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Alec Urban returns for a fourth season helping coach the Corona del Sol varsity after graduating from CdS in 2017. Coach Urban played for the Aztecs on both the freshman and JV teams while in school before becoming the varsity team manager in charge of analytics his final two years, including Corona’s state runner-up team in 2016-17. He currently attends Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College majoring in statistics. His ties to Corona run deep; Urban’s mother Kris is a long-time English teacher and newspaper/yearbook adviser at the school and his brother Aric has played for the freshman, JV, and varsity teams.
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Coach Justin Garman is in his fourth year coaching at Corona del Sol. He has a BA in Psychology from Fort Lewis College and earned his Master's degree in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. Coach Garman is no stranger to CdS, having worked with security, as well as coaching three years of football. Before coming to Tempe, he coached wide receivers at Fort Lewis College in 2009 after playing four years of college football.
Coach Neil MacDonald, 53, became only the fourth head boys basketball coach in CDS history in May 2015. Taking over after serving as varsity assistant coach for the past two state championship teams, Coach Mac brings over 25 years of coaching experience to the Aztec locker room. "The opportunity to take over a program like Corona del Sol is a once in a lifetime chance," Coach Mac said. "The tradition of excellence that has been built here, not only in basketball, but campus wide, makes Corona a very special place and I feel privileged to be here."
A native Arizonan and graduate of Mesa Westwood High School, Coach Mac is well traveled, as his career has taken him many places. He has worked with athletes at the high school, college, and pro levels. Coach Mac began his career as a graduate assistant at Arizona State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Communication. From there, he spent two years coaching professionally for KFUM/Ares in Kristanstad, Sweden. "The time I spent overseas was a great learning experience for me," Coach Mac said. "As a rookie head coach, I learned very quickly how challenging the job can really be. It taught me to be humble and never stop trying to learn."
After returning home, Coach Mac spent three years as Director of Sports Competition for the Grand Canyon State Games, an Olympic-style amateur sports festival before earning a Master's degree in Education from Northern Arizona University and becoming a full-time teacher and high school coach. He spent the last 15 years in the Gilbert School District, most recently as head coach at Campo Verde High School.
The highlight of Coach Mac's coaching career to date was being a part of the Aztecs' third straight state title in 2014. "Being a part of that run through the tournament and seeing us pull out a win in OT was something I will never forget," he said.
Nothing matters more to Coach Mac than his family. "My wife and children make me a better person every day," he said. "I couldn't do this job without their love and support." Coach and his wife of 26 years, Annica, have three children: a daughter, Emma, 21, and twin boys, Marcus and Isaac, 18.
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