By MYLO ERICKSON
Pima Community College head baseball coach Edgar Soto received a promotion in the fall of 2007, when he was named executive director of athletics for Pima.
“I can’t say I miss it yet,” Soto said of his coaching position. “I have moments when I miss it, but my job as athletic director keeps me busy and I really enjoy being involved with all the teams.”
He is a native Tucsonan, and went to the University of New Mexico on a baseball scholarship. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a minor in communications.
Soto is a former U.S Marine, was a scout for the Milwaukee Brewers and was an assistant coach for Tucson High School and PCC.
By 2007, Soto had already been the head baseball coach for 10 years. He enjoyed success, noting that about 95 percent of his Pima baseball players moved on to four-year colleges. A few signed with professional teams.
Pima’s baseball team made the playoffs in both the 2006 and 2007 seasons under Soto.
Soto continued to coach the baseball team for a couple of years after adding his executive director duties. His pitching coach, Jason Hisey, replaced Soto as head coach in 2010.
In a 2007 interview, Soto described his executive job as “overseeing eligibility, taking care of databases, hiring coaches, budgeting for every team’s equipment and awarding scholarships. Anything with the word athletics in it, I am responsible for.”
Since then, Soto has accomplished numerous objectives. He has overseen renovations of the sports and fitness center and the tennis courts. There have been academic success, competitive teams and community outreach.
“The primary focus for our coaches is to mentor student-athletes and to impart to their players the values and attributes needed to be productive citizens,” Soto said.
Pima sports derive funding from fees, “making PCC sports a truly student-supported activity,” Soto said.
In the 2007 interview, Soto also said one thing he hoped to accomplish in the next two years was to keep his athletic director position.
It has been almost five years since he received the promotion, and he shows no signs of slowing down