One of the brightest coaching talents in the NCAA Div. II ranks, Anchorage native Ryan McCarthy begins his third year at the helm of the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball program in 2014-15.
In his first two seasons at UAA, McCarthy has led the Seawolves to a 36-19 overall record and an NCAA Tournament berth.
In 2013-14, McCarthy’s squad finished 19-9 overall and tied for third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, making the NCAA playoffs for the first time under his leadership. Playing an exciting, up-tempo style, the Seawolves led the nation with 14.3 steals per game and were the highest-scoring team in the GNAC at nearly 80 points per contest.
Despite a shortened roster, McCarthy’s first Seawolf squad rallied for a seven-game win streak to close the 2012-13 regular season and a third-place tie in the final GNAC standings at 11-7.
In two seasons under McCarthy, the Seawolves have produced four all-conference honorees and the 2013 GNAC Freshman of the Year (Jessica Madison) among their individual awards, while team-wise UAA has posted victories over two NCAA Div. I teams, two NCAA Div. II nationally ranked teams, and perfect 4-0 marks against league rivals Seattle Pacific, Alaska Fairbanks and Western Oregon.
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 and 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.
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 then-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.