Berks Catholic’s Snip Esterly named new head coach of Reading Rebels basketball team – Reading Eagle

Berks Catholic Boys coach Snip Esterly is the new Reading Rebels coach, the team announced on Friday.

Esterly, the winningest coach in Berks High School basketball history, replaces Sergio Afre, who led the team to a 2-2 record in the Basketball League.

The Rebels gave no reason for the coaching change.

Esterly has an overall coaching record of 769-212 in 33 seasons, the first 22 at Central Catholic. In his 11 seasons at Berks Catholic, Esterly is 227-89.

In 2022, Estery led the Saints to a 23-5 record and a Class 4A District 3 title that season. His teams won 13 district titles, eight Berks titles and a PIAA Class 1A championship in 2007.

In a press release, the Rebels said Snip’s ability to “keep everyone on the same page” will prove instrumental in the development of the Rebels.

Joe Linderman, a two-time All-Berks selection and Drexel graduate who played for Esterly at Central Catholic, joins Esterly as an assistant coach. Kelsey Stasyszyn, former head girls coach at Carlisle, is also an assistant.

Linderman became the fourth-highest scorer in Drexel history with 1,840 points. He previously coached Berks Catholic High School women’s team, Fleetwood men’s team and was an assistant at Central Catholic, Exeter and Alvernia.

Regarding the decision, Esterly said he believes the opportunity “is going to be pretty good.

“Between me, Kelsey and Joe, we’re going to be building a fantastic coaching staff,” Esterly said in the Rebels press release.

This Saturday, the Rebels will travel to Lehigh Valley to face the Legends at 7 p.m. and return to the Geigle to face the Connecticut Cobras on Sunday at 6 p.m.

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