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.
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.