Catalina hires David Thomas to head up basketball programby Andy Morales on Oct. 27, 2013, under Sports
Former CDO/Pusch Ridge standout David Thomas talks about his new role as the head boy’s basketball coach at Catalina:
Q: Tell us a bit about your playing background?
A: “I graduated and played basketball at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy under former Arizona Wildcat Jason Stewart. I was a two sport athlete in college at Southwestern College in Phoenix. I played both soccer and basketball. In 2007 and 2008 my basketball team won the NCCAA West Region Conference and earned a trip to the NCCAA National Tournament in Springfield, Missouri.
“After I was done playing I was a recruiter and assistant at Southwestern College under head coach Rick Roth. I did that for two years before moving back to Tucson.”
Q: Recent coaching experiences?
A: “For the last three years I was an assistant coach to Brian Peabody (Ironwood Ridge) and his staff. Coach Peabody, Matt Minder and Mike Morgan had been working together for over 20 years since Coach Peabody’s days at Greens Fields and it was there that I learned the most about basketball.
“I really believe that he has one of the best staffs around, each of them could have easily been successful head coaches elsewhere and that’s what makes Coach Peabody’s staff so special. Coach Peabody is such a great coach and really took me in and helped me grow. He taught me so much about simplifying the game and getting kids to compete. I really believe that if not for him and his staff, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today in coaching world.”
Q: Who are your top returners at Catalina?
A: “My top returners for next year will be my shooting guards; Seniors Marquise Moore, Andrue Rodriguez and Demetrius Campbell.
“Marquise Moore averaged 7.7 ppg and scored over 20 pts in three different games last year. He also started every game.
Demetrius Campbell had low season total averages because he didn’t play the second half of the year, but I’ll be looking for Campbell to be a main contribute on the court this year. He’s got great athletic ability and can put the ball on the floor.
Andrue Rodriguez would be my third shooting guard and does a lot of things that don’t show up on the stat sheet. He’s a solid defender and takes care of the ball on offense. I’m looking forward to seeing his growth this year.
As far as my top new comers, I haven’t had the chance to personally see any of the younger guys. However, I was told that our feeder school Doolan Middle School had a successful team last year and has some strong talent coming up. I’m really looking forward to seeing those kids this year.”
Q: Goals for this year?
A: “Right now my immediate goal is to get my guys to compete. My mentor Brian Peabody taught me that he’d take his 5 guys and play anyone anywhere because he could motivate his guys and get them to compete with the best of them. That’s my goal, to find my niche in how to motivate my guys and go out and play hard and play together.”