St. John’s has hired former Benedictine coach Sean McAloon as its new boys’ basketball coach, the Northwest Washington private school announced Wednesday evening. He replaces Paul DeStefano, who was fired in late March after 16 seasons with St. John’s.

McAloon had been the coach at Benedictine for seven seasons, building the Cadets into one of Virginia’s top private school programs. Benedictine, located in Richmond, was 27-7 this past season.

Previously, McAloon had been an assistant coach at Bucknell and his alma mater, Randolph-Macon. As a player, McAloon was a four-year letter-winner and two-year captain at Randolph-Macon.

“I am very excited to welcome Sean McAloon to the St. John’s community,” President Jeffrey Mancabelli said in a statement. “He truly encompasses the Catholic, Lasallian values that we look for in our faculty, staff and coaches. He is an outstanding coach, and more importantly he’s the kind of person you want developing and shaping young men.”

McAloon, who will teach social studies, will be introduced Thursday.