Linus McGinty resigns as Cardinal O'Hara girls' basketball coach

Linus McGinty was in charge at Cardinal O’Hara for 24 seasons and 12 at Archbishop Carroll.

Cardinal O’Hara announced the resignation of longtime and highly successful girls’ basketball coach Linus McGinty on Tuesday.

In 24 seasons at O’Hara and 12 at Catholic League-rival Archbishop Carroll, he compiled 824 victories.

“This is something I’ve been thinking about doing for the last few years,” McGinty, 71, said. “It’s just time. I’ve been very blessed to work with good kids, some terrific players, and great assistant coaches.”

Maura Hendrixson (44) and Cardinal O’Hara defeated Neumann-Goretti, 54-39, in last season’s Catholic League final.

McGinty guided O’Hara to 11 Catholic League titles from 1995 to 2018. Last season, the Lions went 21-5 and earned their second consecutive league crown with a 54-39 triumph over Neumann-Goretti.

McGinty credited his three assistant coaches — Chris Genther, Matt Githens, and Chrissy Doogan — for the team’s success. McGinty, of Broomall, is a math teacher at O’Hara. He said he would decide at the end of the school year whether he would continue as an assistant coach.

“Coach McGinty has been the cornerstone of girls basketball at O’Hara for decades,” reflected Athletic Director BJ Hogan. “On behalf of the entire O’Hara community we thank Coach McGinty for his dedication to the program and we look forward to continued success of girls basketball here at O’Hara.”

Hogan said the school would post the job opening on Wednesday or Thursday.