Bob Torribio, the right-hand man of former Newport Harbor High Coach Larry Hirst, has been named the new boys' basketball coach of the Sailors, said sources familiar with the situation.
Athletic Director Mike Zimmerman confirmed Tuesday that Torribio is taking over the Newport Harbor program.
Torribio, a 1995 Newport Harbor graduate, filled in for Hirst last season, marking the third time he has done that when Hirst took a leave of absence in the past four seasons.
The Sailors have now turned to Torribio to lead the program after Hirst stepped down for good in March because of criminal threats made against him and his wife.
Torribio, who has been coaching at his alma mater for the past 11 seasons, was one of three finalists for the Newport Harbor job.
Sources said the other two candidates were Jason Carey, a junior varsity coach at Newport Harbor, and Darryl Hilliard, the junior varsity coach at Back Bay rival Corona del Mar.