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Boys’ basketball: St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes hires Ron Ginyard as coach

Ron Ginyard wanted the chance to be a head coach. The opportunity to move back to the Washington area made his decision even easier.

Ginyard, who played at Paul VI Catholic and graduated from Georgetown, has been hired as the new boys’ basketball coach at St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes. He takes over a team that went 3-23 and was winless in the Interstate Athletic Conference this past season under former coach Kevin McLinton.

“It will be some work,” Ginyard said. “But I’m excited about it.”

Ginyard, 30, was an assistant coach at Niagara this past season and previously had stops at Columbia, The Citadel and Navy. He is the older brother of former O’Connell All-Met guard Marcus Ginyard, who played in Israel this past season.

“After being in college coaching for six years, moving quite a bit and traveling quite a bit and grinding it out trying to chase the dream of being a Division I head coach and building a family — we have a son who is 14 months old — my wife [Therese] and I got to a point where we wanted to create a more stable life for ourselves,” Ginyard said.

“And from a professional standpoint, the opportunity to be a head coach after being an assistant for 10 years at different levels. It got to a point I wanted to be a head coach, it didn’t matter what level. I felt myself being more comfortable if it was at the high school level or Division III level, it didn’t matter that much if I can be a head coach and balance my life better at home.”

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