Men’s basketball coach BJ McGinn finds success for DMACC

bjmcginn-webBarrett J McGinn the current DMACC men’s basketball head coach, has coached nearly his entire life. Growing up in Cedar Falls, Iowa, he played high school basketball for Cedar Falls High School.

McGinn graduated from Cedar Falls, then started his coaching career at the age of 18 becoming an assistant coach at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa from 1996-97.

McGinn then went on to become an assistant coach at Cedar Falls High School from 1998-2001. During his time at Cedar Falls, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Northern Iowa in May 2001.

To further his education and coaching career he went to Wayne State College where he earned his master’s degree in Athletic Administration. He also was an assistant coach for the Cats, a NCAA Division II college in Nebraska from 2001-03 and 2005-06. He helped double their season win totals, as well as helped produce 11 all conference performers, including eight 1,000-career point scorers due to his commitment in recruiting.

McGinn also had a two year assistant coaching job at NJCAA Division I Eastern Arizona College where he helped produce seven all-region performers and one All-American. He also helped led the Gilamonsters to a 37-23 record.

Before becoming the head coach at DMACC, McGinn was an assistant coach under current Athletic Director Orv Salmon. For his first year (2006-07) as the DMACC Bear’s assistant coach, he helped lead them to a 31-5 record as well as winning the Region 11 championship, advanced to the Elite Eight and finished ranked fifth in the country. During his second season as assistant coach (2007-08) the Bears finished with a 24-6 record as well as having been ranked number seven in the country. During his final season as an assistant coach, the team finished with a record of 20-11 and advanced to the regional semifinals.

McGinn finally got his shot at becoming a head coach when Orv Salmon took the job to become the Athletic Director of DMACC. During McGinn’s first season as the Bear’s Head Coach, he found success early and often, leading the Bears to a school record of 17 consecutive wins. During his 2010-11 season the Bears finished with a 23-8 overall record, and for the 2011-12 season the Bear’s finished 25-8 where five DMACC Bears were named all-region performers, as well as one All-American, Nate Mason. The 2012-13 Bears finished 17-14, and the most recent year finished, 2013-14 the Bears finished 29-7 where five players earned honors.

During McGinns tenure of eight years at DMACC, McGinn has lead the Bears to a combined record of 191-69, which is a winning percentage of 0.734, which is a major accomplishment.

There are many words that can describe what basketball means to one who has played and coached as long as McGinn has. When asked to describe what basketball means to him, McGinn said, “Commitment, teamwork, sacrifice, goals, maturity, and toughness.”

Every coach has some really great and fond memories with his players, but the greatest moment for McGinn occurred while he was at DMACC. “The greatest moment in my basketball coaching career would have to be winning the ICCAC League Championship this past year as well as the Region 11 Championship and making the Elite Eight at the National Tournament,” McGinn said.

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