Legendary athlete, educator, coach, referee, family man & friend Dean Metz passed away todayby Andy Morales on Jul. 01, 2013, under Sports
Dean Metz (1935-2013)
I met Dean when I was just a young student teacher at Amphi Junior High way back in 1986. Barely 21-years-old, I had no idea who he was or what he meant to the local community. To me, he was just an administrator who commanded respect through his gentle and friendly manner.
I was spoiled to think that all administrators would be like him. If only.
Later, when I became a leader of my colleagues through our education association, Dean would always give me a quiet yet firm thumbs up for what we were trying to accomplish for the teachers and families of the Amphitheater School District.
I found it odd, however, that he was retired yet was still coaching middle school girl’s basketball at Coronado K-8 and officiating middle school volleyball. Just who was this guy?
Dean played on one of the first Little League teams in Tucson and played baseball and basketball at Amphi High School before moving on to play basketball at the University of Arizona (1957) where he could still be seen working the stat table on the sideline.
He became the head baseball coach at Canyon del Oro and led the Dorados to runner-up finishes in 1976 and 1978. He was inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
He was married to Jackie from 1955 to her passing in 2007. Together, Dean and Jackie had four children (Devon, Dale, Dion and Deborah).
Devon and Dale passed away when they were children. Dean and Jackie had two grandchildren (Alyssa Neufeldt and Jem Metz) and two great grandchildren (Michael and Maddux Neufeldt).
If any dates, accomplishments or names are wrong then I apologize to the Metz family. I know in the coming days more information will come out to fully explain all of Dean’s accomplishments. I am eternally grateful that Dean would always ask about my kids by their names. He was truly a great man and mentor.