After hiring Jerry Stitt as assistant athletic director and Jim Rosborough as associate basketball coach earlier this year, Pima College continues to attract former Arizona Wildcats to the junior college.
Pima has named former Wildcat Dominique Lamb as an assistant volleyball coach. Lamb, 23, played at Arizona from 2004 to 2007, earning All-Pac 10 honorable-mention honors for three consecutive seasons as a middle blocker while setting the school record for career block assists. She graduated in May 2008 with a degree in public health and joins Pima assistant Katy De Bruin.
"Normally, you bring someone in who can maybe work with the girls as far as running drills, but Dom brings so much more than that," Pima head coach Dan Bithell said. "Obviously, with her coaching experience and her playing experience, she's really a role model for these kids."
Lamb has coached players ages 12-18 for three years at Volleyball Club Dinamo, working with Bithell. She has also coached at UA summer camps since 2005 and at the All-American Volleyball Camps since 2008. She said she wants to eventually attend nursing school, but doesn't rule out a career in coaching.
"I've realized I really do like it," Lamb said. "I like helping people understand the game."
Lamb began a professional playing career in December 2008, but tore the ACL in her left knee 40 minutes into her first practice in Spain. She has undergone three surgeries and will have another in December, because her body rejected a cadaver's ligament.
"There's a small amount (of people) that happens to. I just happened to be one of them," said Lamb, who will rehab for nine months after the next surgery. She participates in physical therapy at the UA.
"I've coached a lot of these girls where, if I explain something, they can demonstrate it for me."
Sophomore outside hitter Sari Hardt (Buena) said Lamb brings valuable experience to the Pima program, which runs a playing system similar to Arizona's.
"I like having someone my age who can tell me what I'm doing wrong," Hardt said.
The roster boasts some experience, with eight sophomores and five freshmen. Last season, the Aztecs went 11-21.
"We're a very good attacking and defending team, a pretty determined group," Bithell said.
• Former UA running back Clarence Farmer will be working out with the baseball team, coach Edgar Soto said. The first workout is Aug. 24, and the team will choose 35 players from the current 68.
• Pima is interviewing two finalists for men's tennis coach. Mike Curry, the school's only men's tennis coach, retired after last season after serving 36 years. His teams qualified for the national tournament 15 times, and last year, he was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame.
• In softball, infielders Logan Hall and Lisa Stensby have accepted full-ride scholarships to Texas Tech and Minnesota, respectively. Hall also considered Minnesota, while Stensby has family in the state, coach Armando Quiroz said.
• The softball team will hold walk-on tryouts at 8 a.m. Aug. 22 at the West Campus.