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Clarksburg, Rockville get new boys’ basketball coaches

Clarksburg High School Athletic Director Jeff Sullivan announced Friday that the 6-year-old school has named G.J. Kissal as its boys’ basketball coach. Kissal previously served in the same position at Rockville High School.

“G.J. is the entire package,” said Sullivan, who added he thinks the program has the infrastructure in place to succeed at high levels. “We wanted a strong Xs and Os coach, but that is only one component. We needed someone to be a figurehead, someone to get the school excited, someone to be an engaging personality in the community and someone who valued family. G.J. had everything and more.”

Kissal, the school’s third coach, replaces Larry Hurd, who resigned earlier this month and won 13 games in each of the past two seasons.

In 17 years of coaching, Kissal, who was at Rockville since 2007, has compiled a 187-92 high school varsity record. He also has served as an assistant coach at Bullis, Bishop McNamara and Catholic University, where he won the 2001 NCAA Division III National Championship as a member of current George Washington University coach Mike Lonergan’s staff. Kissal graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel and Allentown College. He also played professional basketball in Greece for PAS Phillipos.

"The main thing was I have the opportunity to join a young program in a [relatively] brand new school and leave my mark," Kissal said. "Rockville has a storied basketball tradition. So the opportunity for me to move where there was no definitive basketball tradition and leave my mark in this community was an exciting chance."

Kissal, a science teacher, also is heavily involved in I-270 basketball and started a youth camp at Rockville. He said he plans to immerse himself in the Clarksburg Sports Association.

Meanwhile, Rockville already has selected a replacement. Rams junior varsity coach Steve Watson was promoted last week and will direct his first varsity team during the summer league season.

“It worked out well,” Rockville athletic director Mike Hayes said. “G.J. did a great job and we’ve watched Steve for five years. We were fortunate to get this in place so quickly.”

Good Counsel grad gets all-conference honors

Our Lady of Good Counsel graduate Kelsey Dunn was named to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Second Team in softball. The sophomore first baseman hit .326 with a home run and 27 RBIs at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. Dunn started all 44 games as the Wildcats went 28-16 and lost in the semifinals of the conference tournament.