Pastner newest Cat coach

After a long road and a lot of hard work, a dream has come true. Josh Pastner, a mini-celebrity around Tucson, is now an assistant coach at the University of Arizona. After Jay John accepted the head job at Oregon State, Pastner, 24, was promoted to a full-time assistant spot.

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"It is a wonderful opportunity for me," said Pastner. "I am very fortunate to have worked for and with Coach Olson, Coach Rosborough and Coach Tention and am looking forward to the future of Arizona basketball."

Pastner has filled a variety of roles with the Wildcats since coming to Arizona as a player in 1996. Despite wearing a uniform, the Kingwood, Texas native was more of a coach than a player. Despite playing in 42 games in his four-year career, Pastner was known more for working with teammates on their shooting and ball handling.

"Josh has been intimately involved with this program for six years," said Olson. "One of his goals was to be a full-time assistant here at the University of Arizona and his persistence has paid off. We feel that Josh is an excellent addition to the staff and his tireless efforts will benefit the program for years to come."

This past season Pastner served as the team's video and recruiting coordinator, as well as an administrative assistant. He oversaw the team's video room and assisted in film editing, as designated by the coaching staff.

Pastner will assume most of John's duties including working with the post players and recruiting.


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