Building a football program

Tomey will speak to local coaches today

2014-08-09T00:00:00Z Tomey will speak to local coaches todayBy Zack Rosenblatt Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Jim Monaco is trying to continue what Pat Nugent, and Jeff Scurran before him, started.

After being hired as Pima College’s football coach in December, Monaco is trying to mold the Aztecs into a prominent junior college program.

Dick Tomey certainly knows a thing or two about building a football program. He was at the helm for Arizona in 1993, when the Wildcats and their vaunted “Desert Swarm” defense went 10-2 and won the Fiesta Bowl.

Today at 3 p.m., Tomey will be at Pima’s West Campus gymnasium, where he will address the area’s coaches at all levels of football.

Monaco will be in attendance, accompanied by the entirety of his coaching staff and players.

“When I moved here in ’89, ’90, Dick was the guy,” Monaco said. “He was always a great guy in the community. Everybody loved him. He was always very welcoming to outside coaches — Pop Warner and high school.

“I just think it’s a great thing for the community. It’s all about Coach Tomey. People want to see him. It was awesome for him to agree to it, and I’m thrilled he’s going to be here.”

Tomey, who went 95-64-4 in 14 years as Arizona’s coach, is in town for the Coaches for Charity Kickoff Classic luncheon. The event is open to all coaches, and admission is free.

“Dick Tomey was embedded in this community,” said Edgar Soto, Pima’s athletic director. “He’s well-connected with everybody.

“All his players love him, they think he’s great and he’s someone who cared about his athletes and his community. I think people need to hear him.”

Tomey retired in 2009 after five years as San Jose State’s coach. He lives with his wife in Hawaii, where he spent 10 years as the University of Hawaii’s coach before coming to Arizona.

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