NCC Coach George Stoll announced his decision to step down as head coach of the girls’ basketball program.
Coach Stoll leaves Newport Central Catholic after ten seasons with the girls’ basketball program, six as the head coach. Under his leadership, he led the Lady Thoroughbreds to three All A 9th Region Championships, three All A State Semi-final appearances, one All A State Final appearance, one District Championship, and one 9th Region Championship. In 2014, Coach Stoll was named Cincinnati Enquirer and Greater Cincinnati Coach of the Year. In 2015 and 2016, he was recognized as Division II Coach of the Year. He was named 9th Region Coach of the Year in 2016.
NCC Athletic Director Jimmy Ryan was quoted as saying, “I am really sad to see George step down as the head coach but I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to have worked with him over the past two years. He truly cares about the girls and their growth as basketball players and more importantly as young women. He definitely made a positive difference and he will be missed.”
NCC Principal Ron Dawn added, “We are losing a great basketball coach. We thank Coach Stoll for his commitment to NCC and dedication to our students. George has built a solid girls basketball program and has been a great mentor for so many of our young ladies. He is a great teacher and motivator and we are glad he will continue at NCC in his teaching role.”
Coach Stoll said, “It is with mixed emotions that I’ve decided to step down as the girls’ basketball coach at Newport Central Catholic. NewCath has been, and always will be, home for me. I want to thank the administration at NCC for all of their constant support, especially Ron Dawn. I’ve been fortunate enough to coach in a situation to where I’ve been comfortable and appreciated, and I thank him for that. I also want to thank the girls I’ve had the pleasure of coaching over the past ten years as a Junior Varsity and Varsity coach. Hopefully, they’ve learned traits to help them throughout life to become better daughters, sisters, teammates, employees, wives, and mothers.”
The process of hiring a new girls’ basketball coach is underway.