Coach Mario Ramirez is the right guy for the job
The Tucson Buckets ABA have been putting in countless hours building this franchise. We have high expectations and look to be a major player in American Basketball Association for years to come. Finding the perfect pieces that will complement our growth and facilitate our vision through our players and performance on and off the court has been a main goal as we searched for a Head Coach and staff. Our search efforts took us around the city and brought us to one of Tucson’s premier names Mario Ramirez. Coach Ramirez has the basketball knowledge, experience and understanding that it takes to help us get our inaugural season off to the best start as we possibly can.
We wanted to formally introduce our Coach and the rest of the coaching staff through our partnership with AZ Live TV via Live Stream later this week as well. I didn’t want to do too much back story on Coach Ramirez, I honestly wanted to touch base with him and allow him to explain his journey, vision, and goals as OUR basketball coach from his own words. We asked him a few questions and here are his answers. Read and Enjoy
Question 1. Give me a short history on your coaching career? Where did you start and what year? How did those teams do? Are you from Tucson?
Coach Ramirez: I’m originally from Flagstaff, AZ. I moved to Tucson in 1986 where my first coaching opportunity started at Mountain View High School on the Northeast side of Tucson. From there I have been at the helm at various high schools throughout Tucson and in 2001 I became Head Coach for Pima Community College which lasted until 2008. Now I serve as a Head coach for the Tucson Summer Pro League.
Question 2: What type of Offensive and Defensive schemes are you prepared to run? Would you consider yourself an Offensive or Defensive coach?
Coach Ramirez: In my opinion defense wins games so I place my focus on defense. If I had to give you a number I think 60/40 defense to offense ratio will help us consistently win games. On offense I prefer an up tempo game which is complemented by an aggressive “in your face” defense that will produce turnovers.
Question 3: What interest you in coaching the Tucson Buckets ABA team? Will you be taking on a GM role as you build the team?
Coach Ramirez: My interest in coaching the Tucson Buckets are twofold. First I love coaching basketball and this team provides me with the opportunity to coach at a very high level. Also, by coaching the Buckets I can help showcase the talent we have to the Tucson community.
Question 4: What are your expectations of the players you ultimately choose to make the team? Is player and staff diversity important to you?
Coach Ramirez: Expectations for our players will be Hard Work, Commitment to Excellence, pride in the organization we are building and Determination to be the best and reach our full potential as coaches and players.
I also believe player and staff diversity is an important piece to our growth and strength as an organization. With diversity one can get a broader scope of the task and not be limited to anything. Tucson Buckets will stretch limitations.
Question 5: What are your goals for this season?
Coach Ramirez: To produce the best team possible that the city of Tucson and surrounding areas can rally behind with full support. We want to provide a level of play that will garners respect on the court as well as in the community.
Oh and to WIN!!!
We want to thank Coach Ramirez for being so candid with us and we look forward to much success with him at the head. The tryouts have run smoothly and we are down to our final decisions. We want to have 12-14 players on the team and a diverse team that will bring us a competitive edge and the winning attitude that generates winning results. Tucson Buckets ABA is ready to bring quality, high level basketball to your front door. Stand up Tucson we are on our way! #GetBuckets