by:   6/7/2017
On June 7, St. John’s College High School announced Patrick Behan as the new head coach for the Cadet boys’ basketball program.

Behan has been the head boys’ basketball coach at St. Mary’s Ryken High School since 2014. He quickly established himself as a successful recruiter and elevated the program to new heights, consistently improving the school’s basketball culture. During his time at Ryken, his teams made three trips to the WCAC tournament and made the semifinal round of the Maryland Independent Schools postseason tournament in 2016. Behan also sent several players on to Division I and Division II colleges.
He previously served as an assistant coach for St. John’s College High School’s boys’ basketball team from 2012-2014. His time at SJC includes winning the WCAC regular season in 2014, a season that also saw the Cadets win 24 consecutive games. Six of the seniors he coached at St. John’s in 2014 received full college scholarships. The team spent most of the year in USA TODAY’S Top 20 and was ranked #1 by The Washington Post for several weeks.
During the 2011-2012 season, Behan was an assistant coach and lead recruiter for St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The school won the Capital Athletic Conference regular season and received an at-large bid to the Division III NCAA tournament. His coaching career also includes Loudon County High School and the AAU’s Team Takeover.
In addition to coaching, Behan will join St. John’s faculty as a member of the Social Studies Department. At Ryken, Behan taught and worked with students in the Writing Lab. He previously spent two years at St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Rockville, MD, where he taught and served as a resource teacher for students with learning differences.
A native of Leesburg, VA, Behan attended and played basketball for Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, VA. He helped lead his team to a Virginia state title while competing against nationally ranked teams. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Bucknell University in 2010, where he continued his basketball career. He was selected as All-Patriot League in 2009, and during his time at Bucknell he received the Benton A. Kribbs Award for most outstanding player and the Coaches Award for leadership and dedication to the program. After graduation, Behan played professional basketball for the Oettinger Rockets in Gotha, Germany.
Former SJC head coach Sean McAloon just completed his fifth season with the Cadets and coached the team to its first WCAC championship in 16 years during the 2015-2016 season. McAloon will now take on the role of head boys’ basketball coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.

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