McAlonan named head softball coach

McAlonan named head softball coach

ANNANDALE -- After spending the last four years as the assistant softball coach at Northern Virginia Community College, Ciaran McAlonan was elevated to head coach Monday by Director of Athletics Steve Mrowka.

McAlonan has been with the softball program since its inception in 2015. Since joining the staff he has helped with travel, pitcher preparation, practice, acted as first and third base coach, along with recruiting efforts.

"I am very excited to continue my head coaching career at NOVA, and I'm thrilled Steve has confidence in me to continue working with softball team," McAlonan said. "I am also looking forward to helping students and faculty reach their fitness goals in the fitness center."

Under McAlonan's tutelage, former Nighthawk Courtney Franklin threw NOVA's first no-hitter and saw Chantal Gruber, along with Chyann Hooker earn the first All-America nod in school history. 

"I felt this was the right move," Mrowka said. "He has been with the program for all four years, and his knowledge of softball is second to none. I have confidence that Ciaran can take the program to the next level."

The County Antrim, Northern Ireland, native holds a bachelors of art in sociology and masters of science in exercise science and physical education from McDaniel College and a masters of arts in education from Towson University.

Along with his coaching duties, McAlonan will also serve as the Annandale Campus Fitness Center Supervisor.