SOMERS, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin-Parkside athletic department is proud to announce Tuesday the hiring of Daniel Esposito as the Rangers' new head coach for the baseball program.
Esposito becomes the program's 10th head coach, replacing Joel Weaver who compiled a 47-97 record in three years at the helm.
“I am very excited to have coach Daniel Esposito joining our staff. His commitment to academics and hard work will be key to our continued growth and success of the baseball program,” said athletic director Tamie Falk-Day.
Esposito comes to UW-Parkside from Pittsburg State University where he served as an assistant coach during the 2012 season. Prior to Pitt State, he was the head coach at Southwestern Oregon Community College for four seasons.
Esposito served as an assistant coach at Johnson County Community College from 2004-2007, filling the role of recruiting coordinator/hitting and infield instructor for the Cavaliers and was an assistant coach for Pitt State from 2001-2003.
"I'd like to thank Tamie Falk-Day and the search committee for giving me this opportunity," said Esposito. "I look forward to the challenge of taking the program to the next level and competing in the always tough Great Lakes Valley Conference."
Esposito played three seasons for Pitt State, from 1995-97. He became the first NCAA Division II All-American in program history in 1997, when he captured the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Triple Crown by leading the conference in batting average (.460), home runs (13) and RBIs (71). Esposito was named both the MIAA and Central Region Player of the Year during his senior campaign. He was inducted into the Pitt State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
Esposito graduated from Pitt State in 1998 where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature while earning his master of science degree in physical education in 2002.
He and his wife Tami have two children, Will and Malia.
The Rangers wrapped up their 2012 campaign with a 19-30 overall record, including a 12-24 mark in Great Lakes Valley Conference play.