Record at UAA: 65-21 (.774), 3 seasons
Career Record: 79-34 (.699), 4 seasons
One of the brightest coaching talents in the NCAA ranks, Ryan McCarthy begins his fourth year at the helm of the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball program in 2015-16, having taken the Seawolves to unprecedented heights in the previous campaign.
An Anchorage native, McCarthy led his hometown program to a 29-2 record in 2014-15, along with the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season and postseason tournament titles, and a No. 1 national ranking for the final four weeks of the regular season. He was voted GNAC Coach of the Year and the NCAA Div. II West Region Coach of the Year as the Seawolves set 16 school records, including best winning percentage (.935) and fewest losses.
Playing his program’s signature up-tempo ‘Mayhem’ style, McCarthy’s squad led NCAA Div. II in steals per game for the second straight season (15.0 spg), while also pacing the nation in margin of victory (+19.8). Last year’s Seawolves also earned top-10 national ranks in scoring offense, turnover margin, rebound margin and offensive rebounding, and produced the GNAC’s Newcomer of the Year (Megan Mullings) and Defensive Player of the Year (Kiki Robertson).
Since taking the reins in 2012, McCarthy’s teams have improved both their overall (17, 19, 29) and GNAC (11, 12, 17) victory totals each year -- a figure that doesn’t even include last season’s 67-61 exhibition road win over Pacific-12 Conference foe Utah.
In 2013-14, McCarthy’s Seawolves finished 19-9 overall and made the NCAA playoffs for the first time under his leadership. UAA led the nation with 14.3 steals per game and was 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 three seasons under McCarthy, the Seawolves have produced six 1st- or 2nd-team All-GNAC honorees, the 2013 GNAC Freshman of the Year and last year’s Newcomer and Defensive POYs among their individual awards. Team-wise, UAA has posted victories over three NCAA Div. I teams, four NCAA Div. II nationally ranked teams, and perfect 6-0 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 record and a bid to the inaugural GNAC Tournament. In 2011-12, McCarthy was named associate head coach and helped pilot NNU to an 18-10 season.
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 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 two young children, Donovan and Aurora.