Jupiter hires new varsity basketball coach


Karson Ilhardt

New Jupiter basketball coach, Joseph Depasquale, practices his skills during his planning period in the Jupiter gym.

Jupiter High welcomed back Joseph Depasquale to his alma mater to take over the boys’ basketball program on Sept. 18. 

Depasquale, a former Jupiter basketball player, has coached elementary, middle and high school, in addition to travel basketball teams over the span of eight years. His most recent coaching position was head varsity basketball coach at Treasure Coast High School.

Growing up playing basketball, Depasquale has seen his share of success on the court, and he hopes to bring that success to Jupiter for the 2021 season. 

We have two main goals for this upcoming season,” Depasquale said. “The first one is to get better every day. We want to focus on continuing to improve in all aspects of basketball. Our second goal is to win a district championship.” 

Depasquale is excited to begin his first season as head coach and hopes to lead the team beyond the regular season to the playoffs. 

“The last time the basketball team won the district championship was during my senior year,” Depasquale said. “I would love nothing more than to lead our team to one this year as a coach.” 

To become the head coach for a class 9A basketball team is an honor, but Depasquale’s return to coach the team he played for is both a privilege and exceptionally meaningful. 

It is a dream come true,” Depasquale said. “So much of who I am today is from my time as a Warrior. I am fortunate that I now get the chance to lead the program that means so much to me.”

Depasquale’s passion for both the sport and the competition are what make him so eager to return to the place where he was able to embrace basketball as a young Warrior. 

“I love the competition,” he said. “The intensity and emotion from a close game in front of a great crowd is what makes the game so fun.”