Canyon Del Oro is expected to name Keith Francis as their head baseball coach. Francis previously coached the Dorados in the early 2000’s.
Francis coached at CDO from 2000-2004 before moving on to be an assistant at Pima College and the University of Arizona. His bio at the University of Arizona states that he guided the Dorados to state titles in 2000 and 2002, but according to AllSportsTucson.com the AIA credits Kent Winslow with the 2002 title. He was 115-32 at his first sting at CDO where he also coached former Major Leaguers Brian Anderson and Ian Kinsler.
Prior to his first sting at CDO, Francis coached at Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City where he coached Major League All-Star Albert Pujols. He was also an assistant at Central Missouri State.
He originally resigned in 2004 because the Pima opportunity came open and because CDO was moving from 5A to 4A and had seen a decrease in overall student population.
"I didn't want to play that 4A schedule," Francis said in a 2004 Explorer article. "The timing was right, I figured I might as well do it."