Moore Catholic athletic director and boys’ varsity basketball coach Kyle McAlarney will step down from his positions to accept an NBA-related job opportunity, the Advance has learned.
Ironically, Wednesday (July 1) would have been two years to the day McAlarney took over as AD and coach at his alma mater following a successful pro hoops career overseas.
A four-person committee, which included McAlarney, Moore principal Gina DeSantis, former athletic director Gela Mikalauskas and assistant athletic director Sue Shepherd, has selected McAlarney’s replacements for both positions. J.C. Albano, another Moore alum, will take over as athletic director while Tom Byrnes, who has been a part of Moore’s program the last two seasons, was named new varsity coach.
According to McAlarney, he’s accepted a job as a player representative for Priority Sports, a prominent agency that has many dealings with the NBA. The West Brighton resident, who’s planning to become a certified agent, will have a plethora of responsibilities in his position, including training pre-NBA draftees, working in the pre-NBA draft program, conferring with college coaches and doing film work.
McAlarney’s new job will entail a considerable amount of travel as Priority Sports is based out of Chicago and Sherman Oaks, Calif.
He was offered the position from Priority Sports founder Mark Bartelstein approximately 1 1/2 months ago and, after many considerations, he decided to accept the position two weeks ago.
McAlarney plans to remain involved in certain capacities with Moore, but nonetheless, it was difficult to leave his posts.
“The last two years at Moore Catholic have been incredibly rewarding and fulfilling and I am forever grateful to Mrs. DeSantis and the Board of Trustees for giving me the opportunity to work at my alma mater,‘’ said the 32-year-old McAlarney. “While I executed my duties with the intent to remain in my current role long term, I have recently been presented with an opportunity my family and I feel the need to pursue.
“As my new position prohibits me from fulfilling the demands of being athletic director and head varsity basketball coach, it is best for all parties involved that I transition to a different role within Moore Catholic,‘’ he added, referring to his position with Mission Mavericks, which focuses on development and fund-raising. “In my new role, I am confident that I can continue to advance the Moore Catholic mission, while remaining a fixture within the community for the students, coaches, staff and alumni.‘’
DeSantis, meanwhile, echoed McAlarney’s thoughts in believing he received an offer he couldn’t refuse.
“We are so proud and excited for Kyle as he enters his next phase of life,‘’ said DeSantis. “He’s always been a Maverick, through and through, with impeccable ethics and the two things I am most appreciative of is he’s going to stay connected to the school he loves through Mission Mavericks and that he was very involved and engaged in finding the appropriate replacements to his positions.
‘We wish him the best as he soars to the next level and we’re very thankful he leaves the school stronger for it.‘’
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