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.
“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.