Brother Rice High School Aces Hire with New Volleyball Head Coach, Brandon McGinnis (’13)

With over 750 wins in its 31-year history, the Brother Rice High School volleyball program has experienced its share of success, bolstered by scores of area players who would go on to play at the collegiate-level and, equally important, by the consistency of its coaching staff: Head coach Dan Dwyer, who stepped down after Brother Rice’s memorable state playoff run this past spring, has served as either a head coach or an assistant for the Crusaders since the program’s inception over three decades ago. His replacement would have big shoes to fill.

Enter alum, Brandon McGinnis, the new varsity volleyball head coach of the Brother Rice Crusaders.

McGinnis was a four-year member of the Brother Rice volleyball program under Dwyer and former head coach Paul Ickes, helping the Crusaders make a state-run in 2012.  After graduating high school in 2013, McGinnis would compete at St. Xavier University, earning All-Conference honors as the team captain of the Men’s Volleyball team in 2018 before graduating in 2019.

After college, McGinnis’s passion for the game naturally led to coaching with stops at Michio Chicago Volleyball Academy, Mother McAuley, and most recently on the boys’ side as the Head Coach of St. Rita. In addition, McGinnis began Hybrid Advantage, a volleyball club based out of Oak Lawn last year.

McGinnis is “ecstatic” to have the opportunity to build upon the Crusader tradition.  “Four years as a Brother Rice student offered me many opportunities, both athletically and academically.  It gave me lifelong resources to succeed, as well as some of the best memories with my fellow Crusaders.  I built strong, lasting relationships, not only with my teammates, but also with staff and peers.  My former coaches during my time at Rice—Dan Dwyer, Paul Ickes, and Denis Bergstedt—played an important role for me to pursue my goals.  I attribute so much of who I am today to my alma mater, and I am so grateful to return as the varsity coach this year.  I hope to play a role in helping the current students and athletes have a similar experience, to share what I have learned, and to be a part of the support system required to help these athletes meet their athletic and academic goals.”

Brother Rice Athletic Director Michael Fahey shares that enthusiasm for the future of volleyball at 99th and Pulaski.  “Coach McGinnis stood out among a very talented pool of candidates.  We are so excited to have him back at Brother Rice and can’t wait to see the impact his passion and spirit have on the program.”

“My vision is to continue to honor the long, successful tradition in the Brother Rice volleyball program that promotes perseverance, personal and physical growth, and dedication,” McGinnis stated.  “In addition, I plan to foster a fresh, competitive environment focused on achieving both program and personal goals to prepare our athletes for success at Brother Rice and beyond.”

Coach McGinnis will host volleyball summer camps on July 24-27, 2023, for students from 4th grade to incoming freshman.  For more information about the Brother Rice Crusaders volleyball program, please contact Coach McGinnis at bmcginnis@brrice.org.