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Ron Dawn to Return as Head Coach of Newport Catholic Boys Basketball

The Newport Central Catholic boys basketball program will have a familiar face on the bench next season.

Ron Dawn, who stepped down as head coach in 2016 and became the school's principal, is returning as head coach following the resignation of Kevin Collopy who announced his departure last week ahead of his becoming principal of St. Cecilia School in Independence.

“I want to thank Kenny for his dedication to our NCC student athletes," Dawn said. "His decision to leave NCC for a career move opportunity provided an opening for me to return to something I am very passionate about. As I remain on staff as principal of our wonderful student body, I am excited to accept this role as boys basketball coach and continue the success that NCC has established.”

Dawn saw much success as head of the Thoroughbreds program from 1990 to 2004 and again from 2013 to 2016. He also coached the girls program from 2009 to 2013.

Dawn won 495 games as head coach, including three All A State titles. He is the only coach to have won 9th region titles with boys and girls teams.

“Ron Dawn leads by example and surrounds himself with others who have a great work ethic," said NCC public relations and communications director Mary Ciafardini. "From being a Hall of Fame player and coach, to a great principal and mentor he will continue to have a tremendous impact on the NCC school community. 

"Ron is well respected by his faculty, staff, students, players, colleagues, and opposing coaches and he will resume this basketball coaching role without missing a beat. He has accomplished things that no other coach in the state of Kentucky has accomplished. His love for the game and his immeasurable devotion to NCC is commendable. Likewise, he will continue to lead our school as principal as he spearheads a master plan for facility upgrades that will enhance the already excellent Catholic education and academic program we offer.”

-Staff report