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Sports Archives: Pima preps for football in 2000

Sports Archives: Pima preps for football in 2000

By MYLO ERICKSON Although Pima Community College’s football team didn’t kick off its initial season until 2001, there was plenty of preparation under way in 2000. Pima hired Sabino High School football coach Jeff Scurran, who led nationally ranked teams to state championships in 1990, ‘92 and ‘98. Once at PCC, Scurran started conditioning and […]

Spring Training: In late 1980s Pima pursued MLB teams

Spring Training: In late 1980s Pima pursued MLB teams

By MYLO ERICKSON   In the late 1980s, Pima Community College found itself in a bidding war to become a Major League Baseball spring training site. If the plan had passed, it would have added practice fields, batting cages and clubhouse facilities. The project was going to be split between downtown Tucson and West Campus. […]

From the Archives: Soccer stadium almost built

From the Archives: Soccer stadium almost built

By MYLO ERICKSON During the 1996 season when the Lady Aztec soccer team was running wild on the competition, 8-0 at the time, there were talks of building a stadium at West Campus. It would have been a 5,000 seat multi-sport stadium with all the bells and whistles. Furnished with broadcast-television lighting, restrooms, a practice […]

Pima athletic department forms in '74

Pima athletic department forms in ’74

By MYLO ERICKSON   In 1970, Pima Community College held its first classes in a hangar at Tucson International Airport, providing an alternative to pricey universities. Larry Toledo, who had taught and coached at Tucson’s Pueblo High School, was hired as a charter member of the PCC staff. He and a handful of other people […]

From the Archives: Fatality spurred changes

From the Archives: Fatality spurred changes

By Mylo Erickson On March 29, 1996, 20 players and coaches from the South Mountain Community College baseball team were traveling in three vans to play a game against conference rival Cochise Community College. One van blew a tire on Interstate 10 just outside Casa Grande at 4 p.m. The van flipped, seriously injuring three […]

Soto moves up in 2007

Soto moves up in 2007

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 […]

Judo Club found national success in 1970s

Judo Club found national success in 1970s

By AMY ZAMBRANO More than 40 years ago, when Pima Community College’s athletes played sports in clubs, a judo martial arts team competed at the national level. The Judo Club was very successful for five consecutive years in the 1970s. The Pima athletes competed at national championships, but fell short in their quest for a […]

From the archives: Cross country first PCC sport to bring national recognition

From the archives: Cross country first PCC sport to bring national recognition

BY AMY ZAMBRANO Thirty-five years ago, the Pima Community College cross country “great pumpkins” headed to Farmingdale, N.Y., to represent Arizona and PCC at the junior college cross country national competition. The national competition came after PCC won a state championship and a regional title with an undefeated record of 10-0. The 1976 cross country […]

FROM THE SPORTS ARCHIVES  Former Pima player made it to the NBA

FROM THE SPORTS ARCHIVES Former Pima player made it to the NBA

  By MYLO ERICKSON   Horacio Llamas Grey, born in Rosario, Sinaloa, Mexico, is the only Pima Community College basketball player to make it to the National Basketball Association. Llamas, who didn’t learn to play basketball until he was 15, was also the first Mexican-born player drafted into the NBA. The 6 foot 11 inch, […]

From the archives: Bithell has coached volleyball for a decade

From the archives: Bithell has coached volleyball for a decade

By MYLO ERICKSON   Dan Bithell has been the head coach of the Aztec Women’s Volleyball team since 2000 when he took over for Heather Moore. Bithell was the assistant coach for the team for six years prior.  The season before Bithell replaced Moore as the head coach of the Lady Aztecs, they’re record was […]

Storm vs. Aztecs: PCC tries to ignite East vs. West rivalry

Storm vs. Aztecs: PCC tries to ignite East vs. West rivalry

By JOEL GANTT Not every Pima Community College team was called the “Aztecs,” the football team used to go by “Storm.” When the football team was formed, the Storm was the name chosen after a vote was taken from students, faculty and staff. “The team is going to be called the Storm, as if, there […]

Alday transforms baseball program in late 1970s

Alday transforms baseball program in late 1970s

By AMY ZAMBRANO The Pima Community College baseball team was struggling 37 years ago. The team was coming off of a 16-27 season where they went 8-18 in conference play. The Aztecs had to do something to improve for the next season. Rich Alday, then PCC baseball head coach, had faith in his team and […]

SPORTS FROM THE ARCHIVES: Women’s soccer enjoys wild success in 15-year history

SPORTS FROM THE ARCHIVES: Women’s soccer enjoys wild success in 15-year history

By LYNDAJOE ECHERIVEL 1996 File photo by JADE H. SULKOWSKI Fifteen years ago, Pima Community College’s first-ever women’s soccer team let their presence be known in their inaugural season. The Lady Aztecs, as they were intitally known, started off their season with a win against Mesa Community College and placed second in the Southern California […]