Ciaran McAlonan begins his fourth season with the Northern Virginia Community College softball team and his first as head coach. McAlonan was elevated to head coach Aug. 27 by Director of Athletics Steve Mrowka.
With the Nighthawks, McAlonan has served as pitching coach, first base and third base coach.
McAlonan is a native of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He holds a masters of science in exercise science and physical education from McDaniel College and a masters of arts in education from Towson University.
His experience at NOVA began as a graduate intern in the athletic department in 2013. He then became an assistant coach with the softball team during the 2015 school year.
As an undergraduate, McAlonan played baseball at CCBC Catonsville , and played football at West Virginia University and McDaniel College.
McAlonan began coaching while working at Bowling Brook Prep School in Keymar, Md., where he worked as a juvenile delinquent counselor and helped coach the track, football, and powerlifting teams. After finishing graduate coursework at Towson University, McAlonan embarked on a public school teaching career and continued to coach numerous sports.
McAlonan has a strength training background and has been a member of the National Strength Professionals Association since 2001. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves as a member of the Corp of Engineers.
Along with his coaching duties, McAlonan will also serve as the Annandale Campus Fitness Center Supervisor.