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Men's Basketball Coaching Staff

Head Coach Maurice Leitzke

Head Coach Maurice Leitzke

A native of Woodstock, Ill., Coach Leitzke was a two-time Northern Illinois Class 2A Player of the Year. He played two seasons at Valparaiso University and finished his collegiate career at Evangel University, where he earned NAIA All-American honors.

Leitzke went on to play pro basketball in Australia, New Zealand and Austria and was the second-leading scorer in Australia’s SBL league. He also led the SBL in three-pointers made and free-throw percentage. He was voted Best New Import by SBL referees in 1998.

Prior to taking over the Eastern Arizona program, Leitzke served two seasons as head coach at Cameron University (NCAA 2), two years as an assistant at Cameron University, and two seasons as an assistant coach at Southwest Baptist University (NCAA 2).

He is married to Torey Leitzke who also assists with the EAC Men’s Basketball program and together they have a son, Dane.

Assistance Coach Justin Tabor

Assistant Coach Justin Tabor

Degree: B.S. Kinesiology

Justin Tabor will begin his first year as the Assistant Coach on the 2019-2020 Gila Monsters staff.

Prior to Eastern Arizona, Justin served as the Assistant Coach for two seasons for the Hall of Fame Coach, Jay Herkelman. While at Coffeyville CC, his duties consisted of player development, organizing scouting reports, breaking down film for player and team film sessions, recruiting, team travel, organization of meals and equipment, academic guidance for players, oversee all student managers, and student life manager for both men and women’s dorm.

During his two seasons at Coffeyville CC, they went 60-9, won two Jayhawk Conference Championships, Region 6 Championship (2018), made it to the National Tournament 2x while getting to the Sweet 16 as the 5th seed (2018) and the Final 4 (2019) as the 3rd seed. Coffeyville CC finished 10th in the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Rankings in 2018 and finished 3rd in the NJCAA Men’s Basketball in 2019 while never dropping below 9th in the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Rankings. Justin coached two JUCO All-Americans and 13 All- KJCCC/All Region VI players.

Prior to Coffeyville CC, Justin served as the Graduate Assistant at New Mexico St. from 2015-2017. His duties consisted of filming and coding home and away games, video exchange with opposing teams, cutting and editing film for the coaching staff, in-charge of all student managers, providing academic guidance for players, and assisting with day-to-day operations.

Before becoming a Graduate Assistant, Justin served as a Student Manager for New Mexico St. for five seasons (2011-2015) and the Head Student Manager for three seasons (2013-2015). His duties consisted of setting up for practices and games, film and code home games, maintaining cleanliness and organization of the locker room and equipment room while keeping track of inventory, washing practice and game gear, assist with practice drills and individual workouts, and in-charge of managing all student managers.

In the 7 years at New Mexico St., the team achieved a total of 168 wins, five NCAA Tournament berths (2011-2014, 2017), five WAC Tournament Championships (2011-2014, 2017), two WAC regular season champions (2015 & 2016), and one National Invitational Tournament berth (2016).

The Los Angeles, CA native earned his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from New Mexico St. University and is currently working on a Master’s of Arts in Education: Curriculum & Instruction at New Mexico St. University.

Manager Coach Chris Corona

Student Assistant Coach Chris Corona

Chris is in his 1st year as a Student Assistant for the Eastern Arizona Men’s Basketball. However, this isn’t Chris’s first stint with the Gila Monsters. Chris played for Eastern Arizona during the 2017-2018 season. Before joining the program, the Duncan, AZ native played 4 years at Duncan High School.