June 25, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy head men's basketball coach Billy Lange has announced that Ron Ginyard has joined the program's staff as an assistant coach. Ginyard comes to Navy after spending one year in the same capacity at The Citadel.
"I met Ron in 2003 when I was at Villanova, and we were recruiting his younger brother, Marcus, who eventually signed with North Carolina," said Lange. "From my first conversation with him, I could tell he was an outstanding coach. He was very professional, energetic and passionate about the game of basketball. He was an assistant coach at Bishop O'Connell in one of the top high school conferences in the country (Washington, D.C.'s WCAC), and also worked with one of my good friends in Joe Jones (head coach at Columbia). The last year he spent at the Citadel gave him an affinity for the military and our players will be very impressed with his energy and passion. He will be a great addition to our staff."
Ginyard replaces Matt Sladky, who is leaving to pursue other career opportunities.
"We are very appreciative of the time Matt has spent as a member of this basketball program," said Lnage. "Matt played here on some great teams in the 90s, and brought his knowledge about the Academy and the tradition of the basketball program to our staff. He will always be a part of the Navy basketball family."
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Ginyard, who grew up in Alexandria, Va.
"I grew up in the area, so I knew about the prestige and tradition of Navy basketball," said Ginyard, whose father is a retired Marine Master Sergeant, while his father-in-law is a retired Navy Commander. "Just the chance to move back to the area and be around family was a major plus.
"I have a strong relationship with Coach Lange and am very excited to work with him," said Ginyard. "He brings great passion and energy to the position and it rubs off on the staff and players. He has a great relationship with his players. His style of play is very similar to the style that I have played and coached with. It is an opportunity to join a great coach and staff and I am really looking forward to it."
The Citadel, the youngest team in the country with 14 freshmen on the roster a year ago, posted a 6-24 record, but its style of play was similar to Navy's. The Bulldogs set school records for most three-pointers made and attempted and ranked in the top 20 nationally in both categories. Ginyard was instrumental in the development of the Southern Conference's Freshman of the Year Cameron Wells, who was joined on the Southern Conference All-Freshman team by Austin Dahn.
Ginyard joined the Citadel staff after spending one year as the director of basketball operations at Columbia, where he helped the Lions to a 16-12 record in 2006-07, their best record in 13 years.
Prior to his time at Columbia, he served a four-year stint at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Va., where he was the first assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. During his time at Bishop O'Connell, he coached and recruited 13 players that played college basketball, while earning 107 wins, the program's first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title, three consecutive Alhambra Catholic Invitational titles and three Virginia Independent School State titles. Currently, several of Ginyard's student-athletes are playing at the collegiate level, most notably his brother, Marcus, at North Carolina and David Neal of Maryland.
Ginyard served as a coach and league commissioner at Coach Wootten's Basketball Camp, run by legendary Hall of Fame coach Morgan Wootten and his son Joe Wootten, for seven weeks during the summers of 2002-06. He coordinated daily schedules and skill development for more than 800 campers per summer and also conducted evening clinics on various fundamental skills. Ginyard also worked summer camps at North Carolina, Duke and St. Bonaventure.
Ginyard is a 2006 graduate of Georgetown University where he earned a bachelor's degree in government. He played a year of collegiate basketball at Pace University after a stellar high school career at Paul VI Catholic High School.
Ginyard and his wife, Therese, are in the process of moving to the area.
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