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Ryan Orton
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Eastern Oregon (1996)
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 907-786-4808
Email: rorton1@uaa.alaska.edu
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Ryan Orton spent three seasons on the University of Alaska Anchorage men's basketball staff as the top assistant for Rusty Osborne from 2009-12.

At UAA, Orton made an impact by securing commitments from three former Alaska Players-of-the-Year, plus a long list of Lower 48 prep and junior-college standouts. In Orton's final season of 2011-12, former recruit Taylor Rohde was the GNAC Player of the Year and Division II Bulletin National Player of the Year for the Seawolves.

Before coming to UAA in 2009, Orton coached at D-I program Montana State from 2006-08, where he was responsible for both recruiting and team academic development, while serving as position coach for post players. In his time with the Bobcats, the team had a 100 percent graduation rate, produced five Academic All-Big Sky honorees and earned the athletic department's 2006-07 Allison Award, given to the MSU team whose overall GPA improves most from one year to the next.

At Northwest Nazarene from 2004-06, Orton was involved in every facet of the program from on-court instruction and scouting to scheduling and fund-raising. He also proved one of the GNAC's top young recruiters, signing the league's 2007 Newcomer of the Year and the 2006 Idaho High School State Player of the Year.

Orton directed the program at Lane (Ore.) Community College in 2003-04. At LCC, his team led the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges South Region in points per game and ranked third overall among 36 NWAACC schools.

Orton got his start in college coaching at D-I Eastern Washington from 1998-2003, serving on the staff that produced the Big Sky Conference's best overall record over four seasons (2000-03).

He earned a B.S. in health and physical education from Eastern Oregon.

As a player at EOU he was the 1996 team MVP and captain, earning honorable mention All-Cascade Conference honors. He also played collegiately at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Ore., from 1991-93.

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