Seton Catholic girls basketball coach Karen Self gives some pointers to sophomore Megan Giacobbi.
Special to the Tribune

Karen Self marked her 25th year as the head coach of Seton Catholic Prep girls basketball in high style.

Or rather, the Arizona Interscholastic Association did by inducting her into the Arizona High School Athletics Coaches Hall of Fame on April 30 and giving her the 4A-6A Coach of the Year Award on May 15.

“The dedication of Coach Self has set the bar high for her team and for our overall athletic program,” said Seton Catholic Prep Athletic Director Matt Mayo. “She not only knows how to win, her leadership and development of our student-athletes on and off the court is exceptional, and her players go on to do great things.”   

Self was selected as one of 12 finalists – the only high school coach from Arizona – by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association WBCA for the 2017 U.S. Marine Corps/WBCA National High School Coach of the Year.

Under Self’s leadership this season, the Lady Sentinels posted their ninth state championship as well as their second invitation as one of four girls’ teams in the country to compete in the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals, held annually in New York and televised live on ESPN.

Self’s coaching also has brought glory to some individual players.

Twin seniors LeeAnne and Jenn Wirth – the last of five sisters to play for Self – will attend Gonzaga University in the fall.           

Finishing the season at 29-4, Seton Catholic was ranked No. 13 on USA Today Sports’ Super 25 Expert Rankings.

Over the course of her coaching career at Seton thus far, Self has led the Lady Sentinels to 655 wins and 13 state title games since the team’s first appearance in 1996.

Nine state titles range from 2A through Division II/4A and account for more than any other girls’ coach in Arizona history.  

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