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Arizona football to name new practice fields after Dick Tomey

Posted at 10:54 AM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 14:22:21-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona football is honoring the late Dick Tomey by naming its new outdoor practice fields after the legendary coach.

Tomey, who passed away in May, was UA's head football coach from 1987-2000. He posted a career record of 95-64-4, making him the all-time winningest coach in the program's history.

“Our Wildcat family is proud to honor Coach Tomey in a very special way,” said Vice President/Director of Athletics, Dave Heeke. “His legacy at the University of Arizona touched the lives of many and still resonates to this day. This tribute to an icon will forever embody his tremendous spirit and everlasting love for his players, the program, the university and the community.”

Tomey's son Rich says his father would be truly honored with this dedication. "It’s exactly spot-on. With the emphasis he put on preparation, it is very fitting to have the practice fields named after him. He put a lot into practice. He was very tough, but everyone knew he loved them and that he held everyone to the same standard. Once he was done coaching, everywhere he went, he always wanted to stand there and watch practice. It gives everyone a chance to compete and improve,” Rich said in a statement to Arizona Athletics.

Arizona Athletics says the naming presentation, as well as a dedication, is planned for later this season.

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