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Joe Pasternack
Position: Associate Head Coach
Alma Mater: Indiana '99

The newest addition to the University of Arizona men's basketball coaching staff is Joe Pasternack, who joined the Wildcat program in May 2011.

Pasternack, 35, brings 13 years of coaching and administrative experience to Arizona, including four seasons as an NCAA Division I head coach and nine years in the Pac-12 Conference.

Prior to moving to Tucson, Pasternack was the head coach at the University of New Orleans (2007-11) and immediately gave stability to the Privateer program, as he was the program's third head coach in three seasons when he was hired in July 2007.

He made his mark quickly, leading UNO to 19 wins in 2007-08, the school's most since 1997, and helped the program defeat a nationally-ranked team (then-No. 21 North Carolina State) for the first time since 1993 and ended up winning more games (11) before Jan. 1 in school history.

His efforts on the recruiting trail were almost as quick as Pasternack secured 11 newcomers for the 2008-09 season after his inaugural squad lost six seniors. That recruiting class was ranked among the best in the Sun Belt Conference.

His fourth year as the Privateer mentor may have been his most challenging. In wake of the school's decision to become an NCAA Division I independent, Pasternack lost the majority of his roster to transfer. Pasternack answered the challenge despite the obvious hardships, cobbled together a roster and guided the 2010-11 squad to a 16-6 record.

Prior to UNO, Pasternack spent eight seasons as an administrator and coach at the University of California from 2000-07. He oversaw the Bears' scouting and game preparation efforts by studying game film, writing scouting reports and helping prepare the team on the court for upcoming opponents.

In addition, Pasternack, who worked with the Golden Bear guards in day-to-day practices, was heavily involved in coordinating Cal's recruiting and helped attract several top-25 classes during his tenure.

A 1999 graduate of Indiana University with a degree in marketing, Pasternack was a manager for the Hoosier basketball team for four years under coach Bob Knight, where he broke down game film and assisted in scouting opponents.

Pasternack has helped teams reach the NCAA tournament eight times.

A native of New Orleans, Pasternack played varsity high school basketball for four years at Metairie Park Country Day School. He and his wife, Lindsay, have a son, Joe IV (6), and a daughter, Lilly (1).