Jay Dobyns resigns as Tanque Verde coach after leading Hawks to first playoff appearance

Jay Dobyns brought the Tanque Verde program to life when he took over in 2020 (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Former Sahuaro and Arizona standout receiver Jay Dobyns announced via Twitter on Saturday that he was stepping down as head coach of Tanque Verde after a successful three-year run in the once inactive program.

Dobyns was 15-9 at Tanque Verde, including a 5-6 record this year in a season the Hawks finished in the first round of the 2A state playoffs. The 15th-seeded Hawks lost 32-0 to No. 2 Morenci on Friday.

It was the first playoff in Tanque Verde’s 16-year history. In his three years with the program, Dobyns surpassed the program’s win total in the previous eight seasons (14-66 record).

Dobyns has a coaching background at the Tucson Youth Football & Spirit Federation and at Salpointe, where his son Jack was a standout tight end.

“It has been wonderful coaching youth and high school sports in Tucson for over 25 years,” Dobyns wrote in his statement. “A lot of the ‘wonder’ that I have enjoyed is due to all of the people who have touched my life in so many positive ways.”

His letter also thanks Salpointe, opposing coaches and members of the media for making “my life better every day you were there.”

“The wins, the losses, the ups and downs will fade with time,” he added. “These are the relationships that will last.”

Longtime friend and training partner of Dobyns John Williamsgraduated from Sahuaro with Dobyns in 1980, told me he intended to join Sahuaro’s coaching staff next season after serving as defensive coordinator for Tanque Verde for the past three seasons.

The Cougars are coached by Al-Alexanderwho was part of the staff of Salpointe under Denis Bene with Dobyns and Williams. Bene coached the offensive line this season for Alexander at Sahuaro.


Javier Morales, publisher, writer and editor of ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com, is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News, and Baseball America, among many other publications. He is also the author of the book “The Highest Form of Living”, available on Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is currently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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