New Cath Coach Steps Down; Dayton Boys, Scott & Holmes Girls Gain Coaches
Newport Central Catholic announced the departure of its head boys basketball coach, Kenny Collopy, who is set to become principal at St. Cecilia School in Independence.
Over the three seasons that Collopy was at the helm, he had a combined record of 46 wins and 45 losses, including a 9-19 mark last season in which the Thoroughbreds' season ended in the district tournament.
Collopy graduated from New Cath in 2003 and started coaching there in 2012 under former head coach and current principal Ron Dawn. He assumed the head coach position three years ago.
He also served as New Cath's director of advancement.
"It is with mixed emotions that I have decided to leave Newport Central Catholic as the director of advancement and varsity boys basketball coach to become the principal at St. Cecilia School in Independence, Kentucky," Collopy said. "I am sad to leave Newport Central Catholic, but excited to begin a new chapter of my life still promoting the mission of Catholic Education."
“We thank Kenny for his dedication to our students as teacher and coach," Ron Dawn said. "Kenny is a good Christian role model, motivator, and mentor. Additionally, as the Director of Advancement, he made a positive difference, and he will be missed. We know he will do well as principal at St. Cecilia and we wish him the very best in this new role.”
The school is looking for a new coach and said the search is underway.
New coaches for Dayton boys, Scott and Holmes girls
Dayton's boys basketball team will have a new head coach next season.
Ron Kinmon will take over on the Greendevils' bench. He played at Grant County from 1985-89 and is a member of the Braves' basketball hall of fame. Kinmon played college basketball at Berea from 1989-93.
Previously, Kinmon served as an assistant at Grant County from 1995-9 and served as head coach for ten seasons after, winning one district title and a 2003 regional runner-up finish.
He was 8th region coach of the year in 2003 and 2009.
Kinmon has not been a head coach since 2009 after leaving Grant County, though he did spend the past two seasons as an assistant for the Walton-Verona girls team.
Steve Brown is the new head coach for the Scott girls basketball team. He comes to Taylor Mill after previously leading St. Henry. Last season, his Crusaders team went 17-11.
Alissa Brown will take over the Holmes girls basketball team. She spent the previous season coaching the Bulldogs' junior varsity team.
“I am so excited and grateful that I have been given the opportunity to lead the Lady Bulldogs Basketball program,’’ Brown said. “I am so fortunate to be able to teach and coach these young student-athletes on the Holmes Campus. The Holmes community has accepted me with open arms and I have been overwhelmed with the amount support I have received.’’
Brown grew up in Iowa and played college basketball at Kentucky State.
-Michael Monks, editor & publisher
Top photo: Kenny Collopy (provided)