Entering his seventh season as the assistant coach of the Tornado men’s basketball team, Nick Pasqua is building a name for himself as one of the region’s up-and-coming assistant basketball coaches. After spending four years wearing a King basketball uniform as a player, he patrols the sidelines for both the varsity and junior varsity teams helping build young men that are strong on the court and serve as strong representations of his alma mater.
Pasqua helped guide the Tornado to their second Conference Carolinas regular season title and first Conference Carolinas Tournament title in 2015-16. He also helped the Tornado climbe the polls early in the season, achieving a ranking as high as seventh in the NABC poll, their highest ranking in the poll in school history. The Tornado won 10 straight contests before falling in the season finale, King wrapped up their second Conference Carolinas regular season title and top seed in the league tournament with a mark of 17-3. King hosted the semifinals and finals in the Student Center Complex, defeating Barton 85-53 in the championship game, clinching their second NCAA Tournament berth. The Tornado earned the No. 2 seed in the regional tournament, and their season came to close in the first round, falling to regional finalist Lenoir-Rhyne, giving King an overall record of 25-7. C.J. Good and Hunter LeVeau both garnered all-conference honors and Good earned All-Region honors from the NABC after leading all of NCAA Division II with an average of 3.97 three-point field goals per game.
in 2014-15, Pasqua helped the Tornado make history as they hosted a game that was televised on national television for the first time in school history. King squared off against 18th-ranked University of Mount Olive in CBS Sports' NCAA Division II Basketball Game of the Week. The Tornado gave the sellout crowd quite a show, coming from 12 points down and closing the game on a 53-23 run over the final 16 minutes and outscored the Trojans 60-38 in the second half to take the contest 91-73 for their first win over a ranked team since 2013. King would finish runner-up to Mount Olive in the Conference Carolinas regular season standings with a league record of 17-3. The Tornado advanced to the conference tournament semifinals with a buzzer-beating three-point shot from Hunter LeVeau to top Limestone, however, King's run ended with a loss to North Greenville in the semifinals. The Tornado ended the season with an overall record of 24-6, going 14-1 in the Student Center Complex. Logan Lyle earned Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete of the Year for the second time, became the first King men's basketball player to be selected Capital One Academic All-District, and King University’s Male Athlete of the Year.
The 2013-14 season saw the Tornado break the school record for three-point baskets in a game when they connected on 27 triples in their 131-69 win over Mars Hill University in the second game of the year. King also came within two points of the 44 year old school record for points in a game. In all, Pasqua helped guide the Tornado to an overall record of 16-13, going 11-5 in Conference Carolinas play. King finished only one game out of first place, and finished as conference tournament runners-up to Limestone College.
Pasqua helped guide the Tornado to a 19-8 overall record while posting a 14-6 mark in Conference Carolinas play in 2012-13. Their conference mark landed the Tornado just one game out of first place in their second year in the league. The Tornado also posted a 3-0 record against the NCAA Southeast Region finalists, Barton College and USC-Aiken.
In 2011-12, Pasqua helped lead the Tornado to a Conference Carolinas regular season championship in its first year as a league member. Behind a 23-8 overall and 14-2 conference record, the Tornado became the first nationally-ranked team in school history since becoming a NCAA Division II institution, reaching No. 25 in the country in the Jan. 31 NABC Coaches’ Poll. He watched as the team earned an at-large berth into the 2011-12 NCAA Tournament, put two players on the All-Conference team, and had one represented on the All-Southeast Region Team. Supporting the philosophy his former head coach and current boss implemented, the Tornado finished No. 1 in the country in three-point field goals per game, averaging 11.0 per contest.
He currently assists in all aspects of the daily operations of the men’s basketball program as well as helping in the area of player improvement.
Pasqua spent four years as a player at King from 2004-08 and played his final two seasons for current head coach, George Pitts. In two seasons under Pitts, he compiled a 49-19 record. Pasqua was a four-year starter, was a part of the two AAC tournament championship teams, and the 2007-08 AAC regular season championship team. He was selected to the AAC First Team, AAC All-Defensive Team, and AAC All-Academic Team after his senior season. Pasqua scored 1,300 points and dished out 500 assists during his Tornado career.
He graduated from King in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management. He is a native of Alcoa, Tenn. and currently resides in Bristol (Tenn.).