Berkeley High principal Pasquale Scuderi confirmed to the Bay Area News Group that Mark DeLuca has been hired as Berkeley's new boys basketball coach.

"He's a guy who has been successful both at Pinole (Valley) and De Anza. He took a program at De Anza which was in dire straits and built it into something," Scuderi said.

"It's the job that I have always wanted," DeLuca said. "It's like the Kentucky of high school basketball."

The season before DeLuca became the boys basketball coach at De Anza, the team had a 2-21 overall record. In his two seasons as coach, DeLuca led the Dons to a 17-10 record in the 2011-2012 season and a 16-12 record in the 2012-2013 season.

He also was the coach of Pinole Valley's boys basketball team for nine seasons. He had an overall record of 145-94 and was 83-48 in league play during that time.

DeLuca replaces Damion McNeil, who led the Yellowjackets for four seasons. He had an overall record of 69-38 in that span.

"I think we, frankly, have tremendous respect and appreciation for Damion," Scuderi said. "We felt the program had gone as far as it could with that coach. We were looking for someone to jump-start us to a different level."



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