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Dave Barney
Janet Budke
Nick Candrea
Freddy Delgado
Christina Hundley
Jim Paajanen
Feroz Rast

Athletic Staff Biographies

Jon Ruzan
Greg Silcox AD
Victor Solis
Jared Sotelo
Rick Wade
Randy Wittig
 

Dave Barney
Head Coach:  Track and Field and Cross Country
Photo of Coach Dave Barney
David Barney is the first and only cross country and track and field coach at Paradise Valley Community College. He has developed those programs into some of the most successful programs in the country. Since 1996, his men's and women's cross country teams have combined to win an impressive 4 national championships, been runners up 5 times, were 3rd once and 4th once. Three PVCC runners have captured Individual National Championships, 31 have earned All-American honors. The Puma cross-country teams have claimed 12 of a possible 14 Region I Championships.

Since it's inception in 1999, the PVCC Track and Field program, has also had a vast amount of success. Barney's Pumas have 8 times been in the top 10 at the NJCAA National meet. Numerous PVCC athletes have excelled individually, capturing 15 Individual National Championships and 75 All-American awards.

Coach Barney grew up in Arizona and has strong ties to its running community. He was a state cross country and track and field champion, as well as junior college national champion. Following his days as an All-American athlete at the University of Arkansas, he returned to Arizona. He competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials four times and twice represented the U.S.A. in the world championships as a member of the U.S. National Team. He has twice been named NJCAA Cross Country National Coach of the Year and was last March was named Indoor Track and Field National Coach of the Year. Currently, he lives in Scottsdale with his wife Tracy and their three children, Michael, Meghan and Matthew.

Janet Budke
Head Coach:  Women's Golf

Bio forthcomingJanet Budke

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Nick Candrea
Head Coach: Softball

Mr. Nick Candera
Nick Candrea was born in White Plains, New York, and then moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where he lived until 1960 when he then made his new home in Phoenix, Arizona. Upon graduation from Sunnyslope High School, he then went to Glendale Community College on a baseball scholarship. After 2 years at GCC he spent 4 years in the United States Air Force. He then attended ASU and completed his degree in education. His first high school teaching was at Moon Valley High School where he spent one year as a member of the Physical Education Department as well as coaching football and baseball.

His past thirty years have been spent at Washington High School where he has been Head of the Physical Education Department and during those years he has coached football, has been the Head Baseball coach for 28 years, Head Softball coach and Head Golf coach.

He has coached two State Championship teams: 1986 Baseball Championship and 1988 Golf Championship. In Nick's tenure of teaching and coaching he has accomplished the following: Skyline Region Coach of the Year in baseball, softball, and golf. 1986 he was the Arizona Baseball Coach of the Year. He has been North All-Star Baseball Coach 4 times. He was inducted into the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008. Prior to taking over the Softball program he was the men’s Golf coach at PVCC.

Nick currently lives in Peoria, Arizona with his wife Staci. He has six children: Scott, Christy, Jeff, Whitney, Kelsey, and Cody. He retired after 35 years of teaching. He is an avid golfer and New York Yankee fan.


Freddy Delgado
Head Coach: Men's Soccer

Freddy DelgadoFreddy Delgado Sr. comes to Paradise Valley Community College with a wealth of experience ranging from the youth, high school, adult and college levels.  Delgado most recently served as part of Notre Dame Prepatory High School’s staff while mainly overseeing the boy’s Junior Varsity Program.  From 2010-2013, Delgado was the women’s assistant coach for Arizona Christian University.  While at ACU, his main duties included team training, recruiting and game day management.  Freddy has strong ties within the Phoenix soccer community, coaching in the Valley for over 36 years with various clubs including Santos, CCV, Cisco and currently as a staff coach for the Blackhawks Soccer Club.

Delgado is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  He attained their highest coaching license, the Premier Badge, in 2013.  He also holds the NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma, USSF “D” License, NAIA Champions of Character Diploma and the NFHS Fundamental f Coaching Diploma.

A native of Arizona, Freddy Delgado Sr. retired after 32 years at Century Link and is currently living his passion as a full time soccer coach.  He is currently married to Sandy, his wife for over 40 years and they have three children (Freddy, Richard and Jennifer) and four grandchildren.

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Christina Hundley
Student Athlete Services

Christina Hundley

Christina Hundley joined the PVCC Athletic Department in June 2008. Christina grew up in San Francisco, California and came to Arizona in August 1996. She attended Arizona State University where she studied Journalism and Public Relations at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. While attending ASU, Christina worked for Sun Devil Athletics in the Sports Information Department.

After graduating from ASU, Christina spent time with the San Francisco Giants, Phoenix Mercury, Phoenix Suns and the Harlem Globetrotters. Currently Christina is heavily involved with The Pat Tillman Foundation and their annual fundraiser Patís Run. These funds are awarded as scholarships for Tillman Military Scholars who strive to make a significant impact for our country and communities through their studies in medicine, business, government, education and the arts.

Christina earned her Masterís in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University in August 2013.

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Jim Paajanen
Head Coach:  Men's Tennis

Coach Jim Paajanen Coach Paajanen is a graduate of Grand Canyon University (B.S. Physical Education) and earned a masters degree from NovaSoutheastern University also in Physical Education.

He has recently retired, after 30 years of teaching in the Paradise Valley School District in the area of physical education and weight training. Coach Paajanen coached tennis the past 12 years at North Canyon High School and prior to that at Paradise Valley High School.

Along with his teaching and coaching duties he is presently teaching tennis at Mr. View Tennis Center, directing the program for kids, juniors, and adults. Coach Paajanen has experience working with college players from the community college to Division I level. He is a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association.

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Feroz Rast
Head Coach:  Women'sTennis

Coach Feroz Rast

Feroz Rast is a graduate of Northern Arizona University (B.S. Elementary Education with emphasis in Mathematics) and earned his associates degree from Paradise Valley Community College. He currently teaches in the Paradise Valley Unified School District.

During his playing time at PVCC Rast was an Academic All-American and a quarterfinalist at the National Tournament. He helped lead the PVCC men’s program to two national tournaments.

Rast began coaching tennis in 2006, and his coaching resume includes over seven years coaching juniors and adults for the City of Phoenix. He was the director of Granada Park, working closely with high caliber players from all over the valley. Rast is very familiar with the PVCC tennis program and works closely with the men’s head coach Jim Paajanen. He has worked alongside coach Paajanen at the Mountain View Tennis Center and also as an assistant coach for the men’s program at PVCC. His latest tenure in coaching was at the high school level. He was the coach for a local boys program in north Phoenix.

Rast is a student of the game and on his free time he loves watching tennis and taking notes. He is routinely updating his coaching methods and knows what is current in the tennis game.

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Jon Ruzan
Head Coach:  Women's Soccer

Coach Jon Ruzan

Jon Ruzan joined the Puma program in 2013 as head coach. Taking the reins of one of the nation’s top women’s junior college soccer programs, he led the PVCC women to a record of 21 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties, and a final season ranking as the number 5 team in the nation in 2013. He was named the ACCAC Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year for 2013.

Ruzan was born in the Banat region of Serbia to an ethnic Romanian family.  His family emigrated to New York City, where he played youth soccer for the prestigious Blau-Weiss Gottschee Soccer Club, and for Queens United (Banatul NY) in men’s open adult competition.

Jon earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from St. John’s University in New York.  He relocated to Arizona in 1992 and formed the Banat Soccer Club in 1998.  Jon played for and eventually coached the club’s first team, Banat Arsenal, which became one of the nation’s top amateur, open/semi-pro sides winning the coveted Silver Mug Invitational (“Bud Cup”) in 2006, as well as numerous National Cup and U.S. Open Cup appearances.  The Banat Soccer Club began operating as a youth soccer club in 2006 and he served as club president and director of coaching.  In addition to his role with the Pumas, he also currently serves as the managing director of Soccer Club del Sol Banat.

Jon has been coaching for 16 years and holds a National “Y” License for Directors of Coaching, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Youth Soccer Association.  Jon lives with his wife Dorina, midfielder/daughter Ilyssa, and goalkeeper/son Marcel.

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Greg Silcox
Athletic Director

photo of Athletic Director Greg SilcoxSilcox grew up in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and came to Phoenix in 1977. After two years at Glendale CC he transferred to and graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 1981 with a degree in Political Science. Silcox earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University West.

Silcox was the women’s basketball coach (18 years) and assistant athletics director (11years) at Glendale CC before moving to PVCC in August of 2002. Coach Silcox took 3 teams to NJCAA national basketball tournaments and remains proud of the numerous achievements by the student athletes and teams he coached.

He and wife Denise were married in 1987. They are the proud parents of two children, son Andrew (1990) and daughter Kaitlin (1992).


Victor Solis
Head Coach: Baseball
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Victor Solis comes to Paradise Valley Community College after spending many years in the Valley of the Sun.  He was born in Douglas, Arizona. Upon graduating from Brophy College Preparatory, Victor attended Glendale Community College and was a member of the baseball program.  After completing two years at Glendale Community College, Victor attended Grand Canyon University where the Antelopes competed in the National Championships during his senior year.  After three years of coaching baseball at Brophy College Preparatory and Glendale Community College, he attended Oklahoma City University where he served as an assistant coach and graduated with his MBA.

Victor has coached for over 15 years including five years at the University of Arizona and two years at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Victor brings his experience of starting the baseball program at GateWay Community College to Paradise Valley Community College.  During this time, he was honored as being named the head coach for the USA Junior National Team (18 and under) in the summer of 2007.  The USA Junior Nation Team competed in the Pan American Games in Ixtapa, Mexico winning the Bronze medal, thus qualifying the USA Junior Nation Team for the World Championships in the summer of 2008.

Victor currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, Alice, and son, Alejandro. 


Jared Sotelo
Assistant Coach: Softball
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Jared started with the Puma Coaching staff in 2011.  He works with the Pitchers and Catchers, and Outfielders.  Sotelo also provides hitting instruction and serves as the Recruiting Coordinator for the Puma softball program.  Sotelo also assists in fundraising, camps, and clinics.  He has been coaching in Arizona for the last 18 years.  He first coached in baseball for 13 years, in city leagues in Phoenix, Glendale, and Surprise then moved on to Club Baseball.  Sotleo was named Coach of the year in 2004 by the AZ Mustang League.  In 2004 he coached for the Team USA 11U program sweeping Team Mexico in a three game set in International competition.
In 2005 Sotelo’s team took 3rd place in the Cal Ripken Championship with a 15-2 overall record.  In 2006 his Cal Ripken Team won the City of Surprise Championship with a 19 -1 record.  In 2007, he was asked to be the JV baseball coach at Valley Vista High School in Surprise.  In 2008 he started his softball coaching career by winning the South West Valley Softball League Championship. His team since has been competing in misc. club events, taking 7th in the 2010 TCS World Series in Park City, Utah.

Sotelo currently lives in Surprise with his wife Zulema and their two teenage children, Yesenia and JJ, along with the family dogs Scrappy and Blue.  He is in the process of obtaining his Teaching Degree.  


Rick Wade
Athletic Trainer

Mr. Rick WadeRick came to the Pumas in 2007 from Chandler-Gilbert CC where he was the Assistant Athletic Trainer. He earned his bachelor's degree in Athletic Training at Vanguard University, where he also played intercollegiate soccer. He graduated from A.T. Still University in 2007 with a master’s degree in Sports Healthcare.

Rick manages over 150 athletes in 12 sports at PVCC. He is also adjunct faculty teaching health and exercise science classes. In Fall 2008 he became an Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI) for athletic training students from Grand Canyon University.  The GCU students are enrolled in an athletic training program and each semester are assigned to different levels of athletic training competencies.  In 2009 his master's thesis was accepted for poster presentation at the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) annual meeting in San Antonio, TX. The presentation was titled “Evidence-Based and Critical Appraisal Characteristics of Athletic Training Literature/JAT: between 2002-2006”.

Rick is a native of Southern California and has lived in Arizona for 4 years. He continues to play soccer and enjoys hiking the many trails in and around Phoenix with his wife, Danelle. 

Randy Wittig
Head Coach:  Men’s Golf 

Randy WittigRandy Wittig is a fourth generation Arizona native who grew up in the North Phoenix area and attended and played golf at Shadow Mountain High School and Phoenix College. For the past 34 years Randy has served Arizona Golf, Arizona golf guests, and Phoenix/Scottsdale golf facilities as a Southwest Section PGA member. Randy is currently the Director of Instruction at the Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, AZ, and is also the Senior Sales Executive for Glove Caddie a Scottsdale based golf glove accessory company. Randy also spent 26 years growing, learning, and advancing through every golf department job position from outside guest service attendant, Assistant Golf Professional, Head Golf Professional, up to Director of Golf Operations & Tournament Event Sales at the Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. Randy served on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Section PGA for 8 years, is a past recipient of the Southwest Section PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award, and has raised/donated nearly $10,000 to The First Tee (2012) & Special Olympics Arizona (2009 & 2010) by playing 108 holes of golf in one day.  Throughout Randy's extensive Arizona (and a little NE Ohio) golf career he has helped hundreds of students learn and/or improve his/her golf game by providing an energetic and positive learning atom sphere.

Randy is very active in Southwest Section PGA competitive golf events and is a multiple stroke play and pro-am event winner. Some of Randy's playing accomplishments include: 2012 Southwest Section PGA Senior Match Play Champion, 2011 Southwest Section PGA Senior Champion, 2011 National PGA Senior Club Professional Championship qualifier/participant, 2009 Quail Cup Champion, 2008 National PGA Club Professional Championship qualifier/participant, 2002 Southwest Section PGA Match Play Champion, 1998 Phoenix Open qualifier/participant, and 9 time Goldwater Cup Team Member. 

Randy is married to wife Jeanne and has a young daughter, Taylor.

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