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Josh Pastner Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 13, 2006
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Pastner, who has been with the program as a player and administrator since 1996, continues to be a key cog in the Wildcats' recruiting efforts and work with the program's big men.

Pastner’s tireless efforts on the recruiting trail continue to pay big dividends for the program, as the Wildcats continue to successfully recruit top-notch student-athletes.  Arizona’s recruiting classes have been among the best nationally in each of his four seasons as a full-time member of the coaching staff.  In June of 2005,’s Chris Wallace named Pastner one of college basketball’s top 25 recruiters, writing, “Any list of top recruiters must include Pastner.”

His dedication to the program can be seen in the outstanding play of Arizona’s front line.  Former Wildcat All-Americans Luke Walton and Channing Frye each flourished under Pastner’s tutelage.  Both showed marked improvement each season under Pastner, eventually turning themselves into NBA draft picks ?- Walton a second-round pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2003 and Frye a first-round pick of the New York Knicks in 2005.

"Josh has been intimately involved with this program for 10 years," said Lute Olson. "He has been an excellent addition to the staff and his tireless efforts continue benefit the program on the court and off."

In his four years as an assistant, Arizona has averaged nearly 25 wins per season, captured two Pac-10 championships and advanced to a pair of NCAA regional finals.

During the 2001‑02 season, Pastner served as the team's video and recruiting coordinator, as well as an administrative assistant. In this role, he oversaw the team's video room and assisted in film editing, as designated by the coaching staff. Pastner coordinated all recruiting mailings and assisted the coaching staff with interoffice academic concerns.  He filled the coaching vacancy left when former assistant Jay John left to become the head coach at Oregon State. Pastner assumed his full-time responsibilities on April 10, 2002.

Pastner, 28, made the step up from the playing ranks to the coaching world in June 2000 when he was named an undergraduate assistant coach for Arizona. Pastner, who played for UA from 1996‑2000, had similar duties as the three assistant coaches, but could not go on the road to recruit.

The Kingwood, Texas, native played in 42 games as a Wildcat and finished his career with an average of 0.9 ppg.  The Wildcats were 42‑0 in the games in which he appeared.

Pastner received his undergraduate degree in two‑and‑a‑half years, and his master's degree the following year, and started work on his doctorate. In his role as an undergraduate assistant in 2000-01, Pastner began pursuit of another undergraduate degree.

Despite his lack of playing time, Pastner's presence in the program has been invaluable since he arrived in 1996.  He did many of the small behind the scenes things that helped the team win an NCAA Championship and two Pac‑10 titles during his career. Pastner helped break down game tapes and scout opponents, and he was the shot specialist for many of the Wildcat players. In his 10 years with the program, Arizona has a 254‑80 (.760) record.

While a high school and college athlete, Pastner began his career as a coach on the AAU circuit. He led the Houston Hoops, a select all-star team from that area, to the 1999 Nike National Summer Championship in San Diego.  Pastner also led the Houston Hoops to the Global World Championship in the summer of 2000.

Pastner earned his bachelor's degree in family studies from Arizona in December 1998, 2?˝ years after enrolling, the fastest an Arizona student‑athlete has ever earned a degree. He finished his master's in teaching and teacher education in December 1999 before beginning work on his doctorate.

Despite taking as many as 33 units a semester while at Arizona, Pastner maintained a high grade point average, was nominated for the CoSIDA/GTE Academic All‑America team and was named to the Academic All‑Pac‑10 Second Team as a senior in 2000.
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