Seton Catholic Preparatory head girls’ basketball coach Karen Self has had a decorated career during her time as a Sentinel. In nearly 30 years as the program’s head, her teams have collected 12 state titles and over 700 wins during her career. Her program’s success has earned numerous coaching accolades throughout the years.
She now gets to call herself and her state title teams Chandler Sports Hall of Famers, as the committee recently announced they will be inducting Self and honoring her teams as part of the Class of 2023 in February.
“I am incredibly honored to be recognized by the City of Chandler Sports Hall of Fame,” Self said. There are so many incredibly talented people in the Hall of Fame. To stand alongside them is a very humbling thought. I'm also excited to honor our past championship teams.”
Self arrived at Seton Catholic in 1993 and started building, working up to her first state title in 1997. From that point on, her teams have regularly reached the championship game, winning 11 more state titles and finishing as runners up in five more, all while notching 26 straight region titles along the way.
Not only have her programs had success on the court, through her positive guidance and character building, her teams have garnered respect and praise in the community for their sportsmanship and how they handle themselves as representatives of Seton Catholic, as evidence by earning the AIA Sportsmanship award multiple times.
Through it all, Self has been named Coach of the Year at the state level multiple times, was named NFHS Coach of the Year during the 2016-17 season and was a 2017 inductee into the Arizona High School Coaches Hall of Fame.
Despite all of the awards, what means the most to her is the impact that she has had in her athlete’s lives and the community.
“Working daily to help develop our current players, it's hard to put into context the impact of a career,” Self said. “But, ultimately, that is the goal of every coach, to make an impact. When I look down our bench and see 3 alums coaching with me, attending graduations, weddings, and baby showers, is really when I get a sense of the impact of being a part of this amazing community. Anyone who truly knows me understands that my players are my why. Without them, none of this is possible.”
The ceremony for the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2023 will be held on February 18, 2023.