Coach of the year
Coach Tate, who is originally from Round Valley, majored in both education and exercise physiology. He has proven football success before coming to Tuba City High through his most recent tenure at San Juan High School for 11 years. During his assignment at San Juan High, Tate took his team to state for a total of nine times, winning four of state titles.
Part of what Tate attributes his success to is working a regular job that is focused on at-risk students, and he uses the same personal accountability and responsibility regimen that he developed for his at-risk students to help his football team in understanding group effort and community responsibility with personal accountability.
“My main focus at Tuba City has been to turn their football program around,” Tate said. “I can see the need for greater commitment, better focus and deeper understanding of community consciousness.
“I want my players to be better role models. Building character for these young men is the most important factor, because once you have that, winning will take care of itself.”
TC High senior Johanna Begay was named 3A Volleyball Player of the Year.
Begay, whose position is middle hitter/outside hitter, carries heavy volleyball statistics like 12 kills per game, four blocks per game and eight digs per game. Her past awards include 2002 Navajo Times All-Area All-Star Team, Coconino Merchants Classic All-Tourney and Arizona Republic Second Team. This year she also made the 2003 Navajo Times All Area All Star Team for Volleyball.
Head Volleyball Coach Jessica Segay notes that Begay has played four years on TC High’s varsity volleyball team and says Begay “is a dynamic volleyball player and a heavily sought after recruit by many junior colleges.