Cerullo named Ephrata girls’ basketball coach

By on May 16, 2018

The vacant Ephrata girls’ basketball head coaching position was filled this past week as the Ephrata Area School Board approved the hiring of Brian Cerullo as the new EHS head coach at their May 14 meeting.

Cerullo, a Pottsville High School graduate, has been employed with the District since 2002 as a Spanish teacher at Ephrata High School. He takes over for Todd Moyer, who went 15-29 in his two seasons at the helm.

Previously, Cerullo served as the Assistant to the Athletic Director and was a Ephrata High School Game Manager from 2004-2012, organizing and ensuring all facilities, players, and spectators adhered to PIAA, Lancaster-Lebanon, and District rules and policies.

Since 2014, Cerullo was the Ephrata Youth Recreation Center Girls Travel Basketball Coach, coaching athletes in grades 3-6. He also served as the Ephrata High School Freshman Boys Basketball Coach from 2002-2004 and was the Hershey High School Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball Coach in 2002.

“I am passionate about the game of basketball,” Cerullo said via e-mail Tuesday night. “I am very much a student of the game and I enjoy the strategic aspect of the sport. I also enjoy teaching and working with students in the classroom and on the basketball court. Having coached Ephrata basketball at the youth level for the past four years I’ve worked with players to help build their skills from the very beginning. These experiences gave me a better perspective on how a program can be built from the ground up and I knew that once a position opened up at the upper level, I would pursue it.”

While his experience at the varsity level is somewhat limited, Cerullo said he feels his familiarity with the student-athletes at Ephrata, as well as his past playing and coaching experience at multiple levels will help his transition to the varsity level be a smooth one.

“One of the advantages of working in a high school is getting to know student-athletes each and every day and building a solid rapport with them,” he said. “I also have experience at multiple levels of playing and coaching basketball that I will use to help develop players and the team as a whole to be as successful as they can be.”

Cerullo received a Master of Education in Sports Management from Millersville University and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Spanish and Accounting from Lebanon Valley College.

“Coach Cerullo has a strong passion for basketball and has demonstrated, as both a coach and teacher, that he has a great ability to develop positive connections with students, which is essential in leading a successful program,” commented Assistant Superintendent Richard Hornberger.

As for his goals for the program heading into his first season, Cerullo said he hopes “to establish a successful basketball culture that can be sustained for the long haul.”

“This culture will be built around solid communication, rapport, and continuous skill development from the elementary levels through the varsity team. Our team will represent the district and local community with pride in everything we do.”

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