Former longtime Coach Ron Dawn accepted the opportunity to return to the Newport Central Catholic Boys’ Basketball Program as head coach after Coach Kenny Collopy stepped down to become the Principal at St. Cecelia School.
Ron Dawn was quoted as saying, “I want to thank Kenny for his dedication to our NCC student athletes. 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, 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 2015-2016 season ended with a 9th Region Championship where his team made it to the semifinals in the KHSAA State Tournament.
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. To date, Coach Dawn recorded 495 career victories.
NCC Public Relations and Communications Director Mary Ciafardini said, “Ron Dawn leads by example and surrounds himself with others who have a great work ethic. 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 unmeasurable 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.”