Just two seasons ago, the Providence High boys' basketball program had an energetic new coach in Ernest Baskerville and a freshman sensation in player Marcus LoVett Jr.
The two helped the Pioneers make history during the 2011-12 campaign. Providence won its first league championship in more than a decade, advanced to the program's first-ever CIF Southern Section championship game — only the second appearance in any sport in school history — and qualified for the state playoffs for the first time.
All that helped to put Providence on the boys' basketball map.
But LoVett left the team during his sophomore season last year and eventually transferred out of Providence. Now the Pioneers have lost the other piece of their championship puzzle, as Baskerville confirmed that it became official Wednesday morning that he accepted the position as boys' basketball coach at La Salle in Pasadena.
"When you look at it, Ernest got us to a CIF final and his teams made the playoffs the two years he was here with us," Providence Athletic Director Andrew Bencze said. "He definitely brought some success here and he kind of put us out there in a different way than we've been in the past as a program.