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If you attend a lot of high school basketball games in the city like I do you will run into former University of Arizona assistant basketball coach Jim Rosborough. Rosborough, along with former Arizona baseball coach Jerry Stitt, have remained highly visible icons to the younger generations of Southern Arizona athletes in this fashion.
Keeping in touch with high school athletes has helped Rosborough remain a hot commodity in coaching circles and Todd Holthaus couldn’t help but notice. The highly successful women’s basketball coach at Pima struck gold by adding Rosborough to his staff.
“Unbelievable addition to an already great program,” Holthaus said. “Kids get to learn from one of the games best ever and staff gets priceless mentoring. I’m humbled that coach Rosborough wants to be a part of Pima Women’s Basketball!”
The Aztecs will have a signing party tonight at the Riverpark Inn and Holthaus will welcome seven standouts to his program including five from Tucson.
“With a great signing class, this is icing on the cake. Can’t wait to get to work!” Holthaus added.
Rosborough was a star athlete long before he coached with Lute Olson. He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and part of that ceremony included his spot as an all-state forward at Moline High School.
After leaving the Wildcat sidelines in 2007, Rosborough served as a special assistant to the UA director of athletics before serving as the associate head men’s basketball coach at Pima. Rosborough also served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Arizona women’s tennis team.
Before coaching at Pima, Holthaus was a longtime coach at Flowing Wells (160-64) and that led to an assistant coaching position on Joan Bonvicini’s staff at Arizona. Holthaus will announce the hiring of Rosborough tonight.
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com