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Will Ryan

Player Profile

Position:
Assistant Coach

Education:
Wisconsin '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

After serving as an assistant coach at North Dakota State for seven seasons under Tim Miles and Saul Phillips, Ryan now joins Phillips in Athens for his first season as a member of Phillips' staff at Ohio University.

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

Ryan, 35, 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 1999, 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 was head coach for the Wisconsin Swing AAU team in 2005.

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