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Joe Muecke

Saguaro High School

4A-6A Coach of the Year Recipient

Joe Muecke was named head baseball coach of Saguaro High School in the fall of 2013, there was a genuine interest in enhancing the reach of the program beyond the field and into the community. On the field, Coach Muecke has lead the Sabercats to the playoffs in 4 of the past 6 seasons. With an overall record of 104 – 75. As a Special Education Teacher in Scottsdale Unified since 2008, Coach Muecke was named Scottsdale’s Teacher of the Year with students with Disabilities in 2012. He currently works with students with Autism at Saguaro High School. Having spent the previous 7 years as an assistant coach, and being part of Back-to-Back State Championships with the Saguaro baseball program, he felt one area could have a large impact on the culture of the program. Having grown up in the SUSD community, Coach Muecke’s goal was to enlighten what it means to have multiple treasures. Giving of your time, to impact the lives of others, is one of the most powerful.

In his first season as head coach, Coach Muecke made it his priority to create a “family” atmosphere for his players and coaching staff. Saguaro Baseball became heavily involved with volunteer work, in line with its new mantra, “Men of Character”. As a member of the baseball program, Coach Muecke provides opportunities for each player in the program to complete a certain number of community service hours over their off-season time. Players and coaches have on multiple occasions volunteered at the Miracle League of Arizona, a non-profit organization that allows children with disabilities and special needs to enjoy the game of baseball. Worked with Franciscan Renewal Center and effort an annual blanket drive to/for the Andre House, cleaned community parks, participated in fundraiser walks, toy drives, Operation Christmas Child, served at the Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and most recently hosted our first Autism Awarness Game.

Coach Muecke says, “As participants of the Saguaro High School baseball team, the “Men of Character” portion of the program has been a great way for the boys to learn to respect the process, handle leadership, accountability, teamwork, and most importantly - being the best version of yourself.” A person’s character, who they represent (self, family and school) is more to be praised than outstanding talent. For Saguaro Baseball players, the vehicle is baseball, but who we strive to be as “Men of Character” helps each player develop these lifelong skills along the way.


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Events for the week of May 20, 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

Executive Board Meeting - 8:30 am - 11:00 am

AIA Bask AD HOC Meeting - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Golf Debriefing Meeting - 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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