Browne Football Stadium Named for Long-Time Coach
Posted by Community Relations Department at 8/22/2012
For 29 years, Coach Bill Mitton and the Trevor Browne Bruins Football teams were synonymous with success. He started the program soon after the school opened in 1972, and in Trevor Browne’s 40th Anniversary year, the football stadium will be named in his honor. The Phoenix Union Governing Board unanimously approved the recommendation at the August 9 Board Meeting, in front of dozens of family, friends, and former players of Mitton.
Mitton won 206 games at Trevor Browne, and coined the Bruins, the “Pride of the West Side.” His teams were regulars in the playoffs, winning 15 regional titles, and from 1980-82 the Bruins played in the State Championship games, winning the title in 1981. His teams made the playoffs a record-19 consecutive years. When he retired in 2000, he was only one of four Arizona coaches to have won more than 200 games at the same high school. Mitton is a member of the Arizona Coaches Hall of Fame and was recently named one of Arizona’s best high school coaches by azcentral.com.
Business teacher Phil Kohm, who organized the Trevor Browne Hall of Fame last year, spearheaded the effort to name the stadium after Mitton. The official ceremony will take place as part of the school’s 40th Anniversary celebration, September 14 when the Bruins host Central High School at Bill Mitton Stadium.
“I thought about what is the importance of this. I think it is to connect the past with the future,” Mitton said at the board meeting. “I hope that Trevor Browne will continue to be the Pride of Westside. Thank you. This is quite an honor for me and my family.”