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Josh Pastner to Remain with Arizona Men's Basketball Program
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/18/2001
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Oct. 18, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona men's basketball coach Lute Olson announced Thursday that Josh Pastner will remain a part of the program's administration.

Pastner will serve as the team's video and recruiting coordinator and act as an administrative assistant. He will not have an on-court presence with the team in practice or game situations.

These new responsibilities allow Pastner, who has been a part of the Wildcat basketball program since 1996, to remain with the program for the 2001-02 season. In this new role, he will oversee the team's video room and assist in film editing, as designated by the coaching staff. Pastner will also handle all recruiting mailings and assist the coaching staff with interoffice academic concerns.

This administrative position is a new one for Pastner, 23, who 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 no 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.

He received his undergraduate degree in two-and-a-half years, and his master's degree the following year, and began work on his doctorate. In his role as an undergraduate assistant last year, 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.

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 team from that area, to the 1999 Nike National Summer Championship in San Diego. Pastner also led the Houston Hoops to the Global World Championships 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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