Longtime sportscaster Dave Sitton dies

Dave votes on election day of his campaign for a congressional seat. Image by Facebook

Longtime sportscaster Dave Sitton dies

By Ina Ronquillo, Laura Kittell. CREATED Aug 12, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Longtime sports broadcaster and Arizona congressional candidate Dave Sitton, 58, has passed away.

Officials with Tucson Medical Center confirmed his death on Monday morning.

Dave Sitton became head rugby Coach at the University of Arizona at the age of 22, and never stopped.  His Wildcats competed around the globe, regularly playing matches from Edinburgh, Scotland to Christ Church, New Zealand.  In all, he Coached and mentored over 1100 student athletes at the University of Arizona.

In addition, he was in business, working for the Anheuser-Busch family as well as Clear Channel Communications, he hosted political talk radio shows and play-by-play commentary for intercollegiate sports on FOX Sports Net. Most recently he hosted The Daily Male and Weekend Warrior on 104.1 The Truth for Journal Broadcast Group in Tucson. 

Jim Arnold, Vice President and General Manager of Journal Broadcast Group said "I am so saddened by the loss of one of Tucson's icons. Dave Sitton gave so much to this community in so many ways. A truly caring, dedicated and humble servant to the people of Tucson and far beyond. He will leave a void, but a lasting memory for so many of us. I will miss my friend."

Dave studied under some of the greatest coaches in the United States.  He built relationships with Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Kindall, Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, Hall of Fame member Bart Starr, and others.

Dave also published a book titled "You Can Act Like a Man" which covers a range of simple but dynamic concepts for 18-24 year old men.

His unique coaching, business and broadcasting backgrounds provided him fundamental skills necessary to Coach the nation's 18-24 year old population.