By Sam Conner–
Winslow High School Athletic Director and retired girls’ basketball coach Don Petranovich received a lifetime achievement award from the National High School Athletics Coaches Association at a banquet held recently in Grand Rapids, Mich.
He retired in 2010 after winning his eighth Arizona State Championship with a victory over Window Rock. Petranovich’s career record of 778 wins and 159 losses in 41 years of coaching, all at Winslow High School, is more than any coach in state history. He was replaced by his assistant and junior varsity coach, Jarron Jordan.
Blue Ridge High School football coach Paul Moro was honored at the same meeting by the organization. Moro led Blue Ridge to the 3A finals last season before losing to Show Low. Moro has won 11 state championships at Blue Ridge during his illustrious career. This was the third time he was up for the national award, and the first time he won.
Mesa Mountain View High School boys’ track and field coach Robbie Robinson also won national honors, but his were from a different organization, the National High School Coaches Association.
Petranovich has been active in sports in Winslow as an athlete, a coach and currently as athletic director. He has also seen time as an official, and is one of sports’ most enthusiastic and successful supporters. The WHS gymnasium has been named for him. He has also been active in the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), serving on the board of directors among other things. He organized one of the most successful and prestigious girls’ basketball tournaments in the Southwest with the Winslow Winter Classic.