Assistant Coaches

  • Jim Rosborough
  • Rodney Tention
  • Jay John
  • Josh Pastner
  • Ryan Hansen

Jim Rosborough
Associate Head Coach
(Iowa '66)

Heading into his 12th year at Arizona, Jim Rosborough (pronounced ROZZ-burr-oh) has made a name for himself as one of the top game strategists around -- a role he has developed under Lute Olson for 21 seasons. His expertise and familiarity of the Olson system is one of the keys and driving forces that has made the UA hoops program one of the best in the country, whether it be in on or off-the-court dealings. Rosborough was promoted to associate head coach following Arizona's 1996-97 NCAA championship season in a move that gives him expanded duties within the program. In all, Rosborough has made 17 trips to postseason play, reaching the Final Four three times and in his time at the UA, he has helped guide 12 teams that have won just under 80% of their games.

Rosborough's main focus is on game preparation and defense for the Cats. He also works with Arizona's perimeter players, directs the Lute Olson Basketball Camps, oversees most daily office operations and is greatly involved with the academic progress of the players. Under his tuteledge, Arizona has produced three first team All-America backcourt players in the past three seasons, including 1998-99 National Player of the Year Jason Terry and 1997-98 Player of the Year finalists in guards Mike Bibby and Miles Simon. Those three and 1994-95 All-American and former NBA Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudamire will also cite Roz's coaching as a reason for his success.

In addition, to his other duties, Rosborough has been closely involved in the recruiting efforts that have constantly brought in top-flight classes.

Rosborough, who will turn 56 toward the start of the upcoming season, was a top aid to Olson when he was head coach at Iowa. Rosborough was then head coach for three years (1987-89) at Northern Illinois University before joining the Arizona staff in April 1989.

Prior to his term at NIU, he built a solid reputation as one of Olson's assistants in the rebirth of lowa basketball in the 1970s. He was a part of the Hawkeye surge that included six 20-victory campaigns, five NCAA berths, a Big Ten title (1979) and an NCAA Final Four Berth (1980).

Rosborough, who in 2000-01 will be in his 27th season of intercollegiate athletics at the Division I level, was with Olson at lowa from 1974 to 1983. As a recruiter on Olson's early Hawkeye teams, he had great success in Chicago, recruiting four Windy City-bred starters on lowa's Final Four club, including All-Americans Ronnie Lester and Kevin Boyle, and Steve Krafcisin and Kenny Arnold. He also recruited 12 NBA draft picks at Iowa City and helped design a defense which twice led the Big Ten in scoring defense.

When Olson left for Arizona, Rosborough stayed at lowa as an assistant to athletic director Bump Elliott and radio color man for Hawkeye basketball. He then was an aide to J.D. Barnett for one year at Tulsa, helping guide the Golden Hurricanes to an NCAA tourney bid. Rosborough then became head coach at NIU in April 1986. Although he posted a record of 28-56 in three years at NIU, his first recruiting class went on to a 26-5 record their senior year and received an NCAA tournament bid.

A 1962 graduate of Moline (Ill.) High School where he was an all-state forward, Rosborough received his bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1966 from Iowa and earned his teaching certificate from Loyola (Ill.) in 1970.

Rosborough and his wife Kim have two sons, Greg (17) and Jon (16). Rosborough, a crafty veteran of the Tucson tennis circuit, was born on Dec. 2, 1944, in Davenport, Iowa, and was married in Moline, Ill.

Rodney Tention
Assistant Coach
(San Francisco, '88)

Whether developing yet another top-flight Arizona guard or recruiting national talent to Tucson, fourth year assistant coach Rodney Tention has quickly made his imprint on the UA basketball program. While he works with the UA perimeter players, he also helps with the scouting of opponents, game day preparation and is one of the main cogs in the UA's nationally renown recruiting efforts. Since his arrival at the UA, it is no small coincidence that the program has won 52 of its 64 games and produced some of the best backcourt talent in college basketball.

Last year marked Tention's third season with the Wildcat basketball program after serving as the head coach at the Division II College of Notre Dame in Belmont, Calif. from 1994-97. Prior to that, the 35-year old Tention was an assistant coach at the College of Notre Dame from 1991-94 before he took over as the head man. When Tention was hired by Lute Olson in May of 1997, he filled the void at Arizona that was created after nine-year UA assistant coach Jessie Evans departed to become the head coach at Southwestern Louisiana following the 1998-99 campaign.

Before heading to the College of Notre Dame, Tention was a graduate assistant coach at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., from 1989-91, a stint that saw his team go up against Olson's Wildcats in the first round of the 1990 NCAA Tournament in Long Beach, Calif. Arizona won the game, 79-67. Tention received his start in the collegiate coaching ranks at Skyline Community College in San Bruno, Calif., as an assistant coach during the 1988-89 campaign. That season saw the team capture the Coast Conference Championship.

Tention played collegiate basketball at the University of San Francisco from 1985-88, where he was a two-year captain and the team's most valuable player. At USF, he played for Jim Brovelli, who was recently an assistant coach with the NBA's Denver Nuggets. Tention competed in junior college basketball at Grossmont Community College during the 1984-85 season and was the squad's captain and MVP that year, as well. He also played at the Air Force Academy in 1983-84. Tention received a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of San Francisco in 1988 and later earned a master's in public administration from the College of Notre Dame in 1995.

He and his wife Rebecca have two sons, four-year old Justice, and Miles, who was born in April 1999.

Jay John
Assistant Coach
(Arizona '81)

Jay John, a Tucson native and graduate of the University of Arizona, enters his third season with the UA basketball program. He was hired in May of 1998, filling a vacancy on the staff left open when Rodney Tention was elevated to replace Phil Johnson, who became the head coach at San Jose State. At Arizona, he puts his stamp on all phases of the program, including work with the UA big men, game preparation and recruiting. He came to the UA after spending one season as an assistant coach at the University of Oregon and was immediately able to give the program the luxury of possessing a new staff member who had a well-versed familiarity of the Pac-10 Conference.

In only one season at Arizona, it didn't take long to make his mark, as he guided a Wildcat frontline that help make the Wildcats the Pac-10's No.1 rebounding team throughout the 1 season. He also helped a pair of Wildcats frontliners receive individual acclaim as well, as he coached senior center A.J. Bramlett to an All-Pac-10 first team campaign and directed Michael Wright through a year that would see him not only be named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, but also establish himself as one of the premier freshmen talents in the country.

Last season, John was instrumental in the further development of Wright, who earned All-Pac-10 first team honors. He also helped incorporate one of the best post talents in the nation into the Arizona lineup, 1 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year Loren Woods.

John, who has 12 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience, joined the Oregon program in June of 1997, after spending eight seasons (1989-97) as an assistant to Barry Collier at Butler University. In his final season at Butler, the Bulldogs set many school records, including a new standard for wins in a season (23 in 1996-97) and made the NCAA Tournament in 1997 -- the school's first NCAA appearance in 35 years. In John's final two years at Butler, the program posted the best back-to-back seasons in school history, winning 42 games. Prior to his stint at Butler, he was an assistant for one year (1988-89) at San Francisco under Jim Brovelli, one year after fellow UA assistant coach Rodney Tention completed his eligibility at USF..

John, 41, also coached at Jamestown Community College in New York, both as an assistant and as a head coach. From 1986-88, he guided the school to a two-year record of 41-19 and received Region 3 Coach of the Year honors in 1987 after directing the program to a 22-7 record and the Region 3 title. In 1985-86, he was an assistant for one year at Oregon under Don Monson.

John went to high school at Tucson's Salpointe Catholic High School and graduated from the UA in 1981 with a degree in biology. He would later earn a Master's of Science degree in physical education at Butler University in 1994. He and his wife Lisa have two sons, Tyler, 11, and Trevor, 3.

Josh Pastner
Undergraduate Assistant Coach
(Arizona '98)

Josh Pastner made the step up from the playing ranks to the coaching world last June when he was named an undergraduate assistant coach for Arizona. Pastner, who played for UA from 1, assumes similar duties as the three assistant coaches, with the exception of going on the road to recruit.

The Kingwood, Texas, native spent four years on the Wildcats' squad, playing in 42 games and finishing his career with an 0.9 ppg mark. Pastner will be the first to mention, however, that the Wildcats were 42-0 in the games he played in.

Pastner is able to become an undergraduate assistant coach due to an NCAA rule that allows athletes who have used their four years of eligibility, without taking a redshirt season, to continue pursuing an undergraduate degree. After receiving his undergraduate degree in two-and-a-half years, and his master's degree in an additional year, Pastner mush now pursue another undergraduate degree, but cannot continue to work on his doctorate. He will continue to receive a scholarship, but will not have a salary.

Despite the lack of playing time, Pastner's presence in the program has been invaluable. He did many of the behind the scenes things that helped the team win an NCAA Championship and two Pac-10 titles during his career. Pastner helped the coaching staff breakdown game tapes and scout opponents, and he was the shot specialist for many of the Wildcat players.

While a high school and college athlete, Pastner began his career as a coach on the AAU circuit. He led the Houston Hoops, a select team from that area, to the 1999 Nike National Summer Championship in San Diego. Pastner also led the Houston Hoops to the 2000 Global World Championships last summer.

Pastner received his bachelor's degree in family studies from UA in December 1998, 2- years after enrolling at Arizona, the fastest an Arizona student-athlete has ever earned a degree. He then finished his master's in teaching and teacher education in December 1999 before starting work on his doctorate.

Despite taking as many as 33 units a semester while at Arizona, Pastner maintained a high grade point average and was nominated the CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-America team and was named to the Academic All-Pac-10 Second Team as a senior.

Ryan Hansen
Coordinator of Basketball Operations

Ryan Hansen, a University of Arizona graduate, is in his fourth year as the coordinator of basketball operations. Hansen handles the program's daily office operations and also serves as the travel coordinator. He assists with the team's public and community relations, helps with the recruiting efforts and handles many duties for Lute Olson's summer basketball camps. Prior to assuming his present post, Hansen served as video coordinator for the Wildcats from 1993-97.

Before the 2000-01 season, Hansen assumed the role of game scheduler for the Wildcats. He now works as the main contact in scheduling home and away non-conference contests.

At road games, Hansen takes a seat next to Brian Jeffries and serves as the color commentator for the Arizona Radio Network.

He graduated from the UA with a bachelor of science degree in health related professions in May of 1997 and is now pursuing a masters degree in educational psychology/physical education at the UA. Prior to enrolling at the UA, he attended Canyon Del Oro High School in Tucson, graduating in 1992.

Hansen, 25, was married in July 1999 to the former Anna Lee Collins.

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