Joe Esposito Reunites With Tubby Smith At Texas Tech
"Joe brings experience as a head coach and knowledge of what we have done in the past at Minnesota," said Smith. "He was the guy that was our basketball operations and he has also been on the road recruiting at times and he did an excellent job. You want someone who can appreciate what it takes to get the job done, but also be loyal advisor that can tell you the truth. Joe is very innovated and very creative and he brings stability to our program.
"The fact that Joe worked at Angelo State is a big help for us as well. He knows this region and that is going to help me in my adjustment, as well as all of the other coaches and staff members that may not be from this region or this area.
"Having a guy like Pooh Williamson, who is from Oklahoma and has worked in Texas, and Joe, who has lived here for about eight years, are both positives. They know that players come first and that is the most important thing. They have done that before and they have done a good job of it."
Esposito is not only reuniting with Smith, but with the region. He served as the head coach at Angelo State for eight seasons (1998-06).
Esposito spent six seasons on Smith's staff in Minnesota as the Director of Basketball Operations. While in Minnesota, he handled all administrative duties of the Golden Gopher basketball program and coordinated all aspects of the Tubby Smith Basketball Camps and Clinics.
Prior to his stay in Minnesota, he spent the 2006-07 season as the head coach at The Villages Charter High School in Florida, where he recorded the best record in school history and advanced The Villages to the Class 3A District 7 Final Four. In addition, Esposito was a computer science teacher at the school.
Esposito also was the head coach at Angelo State for eight years (1998-2006). Esposito recorded 118 wins in those eight seasons and left the school with the highest winning percentage of any coach in the program's history. In 2000-01, the Rams advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in 10 years, and only the third time in school history. Angelo State won the Lone Star Conference South Division Championship with a 22-8 record, which tied the highest single-season win total in school history. In addition, Esposito was voted LSC South Coach of the Year in 2001.
In 2002, Esposito led the Rams to its fourth consecutive winning season, the first time ASU had posted four straight winning seasons in two decades. In just four seasons, Esposito led the Rams to three of the top five single season win totals in school history and three straight post-season berths. In 2003, ASU posted its fifth consecutive winning season, a mark only matched one other time in the history of the program. He left the program as one of the winningest coaches in Lone Star Conference history.
In his first season at Angelo State in 1999, Esposito posted the best turnaround in Division II by any rookie head coach, improving the Rams' record by seven victories and having the first winning season since 1994. In his second year, he took the Rams to the Lone Star Conference Tournament and a win over nationally-ranked Midwestern State. The 2000 team posted a 19-win season, which was the second-best record in school history, surpassed only by Esposito's 2001 team that won 22 games.
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