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Pima Hall of Fame coach to return to Aztecs

Posted at 2:49 PM, May 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 01:00:13-04

The Pima Community College baseball program has its new coach and it is a familiar face.

Rich Alday has agreed to come back to lead the Aztecs as their head coach. Alday started the Pima baseball program and racked up a record of 496-220 in his 16-year career from 1974-1989. He took the Aztecs to the NJCAA National Championship game in 1985 and was named Coach of the Year on three occasions in 1981, 1983 and 1985.

Alday left Pima to coach New Mexico for 18 seasons where he accumulated 515 wins, and became the winningest head coach in program history.  Alday has a total of 1,011 wins in his collegiate career.

Alday also coached the US Olympic team in 1988.  He led the team to a tournament win as an exhibition sport.  They returned in 1996 to win the bronze medal.

Alday was selected to the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and was part of the first Pima Community College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.