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Ryan McCarthy
Head Coach

Record at UAA: 190-34 (.848), 7 seasons
Career Head Coaching Record: 204-47 (.813), 8 seasons

One of the brightest coaching talents in the NCAA ranks, Ryan McCarthy has taken the Alaska Anchorage program to unprecedented heights in his seven seasons, producing a 190-34 record and making the Seawolves annual title contenders.

An Anchorage native, McCarthy last season became the winningest active coach in NCAA Div. II, improving to an .813 percentage (204-47) in eight combined seasons. He also became the all-time victories leader in Seawolf history as UAA earned a 30-3 record, won its fifth straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season title, and finished No. 7 in the WBCA Top 25 coaches’ poll.

The four-time GNAC Coach of the Year has led his hometown program to the second-most wins and second-best winning percentage in NCAA Div. II over the past five campaigns with a 154-15 record, reaching the NCAA National Title Game in 2016. Since Dec. 2014, UAA has been no lower than No. 14 in the WBCA Top 25 poll -- a streak of 80 polls in a row -- while ascended to No. 1 for a total of eight weeks.

Following a 29-2 campaign in 2014-15, UAA recorded a 38-3 mark in 2015-16 to set a new NCAA Div. II standard for victories in a season – among five NCAA records broken by that year’s club. In 2016-17, McCarthy repeated as the NCAA Div. II West Region Coach of the Year and was the GNAC Coach of the Year, piloting UAA to a 30-2 overall record and the first 20-0 GNAC campaign in league history.

In 2017-18, McCarthy took a Seawolf team that had lost four starters and earned a 27-5 record and repeat GNAC Coach of the Year honors.

Playing his program’s signature up-tempo ‘Mayhem’ style, the Seawolves led NCAA Div. II in steals per game for four straight seasons from 2013-14 to 2016-17, while regularly producing top-5 ranks in scoring margin, scoring offense, scoring defense, assists, turnovers forced and turnover margin.

After taking the reins in 2012, McCarthy’s teams improved their overall victory total (17, 19, 29, 38) for four straight seasons and their GNAC victory total (11, 12, 17, 18, 20) for five straight years – figures that don’t even include an exhibition road win over Pacific-12 Conference foe Utah and a home exhibition win over D-I Tulsa.

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 at 17-10 overall and a 3rd-place tie in the final GNAC standings at 11-7.

In seven seasons under McCarthy, the Seawolves have produced three All-Americans, two GNAC Players of the Year, 15 1st- or 2nd-team All-GNAC honorees, 22 Academic All-GNAC performers, and seen five players ascend to the professional ranks. Team-wise, UAA has posted victories over six NCAA Div. I teams, 10 wins over NCAA Div. II nationally ranked teams, and a 10-6 NCAA Tournament record.

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.

In 2010-11, McCarthy stepped up as acting head coach 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 is the father of two young children, Donovan and Aurora.


Ryan McCarthy Head Coaching Record Year by Year
Season  School      Rec.  Pct.   Conf. Pct. Place Postseason
2010-11 NW Nazarene 14-13 .519   9- 9  .500 T-6th GNAC Qtrs
2012-13 UAA         17-10 .607  11- 7  .611 T-3rd GNAC Qtrs
2013-14 UAA         19- 9 .679  12- 6  .667 T-3rd GNAC Qrtrs/NCAA 1st Rd
2014-15 UAA         29- 2 .935  17- 1  .944 1st   GNAC Champs/NCAA 1st Rd
2015-16 UAA         38- 3 .927  18- 2  .900 1st   GNAC Champs/NCAA Runner-Up
2016-17 UAA         30- 2 .938  20- 0 1.000 1st   GNAC Champs/NCAA 2nd Rd
2017-18 UAA         27- 5 .844  18- 2  .900 T-1st GNAC Semis/NCAA Sweet 16
2018-19 UAA         30- 3 .909  19- 1  .950 1st   GNAC Finals/NCAA Sweet 16
8-year overall     204-47 .813 124-28  .816      
7-year UAA totals  190-34 .848 115-19  .858

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Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: NW Nazarene
Graduating Year: 2006
Experience: 6 Years
Phone: 907-786-1040
Email: rmmccarthy@alaska.edu