Pima men’s basketball coach Brian Peabody, who will coach the Aztecs in the start of the NJCAA Division II tournament tomorrow in Danville, Ill., was chosen the District I, Division II Coach of the Year today.
Peabody, in his seventh season overall at Pima, has coached the Aztecs to the last three NJCAA Division II tournaments. Last season, the Aztecs made it to the championship game.
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Third-seeded Pima (26-6) starts play tomorrow at 9 a.m. against Cecil (Md.) Community College. That game can be watched via live stream at this link, for $4.99.
The Pima women (21-11) are the No. 6 seed heading into Tuesday morning’s first round game of the NJCAA Division II tournament at Harrison, Ark. Todd Holthaus’ team will face No. 11 Lake Michigan (26-5) also at 9 a.m., Tucson time. You can watch the live stream of the game for a $4.99 at this link.
Peabody also earned the national coach of the year honor in 2016-17. His career record at Pima is 138-88.
Brian Peabody doing another masterful job for @PimaMens_bball after losing talent from last year's team that lost in the national championship. Aztecs up 56-29 in first half over Scottsdale in the regional final, close to going to nationals again. pic.twitter.com/51ZtcpfYG2
Peabody said the returning players from last year’s team — point guard Abram Carrasco and forward Robby Wilson — have helped him get this year’s team ready for the task at hand in Danville.
“Abram and Robby have been huge. We’re not going there to party or to have a party,” Peabody said before leaving Tucson with the Aztecs. “We’re going there to take care of business. The more you can keep your guys dialed in and fresh, and relaxed, just thinking about your opponent, I think the better off you are.”
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