In 2018-19 John Ginnity ’01 enters his second season and third tour on the men’s basketball coaching staff, returning after an eight year hiatus. He will act as Associate Head Coach after serving as a volunteer last season.
After a stint at Assumption College, Ginnity returned as Associate Head Coach for the first four years of Head Coach Paul Phillips second stint from 2006 -2010 at Clark. This culminated with a NEWMAC Tournament Championship and a trip to NCAA tournament 2nd round. The Cougars defeated nationally ranked MIT 71-59 in the conference semifinals before knocking off league and city rival WPI in the conference championship game, 74-68. Clark then defeated NCAA 1st and 2nd round host and nationally ranked Albright College 69-67 before succumbing to eventual Final Four participant Randolph-Macon 70-60.
Prior to coming to Clark Ginnity also spent time coaching at Framingham State University and Worcester Academy.
Ginnity came to Clark as a student athlete in 1998-99 and made an immediate impact leading the Cougars to the first ever NEWMAC regular season and conference tournament titles. He spent his freshman season at Catholic University as part of an NCAA Sweet Sixteen team who finished tenth in the final national poll.
As a senior captain in 2000-2001, Ginnity earned Most Valuable Player and New England Basketball Coaches Association (NEBCA) All-Star honors that year. He led the Cougars to their second regular season conference title and to the NEWMAC Conference tournament title with a 77-57 win over Babson College as well as the first of back-to-back Elite Eight appearances losing to the eventual national champion, Catholic University, 82-78.
In addition, he received Clark's prestigious Fred Hebert Award, presented to a male senior athlete for outstanding contribution to the University's athletic program. After graduating with a bachelor's in Sociology, Ginnity played and coached in the Ulster Basketball Association in Derry and Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The Fitchburg, Mass. native, Ginnity brings his playing experience to the sidelines, as he was a three-year starter (1999-2001). He served as Clark’s assistant junior varsity men’s basketball coach (2002-03) and assistant varsity coach (2002-2005).
Ginnity also helped the Worcester Academy Boys’ Basketball to team to a regular season title in the ultra-competitive NEPSAC Class AA in 2011.