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Online Extra: New Basketball and Baseball coaches selected

Online Extra: New Basketball and Baseball coaches selected

Former Pima coach Roderick Gary named men’s head basketball coach

Former Pima, USA Baseball and Foothills coach Jason Hisey named head baseball coach

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Online Extra: Former Pima coach Roderick Gary named men’s head basketball coach

Online Extra: Former Pima coach Roderick Gary named men’s head basketball coach

By James Kelley
Photo courtesy PCC

Roderick Gary, a Pima Community College men’s basketball assistant coach in the 1980s and ‘90s and now a full-time employee, has been named Pima men’s head basketball coach.

Gary replaces Karl Pieroway, who spent two seasons at the helm and led the Aztecs to 7th place at nationals. Pieroway resigned in April, was rehired, then resigned again in May.

Gary coached at Pima in 1989-90 and 1998-99. From 1991-1997, he was an assistant boys’ coach at Sahuaro High School under Tucson coaching legend Dick McConnell.

“I appreciate the chance to contribute to one of the up-and-coming programs in the nation, and to make sure the young men succeed in the classroom as well as on the court,” Gary said in a press release.

He played basketball at Cochise College in 1976-77 and has been an Arizona Interscholastic Association-certified referee in Southern Arizona.

Gary is currently a full-time staff member at Pima and will continue in his role as program manager of PCC’s Information Center and the college’s outreach team.

Roderick Gary

“Rick loves the game and understands the importance of upholding the college’s tradition of academic achievement by its student-athletes,” Executive Director of Athletics Edgar Soto said in a press release.

Gary earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Northern Arizona University in 1980.

The Pima Community College Board of Governors must approve Gary’s appointment. Their next regular meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 11.

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Online Extra: Former Pima, USA Baseball and Foothills coach Jason Hisey named head baseball coach

Online Extra: Former Pima, USA Baseball and Foothills coach Jason Hisey named head baseball coach

By James Kelley
Photo courtesy PCC

Edgar Soto hired a familiar face, Jason Hisey, to succeed him as Pima Community College head baseball coach.

Soto, Pima’s executive director of athletics, stepped down as head baseball coach in May. Hisey was the Aztecs’ pitching coach from 2006-2008.

Pima won 105 games during those years, making the playoffs in 2006 and 2007. The 2006 Aztec pitching staff led the Arizona Community College Athletic Association with a 2.74 ERA.

In 2006, Hisey coached USA Baseball’s 18-and-under team to a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in Cuba. Hisey is also the president of the Southern Arizona Baseball Association.

Jason Hisey

From 1995-2005, Hisey was the head baseball coach at Catalina Foothills High School, where he led the Falcons to three state championship games, eight regional titles and a 256-78 win-loss record.

“Jason’s record speaks for itself. He has been successful at every level,” Soto said in a press release. “And he knows the college and appreciates the high scholastic standards we hold our student-athletes to.”

Hisey pitched for the University of Arizona from 1987-91 and then played in the minor leagues from 1991-93 in the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization.

He has a master’s degree in sports administration from the UA and a bachelor’s degree from UA in exercise sport science.

The Aztecs missed the playoffs in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The Pima Community College Board of Governors must approve Hisey’s appointment. Their next regular meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 11.

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