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2 longtime prep coaches to be inducted into SUU’s hall of fame

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It will be a homecoming of sorts for longtime Richfield High basketball and baseball coach Bob Cuff when he returns to Cedar City tonight to be one of two graduates inducted into Southern Utah University's Coaching Factory Hall of Fame, bringing the total to 11.

Cuff, who is in his 38th and final year of coaching, along with longtime Bingham football coach and current Cyprus High football coach Sonny Sudbury, will be honored at a banquet prior to SUU's Mid Continent Conference game with Valparaiso, and then they will be introduced at halftime.

The two coaches have a combined 77 years of coaching experience.

"It definitely has a special meaning as far as Cedar and Southern Utah," said Cuff, who grew up in Cedar City. "That (the honor) has a lot of meaning for me when you consider what Steve (Lunt) has done for so many of us as teachers, educators and coaches. He has had a tremendous impact on so many of us."

Cuff, who also taught briefly at Wayne and Jordan, was the head basketball coach at Richfield for 20 years and the Wildcats won 10 region titles and three state crowns, including the first-ever won by the school in 1977.

He is also in his 32nd year as the baseball coach, and under his watch the Wildcats won their one and only baseball title in 1997.

Cuff graduated in 1968 with a degree in physical education. He also played basketball for Boyd Adams.

Sudbury attended SUU when it made the transition from a junior college, to three-year and then a four-year college. He played football and baseball and was on the baseball team that finished sixth in the Junior College World Series in the mid-1960s.

Sudbury, who is completing his 39th year, coached at South Summit for two years, Tooele for five years, Bingham for 23 years and he's now in his sixth year at his alma mater, Cyprus High.

As the baseball coach at Bingham in the early 1970s, his teams won three consecutive state championships.

"Coach (Bruce) Osborne, Coach (Cleo) Petty and Coach (Steve) Lunt were great examples for me to follow," Sudbury said. "I believed in them quite a bit and they were super to me."

Sudbury graduated in 1966 with a degree in physical education and a minor in sociology.

Along with honoring Cuff and Sudbury, SUU will honor 26 graduate college and high school coaches, who played for state championships last year.

On the college level, Dixie State softball coach Randy Wilstead and College of Southern Nevada baseball coach Tim Chambers were named the Region 18 coaches of the year in their respective sports.

Currently, more than 330 head coaches, assistants and athletic directors in the state of Utah are SUU graduates.

The other nine members of the Hall of Fame are: Herb Stinson (wrestling coach in New Mexico); Dean Fowles (Delta); Dave Houle (Mountain View); Ferril Heaton (Valley); Rodger Fairless (Nevada); Evan Wilson (Nevada); John Hoover (Pleasant Grove, Cottonwood); Dan Pattison (journalist who coined phrase "Coaching Factory"); and George Curtis (BYU).


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