The Mountain View boys basketball team will have a new coach next season. Longtime coach Mike Parillo resigned his position the school announced on Monday.
“The administration, staff and students of Mountain View and Marana Unified wish to thank Mr. Parillo for his 21 years of coaching in our community,” said Mountain View Athletic Director Todd Garelick.
Parillo has guided the Mountain Lions to several stellar seasons and has had a number of his former players go on to play Division I basketball, including Aaron Anderson who is currently playing professionally in Portugal and had a pre-draft tryout with the Phoenix Suns.
The team is coming off a tough 6-16 season, where they fielded a very young squad after graduating several key players the year before. The Mountain Lions were 33-36 the past three seasons. They last made the playoffs after the 2007-08 season where they advanced to the quarterfinals of the 5A II state playoffs before falling 30-25 to top ranked North High School 30-25.
The school will conduct a coaching search and hope to have a coach in place as soon as possible in an effort to guide the team through summer events.
“We will be conducting a thorough search and are excited about the interest in our basketball program at Mountain View,” Garelick said.
Mountain View is the second Marana Unified School District to change boys basketball coaches this year. Marana announced on Monday that Kevin Corner would replace Jeff Laos as the Tigers’ boys coach.