The University of Arizona

Dave Sitton Made 'Immeasurable' Contributions to UA, Tucson Community

By University Communications, August 12, 2013

Dave Sitton was the voice of Arizona football and basketball on television.

Dave Sitton
Dave Sitton

Dave Sitton, a former University of Arizona baseball player, longtime UA rugby coach and the voice of Arizona football and basketball on television, has died of a heart attack at age 58.

Sitton called UA football and basketball games from 1990-2012, winning two Emmy awards. He also served as marketing director for The University of Arizona Cancer Center and was active in a number of local charities.

UA President Ann Weaver Hart issued the following statement regarding Sitton:

"The University of Arizona family mourns the loss of one of our own and extends our condolences to the family of Dave Sitton, who died today.

"Dave was the award-winning voice and personality behind Arizona football and basketball for more than a decade and the coaching force behind UA rugby. A 1978 alum of UA, he came to play baseball as a student and graduated to become one of Tucson's best known community advocates.

"A tireless supporter for everything he loved at UA and Tucson, Dave also worked for the UA Cancer Center, marketing it to Arizona and the world. He teamed up with legendary basketball Coach Lute Olson to hold the Wildcat Dream Invitational dinner that raised funds for cancer research. He was vocal in his credit to the UA doctors and nurses who helped him win his own battle with cancer. Dave featured many of them on his radio program, 'Act Against Cancer,' offering information and inspiration to thousands every Sunday."

UA Athletics Director Greg Byrne also issued a statement:

"It is with tremendous sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of Dave Sitton, and express our condolences to his family and friends. Few people have touched so many in our community like Dave. His contributions to Arizona athletics, the University of Arizona, and the Tucson community are immeasurable. He impacted so many lives through his tireless work with various organizations and was a positive influence for anyone who had the opportunity to spend time with him. His passion, personality and presence will be sorely missed but never forgotten."

You can read more about Sitton in this article in the Arizona Daily Star.