Joe Esposito moves into his third season as an assistant coach at Texas Tech after spending six seasons on Tubby Smith’s staff at Minnesota.
Esposito’s many responsibilities include player development, scouting and recruiting. He has aided the Red Raiders on the recruiting trail, and Texas Tech has assembled its best recruiting classes in more than a decade during the last couple of seasons.
Esposito possesses nearly three decades of coaching experience which includes 26 years at the collegiate level. He is currently in his second stint in the State of Texas and with the Texas Tech University System after serving as the head coach at Angelo State for eight seasons from 1998-2006.
Esposito worked as the Director of Basketball Operations for six seasons on Smith’s staff at Minnesota. He handled all administrative duties for the Golden Gopher basketball program and coordinated all aspects of the Tubby Smith Basketball Camps and Clinics. He also aided in recruiting when being elevated to an assistant coach on a fill-in basis.
Prior to his arrival at Minnesota, Esposito handled the head coaching duties in 2006-07 at the Villages Charter High School located in Central Florida. He led the Buffaloes to their best record in school history and to the Class 3A District 7 Final Four.
Esposito amassed 118 victories over his eight seasons as the head coach at Angelo State. He became the second coach in program history to reel off five consecutive winning seasons and secured three of Angelo State’s top 10 single season win totals at the time. Esposito left the school with the highest winning percentage during the NCAA Division II era.
In his first season at Angelo State, Esposito produced the best turnaround in the Division II ranks during the 1998-99 season by any rookie head coach. He improved ASU’s win total by six games, and the Rams came away with their first winning season since 1994-95. The 1999-2000 team amassed 19 victories which ranked as the program’s highest win total dating back to the 1987-88 season.
Esposito guided the Rams to the Lone Star Conference South Division Championship and the program’s third NCAA Division II Tournament berth during the 2000-01 season. Angelo State won 13 of its final 16 games and racked up a 22-8 record. The 22 victories equaled the 1983-84 and 1987-88 squads for the school’s single-season wins mark at the time, while his 11-1 conference record matched the 1987-88 team for the best in school history. For his efforts, Esposito was named the LSC South Coach of the Year.
Esposito extended ASU’s run to five straight winning seasons after the 2002-03 season, the second-longest run in school history behind only an eight-year stretch during the 1980s. He was selected to coach the United States team of NCAA Division II All-Stars for America Sports International during the summer of 2005. The team captured the gold medal at the Gianni Ernesto Cup.
Esposito's relationship with Coach Smith dates back to his tenure as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Tennessee State. He played a vital role for the Tigers from 1995-98 and was responsible for recruiting three Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year award winners. His 1996-97 and 1997-98 recruiting classes were ranked among the nation’s top 30 by Hoop Scoop. He also worked as an academic counselor while at Tennessee State.
Esposito took over as interim head coach at NCAA Division II powerhouse Assumption College in 1995 after a six-year stint as an assistant and associate head coach. The Greyhounds rattled off three consecutive Northeast-10 Conference championships and notched a pair of NCAA Division II regional appearances. Assumption also set single season records for wins and winning streaks at the school with Esposito on staff.
Esposito’s resume also includes working as an assistant coach at Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park, New York, a student assistant coach at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York and time as an assistant coach at the Bay State and Empire State games.
A native of The Bronx, New York, Esposito received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science in 1988 from Marist College. He earned a Master of Science in sports administration and coaching from the United States Sports Academy in Mobile, Alabama in 1990, graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Esposito and his wife Mary have two sons, Jordan Michael and Jacob O'Neal, along with two daughters, Shay Lynn and Harmony. Their oldest daughter, Harmony, is a freshman at Texas Tech majoring in advertising at the College of Media and Communication. Their oldest son, Jordan Michael, is a freshman at Virginia Wesleyan College and will play baseball this spring.
The Joe Esposito File