Cortez Dedicates Gymnasium to Sharon Austerman

Cortez Dedicates Gymnasium to Sharon Austerman
October 2011- During a recent volleyball game, Cortez High School dedicated its North Gymnasium to Sharon Austerman, a long-time coach and teacher at CHS. Throughout her 31 year career at Cortez High School, Sharon Austerman coached, taught, and mentored over 8,000 students and athletes.

After graduating from Glendale High School, Ms. Austerman went to Grand Canyon University to become a teacher. Once her student teaching was completed, also at Cortez, she was hired for her first official year of teaching in 1965.

Ms. Austerman taught physical education and was the department chairperson for 18 years. She was also the co-sponsor of the Girls' Athletic Association on campus, helping to transition girls' athletics from a club type forum to the competitive sports status of today. She coached the pom line, volleyball, basketball, and track and field, and she was also the sponsor of the Cortez Letter Girls.

She has been honored by being named the Coach of the Year seven times and being inducted into the Arizona Coaches' Hall of Fame and the National High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

She has inspired students, staff, and fellow faculty members with her never say die attitude and high expectations for everyone. Without people like Sharon Austerman, girls' athletics would not be where they are today. 
Sharon Austerman
Sharon Austerman poses with her dedication sign. 
Reid Chitwood and Sharon Austerman
Reid Chitwood speaks about Sharon Austerman.