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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Newport Catholic's Ron Dawn to retire as Thoroughbreds Basketball Coach

Ron Dawn announced his retirement from the head coaching position at NCC. He previously announced his retirement as Principal earlier this year. 

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Today, Newport Central Catholic High School Basketball Coach Ron Dawn announced his resignation as the head coach of the Thoroughbreds.  

This follows the April announcement of his retirement as principal of the school.   It was previously reported that Dawn would return as NCC's coach.

Dawn, a 1974 graduate of Newport Catholic and standout basketball player, began his coaching career at NCC with the boys basketball program in 1980.  He was named the NCC boys’ head coach in 1990.  After a five year break to follow his son’s college basketball career, he resumed coaching duties at NCC.  He was named the girls’ head coach in 2009, a post he held for four seasons.  

In 2013, Coach Dawn returned to the boys' basketball program adding three more All "A" Classic State Titles to his list of successes.  His most recent 9th Region Championship came in 2015-16 where his team made it to the semifinals in the KHSAA State Tournament.  Following that season he stepped down as head coach but returned to the post in 2019.

Coach Dawn is the only coach in the state to win an All “A” State Championship in both boys and girls basketball.  Additionally, he is the only 9th Region Coach to win a regional title for both the boys and girls.  Coach Dawn retires with 520 career victories. 

Coach Dawn expressed his thanks to all of his past and present coaches and players.  He said, “I am grateful to all the young men and ladies I have had the honor of coaching over the years and to all those who coached alongside me.”

“As a former player, assistant coach, co-worker and mentee of Coach Dawn, I can personally attest to the deep positive impact he has had on multiple generations of players and students,” Principal Kenny Collopy added. “Newport Central Catholic High School is forever in debt to his selfless dedication.  We are so grateful.”

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