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Will  Ryan

Player Profile

Position:
Assistant Coach

Education:
Milwaukee '02

05/07/2014

Saul Phillips Announces Coaching Staff Additions

The staff includes assistant coaches Will Ryan, Jason Kemp and Aaron Fuss, and director of basketball operations Jared Swanson

Will Ryan enters his third season as an assistant coach with the Ohio men's basketball program under third-year head coach Saul Phillips in 2016-17.

Ohio posted 23 victories in 2015-16 -- including an 11-7 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The 2015-16 Ohio squad matched the 1998-99 team for the biggest turnaround in program history. The Bobcats improved by 13 wins after posting just 10 victories in 2014-15. The 2015-16 Bobcats matched the 1982-83 team for the sixth-most wins in a single season in program history. After earning the No. 2 seed in the 2016 MAC Tournament presented by VisitMyrtleBeach.com and a bye to Cleveland, Ohio defeated No. 7-seeded Northern Illinois, 79-62, on March 10 in the quarterfinals before falling to No. 3-seeded Buffalo in the semifinals the following day, 88-74. The Bobcats made their 22nd postseason appearance in program history and advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 College Basketball Invitational after beating Albany in overtime in the first round, 94-90, on March 16 and knocking off UNCG, 72-67, on March 21 in the quarterfinals. Ohio's season ended two days later with a 77-72 defeat at the hands of Morehead State.

Ohio's 2,746 points scored in 2015-16 ranked as the second-most in a single season in program history while its 937 field goals made tied for second. The Bobcats set a program record with 296 three-point field goals made. The team's 38.6 percent three-point field goal percentage was good for second-best in program history. Ohio surpassed the 90-point mark five times in 2015-16 and eclipsed the 80-point mark 16 times.

Senior forward Antonio Campbell was named a 2015-16 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America selection, the 2016 MAC Player of the Year, a 2015-16 National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I First Team All-District 14 honoree and a 2016 First Team All-MAC pick. Redshirt junior guard Jaaron Simmons earned 2015-16 NABC Division I Second Team All-District 14 honors. The Second Team All-MAC selection's 275 assists last year went down as the most in both program and MAC history. Guard Jordan Dartis garnered All-MAC Freshman Team selection for his efforts last season after setting the program's single-season record with a 47.9 percent three-point field goal percentage.

Ryan joined the Bobcats prior to the start of the 2014-15 campaign after serving as an assistant coach at North Dakota State for seven seasons under Phillips

During his seven seasons in Fargo, Ryan helped lead the Bison to four postseason appearances -- including two berths in the NCAA Championship. In 2013-14, Ryan was instrumental in North Dakota State's historic season, which included a program-record 26 wins and a trip to the NCAA Championship Third Round. The No. 12-seeded Bison upset No. 5-seeded Oklahoma, 80-75, in overtime in the Round of 64.

Ryan is the oldest son of Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan. He played basketball for his father on Wisconsin-Platteville's NCAA Division III national championship teams in 1998 and '99 and also on his father's team at Milwaukee in 2000-01.

Ryan graduated from Milwaukee in December 2002 with a bachelor's degree in educational studies and youth leadership.

He joined the Wisconsin staff in 2002-03 as a volunteer assistant and spent five seasons with the Badgers. He also served as head coach for the Wisconsin Swing AAU team in 2005.

Will and his wife, Emily, reside in Athens with their sons, Owen, Liam and Callen.