Esposito returns as Derry boys basketball head coach

Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 8:18 PM

Derry hired a boys basketball coach Thursday to replace Damon Rause, who stepped down after eight seasons.

The new coach will be a familiar name to Derry followers. Tom Esposito takes over the program after coaching the Trojans from 1999-2006.

Esposito was Rause's assistant the past two years.

“I'm looking forward to giving everything I have to our players to be the best team possible,” Esposito said.

Derry flirted with the WPIAL playoffs this season, finishing 8-12 overall and 4-8 in Section 1-4A, good for fifth place and three games out of fourth place and a potential playoff spot.

The program has not had a winning season since 2000-01 and had not been to the playoffs since 2007-08. Rause was 47-119.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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