEDY BRUSCHI & HEIDI BOMBERGER
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A lot of Tedy Bruschi’s energy via a protracted soccer profession and overcoming a stroke might be attributed to former Arizona volleyball participant Heidi Bomberger. He met Bomberger at Arizona after she starred at Sahuaro Excessive College. Tedy and Heidi married in 1997 — an excellent yr for Arizona athlete marriages with as many as three happening. In his e book “By no means Give Up” Tedy credit Heidi for getting his life on monitor from a bout with alcoholism, together with whereas at Arizona. He describes her as a hero. The next image exhibits Heidi with their youngsters standing by Tedy when he was honored by the New England Patriots in 2010.
LUKE WALTON & BRE LADD
Luke Walton met his bride Bre Ladd at McKale Heart in 2002 when Walton was starring for Lute Olson’s program and Ladd was a standout for David Rubio’s volleyball staff. They didn’t begin courting till three years later. When his professional basketball profession was winding down, Luke proposed to Bre on Christmas Eve of 2012. Their wedding ceremony was in Aspen, Colo., on Aug. 17, 2013, with the Rocky Mountains because the backdrop. Former Arizona teammate Richard Jefferson was Walton’s finest man.
TONY MILO & KATIE SWAN
Thank goodness former Arizona left-handed pitcher Tony Milo caught it out and attended Arizona in 1996 fairly than go professional after the New York Mets drafted him within the seventh spherical that yr. Tony and Arizona softball prospect Katie Swan began taking part in similtaneously freshmen in 1996, after they met at McKale Heart. They dated all through their productive Arizona careers and later married in 2004.
NICK FOLES & TORI MOORE
Former Arizona quarterback Nick Foles grew to become engaged to his longtime girlfriend, former Wildcat volleyball standout Tori Moore, in February 2014. They had been married shortly thereafter. They dated since their days at Arizona from 2009 to 2011. Foles isArizona’s most prolific profession passer who earned a Tremendous Bowl MVP with the Philadelphia Eagles. Their second youngster, Duke Nathan, was born on June 12. Their daughter Lily James is 3.
ED STOKES & CHRISTY CAROLIN
Former Arizona basketball participant Ed Stokes and highly-touted swimmer Christy Carolin met throughout their Wildcat careers within the early 1990s. Carolin, from Capistrano Valley, Calif., started her Arizona swimming profession a yr after Stokes began taking part in for Lute Olson after prepping in Los Angeles. The couple and their three kids reside in Scottsdale.
HARVEY MASON & JEANNINE SHARP
Harvey Mason met Arizona volleyball participant Jeannine Sharp after they attended Arizona within the late 1980’s. Mason’s profession after basketball has blossomed right into a profitable one within the leisure enterprise as a six-time Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, report producer and film producer. Their son Trey performed briefly at Arizona as a walk-on. He’s the primary offspring of two Arizona athletes showcased to play for the Wildcats. In addition they have a daughter named Mia, who was a sand volleyball participant with Arizona.
JOE LONGACRE & SHAYLYN SCOTT
Joe Longacre is one in all three Arizona offensive linemen to tie the knot with a fellow Wildcat athlete on this submit. Joe and former Arizona soccer standout Shaylyn Scott, who additionally goes by Rae Richelle, had been married March 7, 2015. Shaylyn was a member of Arizona’s 2004 Pac-10 championship staff as a freshman. Longacre was a stalwart on the road without any consideration guard from 2005 to 2008 defending quarterback Willie Tuitama. The couple now resides in Katy, Texas, Joe’s hometown. Shaylyn is a instructor and Joe works with a non-profit regional well being care supplier. They’ve a 3-year-old daughter named Harper.
RONNIE PALMER & LAUREN SCHUTZLER
Ronnie Palmer was a four-year beginning linebacker for the Wildcats from 2005-08 and was chosen a staff captain whereas main his staff to Arizona’s first bowl sport in 10 years (Las Vegas Bowl in 2008). He earned his bachelor’s diploma in social and behavioral sciences from Arizona in 2009. Lauren Schutzler was a four-year starter in heart subject for Arizona, making three Ladies’s School World Sequence appearances. She graduated from the Arizona in 2011 with a serious in historical past and minor in sociology. The Palmers, who married in 2013, now reside in Monterey, Calif., the place Ronnie is the pinnacle coach of Monterey Peninsula School.
DONALD HORTON JR. & TIFFANY OWENS
Donald Horton Jr., who’s now a police officer in Lexington, Ky., was a four-year letter-winner and two-year starter at defensive sort out at Arizona. He performed in two bowl video games and was a nominee for the Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award in 2010 and was nominated for the NCAA Management Convention. Initially from DeSoto, Texas, he earned his B.S. in household research from Arizona in 2010. Owens was a standout outdoors hitter for David Rubio’s volleyball program for 4 years till 2010 and performed abroad as a professional. They had been married in Might 2012 and have two sons.
KYLE QUINN & KENZIE FOWLER
Kenzie Fowler, the previous Canyon del Oro and Arizona softball pitching standout, married two-time All-Pac-12 choice Kyle Quinn, a former Wildcat offensive lineman. Fowler now could be commentator on softball video games for the Pac-12 Community. Quinn served as a graduate assistant with the soccer program and was additionally an assistant at Marana Excessive College. Fowler and Quinn dated for greater than six years till Quinn proposed to Fowler.
CJ PARISH & KRISTEN ARRIOLA
Former softball standout Kristen Arriola and soccer participant CJ Parish married in 2017. Arriola was a part of Mike Candrea’s program from 2009-12 as a second baseman. Parish performed linebacker for Mike Stoops from 2008-11. Parish performed on the identical line of defense (as an finish) with Brooks Reed, Ricky Elmore and D’Aundre Reed as a senior in 2011.
NATHAN SHERMAN & DEANNA GRAHAM
Former Arizona gymnast Deanna Graham and baseball participant Nathan Sherman had been married in 2014. Sherman signed as a catcher for Andy Lopez’s staff in 2011 out of Scottsdale Chaparral. Earlier than he might contribute, he was pressured to retire as a consequence of a torn ACL. Graham is a local Tucsonan who graduated from Desert Christian Excessive College. She was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week thrice. In 2011, she certified within the All Round for the NCAA Championships and was named First Workforce Pac-10 All-Convention within the All Round in 2010 and ’11. Graham owns the Coronary heart and Soul gymnastics and dance studio in Tucson. They’ve a daughter named Ayla.
NATE CAMPBELL & CRISTINA BAENA
Nate Campbell, a former soccer participant at CDO and Arizona, and ex-Wildcat golfer Cristina Baena, are one other match made in McKale. Baena, who graduated with Campbell from CDO in 1997, was a standout golfer for Arizona from 1998 to 2001. She is the sister of Marisa Baena, one other former Arizona golfer who went on to the LPGA. Campbell was a flawless lengthy snapper for the Wildcats underneath Dick Tomey from 1997 to 2000. Nate is now a captain of the Tucson Hearth Division and Cristina is an account supervisor at Crest Insurance coverage Group. They’ve two kids.
JASON RANNE & KATIE JOHNSON
Jason Ranne was a walk-on basketball participant for Lute Olson from 2000 to 2004. Ranne grew to become the Chief Working Officer & Govt VP (Workforce Sports activities) at Wasserman Media Group , LLC — sports activities advertising and expertise administration firm based mostly in Los Angeles — after he was the Director of Strategic Planning with the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder. Katie, who led Arizona’s gymnastics staff to the 2002 NCAA nationals, has a background additionally within the sports activities and leisure enterprise working for the Anschutz Leisure Group. They’ve two sons, Andrew and Luke.
JUSTIN WESSEL & STEFANI SARAGOSA
Justin Wessel performed for Lute Olson from 1997 to 2001. He redshirted in 1996-97, so he was a part of two Arizona groups that made it to the NCAA title sport (1997 and 2001). Justin works in industrial actual property within the San Diego space. Stefani was a standout for David Rubio’s volleyball staff from 1999 to 2002. She ranks within the prime 10 in profession hitting share, block assists and complete blocks. She has labored with the Boys & Ladies Membership of Carmel Valley as a college director. They’ve three youngsters.
R.J. MORGAN & ALEX LAVINE
R.J. Morgan is a former linebacker at Arizona who was in this system from 2013 to 2016. He and Central Pointe (Ore.) Crater Excessive College teammate Derrick Turituri made headlines leaving the land of the Geese and Beavers for Tucson in Wealthy Rodriguez’s second season. Alex Lavine was a shortstop and outfielder in Mike Candrea’s program from 2011 to 2014. In 165 video games in her profession, she dedicated solely 12 errors, together with solely two in her final three seasons.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer, author and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Membership award winner. He’s a former Arizona Each day Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball staff, together with when the Wildcats received the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has additionally written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports activities, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting Information and Baseball America, amongst many different publications. He has additionally authored the e book “The Highest Type of Residing”, which is offered at Amazon.