Clarksburg head coach G.J. Kissal will not be returning to coach the Coyotes’ boys basketball team next season.
Kissal, a longtime public school coach in Montgomery County, has accepted the head coaching position at his alma mater Good Counsel.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead this special program into the future,” Kissal said in a posting on Facebook. “I will take enormous pride in representing the school many of us call home.”
Good Counsel opted not to renew David Credle’s contract after a two-year stint at the Olney private school. During his tenure, Credle led Good Counsel to a 26-35 record. Credle, a Gonzaga graduate who played collegiately at Loyola, was promoted to head coach at Good Counsel in 2014 after serving as an assistant under Robert Churchwell the previous year. He inherited a team that went 1-24 and won 26 games over the past two seasons.
Kissal, who played at Good Counsel from 1989-91, began his coaching career at the then-Wheaton private school in 1995 where he worked with both the junior varsity and varsity teams.
“He’s a great communicator, he’s a player’s coach,” said Chris Monroe, a former Good Counsel standout who graduated in 1999. “I think his relations with the student-athletes are going to be good.”
Kissal also held coaching stints at Catholic University, Bishop McNamara and Bullis before landing in Montgomery County Public Schools where he spent the past decade as a varsity head coach.
Kissal took over the Rockville varsity boys basketball program in 2007 and spent five years guiding the Rams’ program before he was hired at Clarksburg in 2012.
During his tenure at Clarksburg, Kissal guided the Coyotes to a 60-39 record and helped the program reach new heights. Clarksburg finished the 2015-16 campaign at 17-9 including an appearance in the Maryland 4A West region championship game.
“G.J. has built successful basketball programs by following his philosophy of developing the student-athlete as a whole person,” Stephanie Wilson, Good Counsel’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations, said in a news release. “His goals for his players include improving their basketball skills and knowledge, strengthening their study habits, and teaching them proper time management.”
Kissal takes over a Good Counsel program that finished 15-17 last season but returns junior point guard and leading scorer Cameron Norman, a fourth team All-Sentinel performer.
In the late 1990’s, Good Counsel’s boys basketball program reached its peak with Monroe, Roger Mason, A.J. Harris, Earl Hunt and Joe Truhe who all went on to play Division I college basketball. The talented quintet also helped guide the Falcons to a national ranking in USA Today during the 1998-99 campaign so it was only fitting that Good Counsel attempt to resurrect the program by hiring one of their own.
“It was a good selection,” said Monroe. “He should be able to bring some of the old alumni back. He’ll get a lot of support from the Good Counsel community.”
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