Joe Leota isn’t just happy about being hired as the new Rainier Beach girls basketball coach.
“I’m ecstatic,” he said. “It’s my dream job. I grew up in the community. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to get the program headed in the right direction.”
Leota, a 1989 Kennedy Catholic graduate, was head girls coach at Highline High School for two seasons, 2005-07, before stepping time to spend more time with his daughters, now ages 13 and 10. He also was head girls coach at Summit in 2004-05 and before that spent time as an assistant coach at Cleveland and Holy Names. Leota said he has been a volunteer coach in the AAU system the past three years.