(courtesy photo)
(courtesy photo)

Eleven state championship titles in 28 years is part of what fielded Seton Catholic Preparatory High School’s varsity softball coach an honor all his own. Jerry Mullin will be inducted into the 9th Annual Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Feb. 9.

Mullin’s program has reportedly been voted the Best High School Softball Program in Arizona over the past 25 seasons on AZCentral.com. His teams have won at every level from 2A through 4A-II.

“The values students receive in the classroom and on the playing field help them face the challenges of life,” Mullin said.

Many of his athletes have gone on to compete in Division I college softball.

“He motivates his players by providing us with opportunities to improve during practice and with a competitive schedule,” said Lisa Wrangler, Seton Catholic Prep alumnus and a member of the 1998 State Championship team.

Mullin, a parishioner at Queen of Peace in Mesa, has been with Seton Catholic Prep since 1985 in both a teaching and a coaching capacity. When he’s not wearing his coaching hat, Mullin serves as director of the Guidance Counseling Department.

“Having known and worked with Jerry Mullin for over 20 years, I can honestly say he gives his all to his students at Seton Catholic Prep every day, but Jerry lives for his softball team,” said Patricia Collins, Seton Catholic Prep principal.

Mullin’s accomplishments, along with those of six other individuals and one team, will be celebrated at the 9th Annual Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Lunch at 11 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Tickets are $15 and are available through the box office or online.