Online Extra: Men’s basketball coach Karl Pieroway steps down, again

By James Kelley

For the second time in less than a month, the Karl Pieroway era of Pima Community College men’s basketball has ended.

Pieroway resigned on May 13, nine days after he returned to Pima as a full-time head coach. He first quit on April 20, citing the pressures of trying to coach and teach middle school math.

Pieroway’s temporary upgrade to full-time head coach prompted a restructuring of the athletic department that also saw women’s head basketball coach Todd Holthaus become full time. In addition, executive athletic director Edgar Soto stepped down as head baseball coach and Jerry Stitt’s position as assistant athletic director was eliminated.

Pima will now search for a replacement for Pieroway on a “half-time” basis.

Check back with for updates on the basketball coaches, the baseball coach search and other summer news.

Pieroway timeline

June 2008: Hired as Pima’s men’s basketball coach
2008-09: His first team goes 10-20
Dec. 2, 2009: Aztecs upset No. 6 Phoenix College
Jan. 23, 2010: Aztecs upset No. 16 Cochise College
March 6, 2010: Aztecs upset top-seeded Phoenix, their second Regional tournament road win in a row, to advance to Nationals
March 20, 2010: Aztecs finish fifth at Nationals
April 20, 2010: Pieroway resigns as head coach
May 4, 2010: Rehired as a full-time head coach
May 13, 2010: Resigns

One thought on “Online Extra: Men’s basketball coach Karl Pieroway steps down, again”

  1. Pieroway has left the basketball program in a shamefull situation. These kids looked up to him and he left them hanging…shame on you Karl!! Pima has a great opportunity to have Jim Rosborough become the next leader as head coach and would be a shame if he is not elected!!! “Come on Pima… don’t screw this up”!! Jim will bring big excitement to the program along with recognition in the media. GO AZTECS MENS BASKETBALL 2010-2011!!!

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