The Pearl River Board of Education approved the appointment of Daniel Lauture as Pearl River's varsity girls basketball head coach during its meeting Tuesday night in the district administration building.
Lauture, 28, is a 2008 graduate of Central Connecticut State with a master's degree from Arizona State University. He coached the girls varsity basketball team at Raymond S. Kellis High School in Glenndale, AZ for two years before spending last season as a volunteer assistant with the women's basketball program at Iona College.
"He was so thrilled (to get the Pearl River job)," said Anthony Bozzella, who was the head coach at Iona last year and is now the head women's basketball coach at Seton Hall. "He's going to be organized. He's very passionate. He has a lot of enthusiasm and energy. He knows the game well. He's a great student of the game."
Lauture replaces Lorraine Moylan, a Basketball Coaches Association of New York Hall of Famer who retired in March after 20 seasons leading the Pirates. Moylan coached Pearl River to two section championships and finished with the most coaching victories in Rockland County basketball history. He said he has spoken with Moylan, who is still a teacher at Pearl River High School, and wants her to be as involved with the program as possible.
"As I read more about the school, I realized what a wonderful opportunity had presented itself," Lauture said. "I've been on cloud nine since I got the news. It has a great tradition.
"It's a good program. I love the community. I'm ready to hit the ground running."