CCBC Catonsville Names Two Assistant Coaches

CCBC Catonsville head coach Bill Zopp has made two additions to his coaching staff of former NJCAA standouts. Zopp named former CCBC Essex two-year captain and Maryland Terrapin defensemen Ralph Quillen to the role of associate head coach and defensive coordinator. Another Essex alum, Carl Marinelli, was named face-off coach and assistant offensive coordinator.

Quillen assisted Zopp at Baltimore Lutheran and helped lead the Saints to their 3rd consecutive MIAA "C" Conference title and a perfect 16-0 season in 2011.

"Ralph was a huge part of our success last year. Prior to joining me at BLS, Ralph coached our cross-town rival Cardinal Gibbons and helped lead them to a title in 2008. He was a must have to help tutor our young defense in 2011".

Prior to coaching at Cardinal Gibbons, Quillen enjoyed a successful playing career at Towson High School, helping lead the Generals to a 3A state championship as a defensemen. After graduating from Towson in 1991, Quillen attended Essex and helped the '92 team earn a NJCAA runner-up finish. He finished his Juco playing career and transferred to the University of Maryland, where he earned Academic All-American honors in the fall of 1994. The Terps went on to a '94 NCAA playoff appearance and a '95 NCAA championship game appearance.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what Coach Ralph can do with the college level athletes here at CCBC Catonsville after seeing what he did with the kids at Lutheran," mentioned Zopp. "He was a physical player at Essex and Maryland and knows how to win. Everywhere Ralph has been, whether as a player or coach he has won. He is a guy you want on your sideline."

Marinelli, a graduate of Calvert Hall, used his specialty at the face-off X (82%) to earn first team All-Region XX honors at CCBC Essex as well as earning Academic All-American honors in 2001.

Following his career at Essex, Marinelli earned a walk-on spot at Towson University. "Carl had been brought in to help our faceoff guys at Lutheran during the MIAA championship games in 2010 and 2011. He was very instrumental with our two face-off guys," said Zopp. "Carl worked with both kids, and they definitely dominated the 2010 game."

According to Zopp, "I don't think that there is a better way to help these student athletes here at CCBC Catonsville then by surrounding them with guys who have experienced what the NJCAA has to offer. Both Ralph and Carl had successful junior college careers before they transferred to their respected four-year schools."


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