Mark Coppola and Blair Estarfaa, two former local high school basketball standouts, will serve as assistant coaches under Daemen College men's basketball head coach Mike MacDonald this season.
Coppola, a playmaking standout at Williamsville South, is a 2014 Daemen graduate. He played 110 games in his four-year career and helped the team win 68 games as the starting point guard. As a senior he led Daemen to the East Coast Conference regular-season title. His No. 21 was retired at Williamsville South last year. Coppola was junior varsity coach at Sweet Home and coached the Buffalo Storm in AAU ball.
"He had a stellar career as a Wildcat both on and off of the court, and he will be a great role model for our student-athletes," MacDonald said. "What better way for our young point guards to learn than from one of the best in Daemen history?"
Estarfaa played at Maryvale where he averaged 25 points a game as a senior, made second team All-Western New York and was ECIC III Player of the Year. He captained the 2015-16 Cortland State team to a 21-8 record and the SUNYAC championship. He also played one year at Medaille when MacDonald coached there. Estarfaa was assistant coach at Alfred University last season.
"That year I got to see him deal with adversity and really mature," MacDonald said of Estarfaa. "I was really impressed with his work at Alfred University last year. You could see he has become really focused on being a college coach and moving up in the profession."
They join former Kenmore West standout Ryan Grandits on MacDonald's staff. Grandits was graduate assistant coach last season after playing for MacDonald at both Medaille and Daemen.