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Ryan McCarthy
Position: Head Coach
Experience: 1 Year
Phone: 907-786-1040
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McCarthy Photos

Anchorage native Ryan McCarthy begins his second year at the Seawolf helm in 2013-14. In his first year at UAA, McCarthy led the Seawolves to a 17-10 overall record for the program’s seventh straight winning season.

Despite a shortened roster, McCarthy’s first Seawolf squad rallied for a seven-game win streak to close the regular season — including a road win over No. 22 Northwest Nazarene — and a third-place tie in the final Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings at 11-7.

The 2012-13 Seawolves became the first UAA team to sweep the GNAC season series from Seattle Pacific, while producing other big wins over MSU Billings and Div. I North Dakota State. Under McCarthy’s guidance, seniors Alysa Horn and Sasha King received All-GNAC Second Team recognition, and guard Jessica Madison was named GNAC Freshman of the Year.

Prior to UAA, McCarthy spent five seasons at GNAC rival Northwest Nazarene from 2007-12. At NNU, he served as an assistant, interim head coach and associate head coach, helping the Crusaders to two NCAA Tournament berths and a .633 winning percentage during that stretch.

After helping NNU to a 56-27 record as assistant coach from 2007-10, McCarthy stepped up as acting head coach in 2010-11 while Kelli Lindley took a leave of absence. He led the Crusaders to a 14-13 overall record that season, including a 9-9 mark in conference play and a bid to the inaugural GNAC postseason tournament.

Following Lindley's return in 2011-12, McCarthy was named associate head coach and helped pilot NNU to an 18-10 season and another GNAC Tournament appearance.

McCarthy played professionally for Tus Bramsche in Bramsche, Germany, in 2006-07, where he led the league in three-pointers and free throw percentage. He spent 2006 with the Central Oregon Hotshots of the International Basketball League, averaging 16 points, four assists and four rebounds per game.

A 4-year starter and 3-year captain for the Crusaders from 2002-06, McCarthy was named NNU's Orrin Hills Male Athlete of the Year for 2005-06. He ranks third in program history with 256 treys over his career, setting the GNAC single-season record with 102 three pointers in 2005-06. Overall he posted 1,161 career points for the Crusaders.

McCarthy graduated from NNU in 2006 with a B.S. in social science education. He and his wife Jenny have one son, Donovan.

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