Posted: Jan 06, 2021
Former Pima Community College baseball coach and Athletics Hall of Famer Rich Alday passed away on Wednesday at his home.
- Alday was the first baseball coach in program history where he remained for 17 years from 1974 to 1989. He returned to coach the Aztecs in 2018 and earned his 500th career win with Pima on January 30, 2018. He finished with a record of 517-251. He was named to the Pima Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.
- Alday's teams won five Arizona Junior College Athletic Conference championships and made three appearances at the NJCAA World Series in 1981, 1983 and 1985. His 1985 team finished in second place. He was named All-Region Coach of the Year in 1981, 1983 and 1985.
- In 1988 he was an assistant bench coach for the USA Baseball team that won gold in Seoul, South Korea. In 1996 he was an auxiliary assistant coach for Team USA that took home the bronze medal.
- After his first stint at Pima, Alday was named the head coach of the University of New Mexico and retired as the winning coach in program history. He won his 1,000th career collegiate game on April 16, 2007.
- Below are comments and dedications from former players, coaches and colleagues:
- Jim Monaco (Pima Athletic Director) – "I've known Coach Alday for 25 years through baseball and my boys. He would come to my office all the time. He was an amazing coach and will be missed terribly."
- Ken Jacome (Current Pima baseball head coach, University of New Mexico assistant coach with under Alday from 2005-2007) – "I've known him since I was born, he played with my dad after high school. He hired me at University of New Mexico. He was a great mentor and I'm grateful for him. I owe a lot of my coaching career to him. When I took this job, I made sure nobody wore Coach Alday's number (No. 26). This is his program and we're all grateful to be part of Pima program. He means a lot to this place."
- Edgar Soto (Former Pima Athletic Director and Former Pima Baseball Head Coach) – "Coach Alday always made a strong connection with his players and coaches. That is why him and his wife Norma still had relationships with his players beyond the time they were playing for him. He kept those connections and made connections with their families as well. He was a very special man to me and a lot of others and will be deeply missed."
- Antonio Fernandez (played for Coach Alday from 1992-1994 at the University of New Mexico, Pima assistant coach in 2018) – "I met him when I was in junior high going to a camp when he was coach at Pima. Being around him, he brought out the best of you as a player and a coach. His education and teaching never stopped. He was happy to share his knowledge with anyone. It says a lot about him, he had a positive impact on a lot of people who played and coached with him. A huge impact on a lot of people; people who played with him at Tucson High, played for him and were around him and just how humble he was. He made you feel like family."
- Armando Quiroz (Former Pima Softball Head Coach) – "I am very saddened by the loss of my friend Rich Alday. I will miss our sports and life discussions. Rich, I'm so proud we came from the same neighborhood. You left your mark and set the bar for integrity and success extremely high for the rest of us. You will be missed my friend. My condolences to Norma and all your family. RIP COACH."