Pasternack officially introduced

Arizona assistant Joe Pasternack was introduced on Monday and took the opportunity to talk about why he took the job, recruiting, and more.

Although he has been at work at Arizona for a few months now, assistant coach Joe Pasternack was officially introduced on Monday.

"I am really excited to be back here on the west coast and the Pac-12 now," Pasternack said. "I am very familiar with Arizona being with Cal for eight years and coming to the McKale Center for eight years in a row wasn't a great experience when you are on the other side, so I am excited to be on the different side of the bench now."

Throughout the process, Arizona coach Sean Miller took his time in order to make sure he was making a choice that he was comfortable with.

"It was a long process," Pasternack said. "He (Sean) met with a lot of different coaches and took probably a month or two and we had a lot of people we knew in common. It was a process and I had to be very patient in the process.

"He did his due diligence and losing your brother, from a head coaching standpoint, if you can have a brother or son as your assistant coach, that is the ultimate in trust. He wanted to make sure he got it right and I understood that and was patient in the whole process."

When the search started, Pasternack says he was attracted to the job because of the respect he has for Miller.

"What a well-respected teacher, coach; his record spoke for itself," Pasternack said. "Two 30 win seasons, two Elite Eights and in two years what he accomplished here at Arizona was incredible, so I was really excited to get to know him and what he had done this far at Arizona was exciting to me."

In addition, Pasternack believes that Arizona is close to being considered as one of the elite programs in the nation.

"What Coach (Lute) Olson built and the tradition of Arizona basketball, you just have to watch the NBA Finals to see the two national champion guards in Jason Terry and Mike Bibby to see that they are playing for a championship and then to see Derrick Williams get drafted number two," he said.

"He is the new age Arizona basketball player. That is exciting and I believe Arizona is on the verge of competing for championships year in and year out."

Coming from a head coaching job, it would be easy to assume that Pasternack would want to get back in a hurry. In the case of Pasternack, he believes that should not be an issue.

"Most assistants have this great itch to be a head coach, well I have been a head coach," he said. "My focus is strictly on that I am so excited at having a chance to compete for Pac-12 championships year in and year out."

"That is my total focus right now. It would have to be a perfect situation after what we went through at New Orleans."

As for what he brings to the program, Pasternack feels that head coaching experience will be beneficial to the program overall.

"For me, being a head coach, a seat over, I think really helps me in that I went from giving suggestions to making decisions to now back to giving suggestions, but being able to see the broad scope," Pasternack said. "My relationships on the west coast I think will really help; being at Cal for eight years will help with my familiarity with the Pac-12."

Pasternack is not the only person excited about Arizona basketball, as he believes recruits are as well.

"The fact that what Sean has created, people want to play this style of play," he said. "Kids want to come and play for Arizona and that is exciting.

"His style of play and the fact that he is a young, hungry head coach, is really exciting to a kid and his family to see what Arizona did this past March."

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