Aug 19, 2014
Cardinal Gibbons High School boys basketball coach Marque Carrington has stepped down as the boys basketball coach at the school to accept a position at St. Augustine's University.
Carrington has been the varsity basketball coach at Cardinal Gibbons since 2008. Prior to that, he served as the junior varsity coach from 2002-2006.
"I have had the privilege to oath some outstanding young men throughout the past twelve years at Cardinal Gibbons ... I was always in awe of their hard work, commitment, and dedication to the basketball program – both on and off the court," Carrington said.
During the 2010-2011 basketball season, Carrington's team won the Carolina 6 Conference title and he was named the Carolina 6 Coach of the Year. His teams qualified for the state playoffs 4-of-6 years.
Last school year, Carrington's team was recognized with the NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team Award for the overall highest team grade-point average in the state of North Carolina.
"I'm excited for Marque and his family. Marque has an opportunity to pursue his passion for coaching at the next level and to do so without uprooting his family," Cardinal Gibbons Athletic Director Todd Schuler said. "We will miss Marque's leadership at school ... At the same time, I"m enthusiastic about the future of our basketball program at Cardinal Gibbons."
Jim Ryan was named Carrington's successor.
Ryan served as an assistant basketball coach under Carrington last season. He has coached basketball at Middle Tennessee State, UNC-Asheville, and the junior varsity program at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has also served as a high school basketball coach at a number of schools, including Goldsboro High School and Knightdale High School.
"Marque and Jim are two of the most professional men you will find working with young people in sports. I'm confident that this transition will advance smoothly, and that Jim will be able to build on the foundation that Marque Carrington established, developing something truly special here at Gibbons. Jim Ryan is a quality teacher, coach, and mentor for young me," Schuler said.
Carrington will miss his role at Gibbons, but he is excited about a new challenge.
"I will always have a special place in my heart for high school basketball," he said. "However, I'm excited to start a new phase of my life as assistant coach at St. Augustine University in Raleigh, fulfilling a lifelong dream of mine to coach at the college level."
Cardinal Gibbons is a member of the Big Eight 3-A Conference.
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