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PCC hires former Yavapai assistant coach to head men’s basketball

PCC hires former Yavapai assistant coach to head men’s basketball

Story and photo by JAMES KELLEY

Pima Community College has picked former Yavapai College assistant coach Gabriel Van Guse as its new men’s basketball head coach.

On July 14, the PCC Board of Governors approved the selection of Van Guse to be the Aztecs’ third coach in three years. Yavapai eliminated its men’s and women’s basketball programs last February because of state budget cuts.

Van Guse replaces Roderick Gary, who stepped down after one season. Gary replaced Karl Pieroway, who resigned after two seasons.

Van Guse will be a part-time employee.

At Yavapai, Van Guse was in charge of the Roughriders’ defense and coached the guards. He was also in charge of recruiting, looking for players in Washington, Oregon, Northern California and Arizona. Pima does not recruit out-of-state athletes.

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Last year, the Aztecs went 5-23 and 2-20 in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. They lost to Yavapai (11-19, 8-14) 103-95 in Prescott and 80-75 in Tucson.

Van Guse was an assistant coach at YC for two years, after leading the Prescott (Ariz.) High School boys’ varsity squad and the Joseph City (Ariz.) High School team.

Van Guse graduated from the University of Washington Tacoma with a degree in philosophy, and attended Tacoma Community College.

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Sept. 2003: Brian Peabody hired
May 2004: Peabody resigns
Oct. 2004: Mario Ramirez hired
March 2008: Ramirez fired
June 2008: Karl Pieroway hired
April 2010: Pieroway resigns
May 2010: Pieroway rehired
May 2010: Pieroway resigns
July 2010: Roderick Gary hired
April 2011: Gary resigns
July 2011: Gabriel Van Guse hired

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UA hires coach of PCC softball’s arch rival

UA hires coach of PCC softball’s arch rival

By JAMES KELLEY
2007 Aztec Press file photo by KAT TURNER

The University of Arizona has hired Yavapai College softball head coach and former Pima Community College skipper Stacy Iveson to coach their pitchers and catchers.

Iveson played catcher for UA head coach Mike Candrea and is a former assistant UA coach. She won four national championships as a community college head coach, in 2004 and 2006 at Pima and in 2009 and 2011 at Yavapai.

“I am thrilled to come back home to Tucson and have the opportunity to work beside my mentor,” Iveson said in a press release. “I look forward to working with the highly talented group of student-athletes at Arizona and being a part of the amazing Wildcat athletics department.”

Iveson has been at Yavapai since 2008. She was the head coach at Pima from 2002-2007 and also coached the Arizona Heat pro team from 2005-2007. She coached the varsity at Salpointe Catholic High School from 1991-1994.

Stacy Iveson coaches Pima in 2007.

She played softball for UA from 1986-1989 and served as an assistant UA coach from 1996-2001.

“I have so much history on the UA campus and in Hillenbrand Stadium and am proud to be a part of the Wildcat softball family and all the tradition,” she said in the press release.

When Iveson left Pima in 2007, she started the Yavapai softball program from scratch. The Roughriders became a thorn in the side of PCC, with Yavapai ending the Aztecs’ season in the Regional championship game in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The Daily Courier in Prescott, Ariz., reported that top Yavapai assistant coach and PCC alumna Lisa Parks will take over as interim head coach. Parks, a two-time All-American at Pima, led the Aztecs to the 2004 championship.

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