Record at UAA: 133-26 (.836), 5 seasons
Career Head Coaching Record: 147-39 (.790), 6 seasons
One of the brightest coaching talents in the NCAA ranks, Ryan McCarthy begins his sixth year at the helm of the Alaska Anchorage women's basketball program in 2017-18, having already taken the Seawolves to unprecedented heights.
An Anchorage native, McCarthy has led his hometown program to a 97-7 record over the past three campaigns, capturing three Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season and postseason tournament titles, ascending to No. 1 in the national poll for eight total weeks, and reaching the 2016 NCAA National Title Game.
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 for the second time in three seasons, piloting UAA to a 30-2 overall record and the first 20-0 GNAC campaign in league history.
Playing his program's signature up-tempo ‘Mayhem' style, the Seawolves led NCAA Div. II in steals per game for the fourth straight season in 2016-17, along with top-5 ranks in scoring margin, scoring offense, scoring defense, assists, turnovers forced and turnover margin. The past three UAA teams have also each earned top-10 national ranks in scoring offense and turnover margin, while producing three GNAC Newcomers of the Year (Megan Mullings, Keiahnna Engel, Autummn Williams), three GNAC Tournament MVPs (Kiki Robertson twice, Williams), a two-time GNAC Defensive Player of the Year (Robertson), two All-Americans (Mullings, Williams), and the 2015-16 GNAC Player of the Year Mullings).
Since taking the reins in 2012, McCarthy's teams improved their overall victory total in his four campaigns (17, 19, 29, 38) and their GNAC victory total in every season thus far (11, 12, 17, 18, 20) -- figures that don't even include a 67-61 exhibition road win over Pacific-12 Conference foe Utah in Nov. 2014.
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 five seasons under McCarthy, the Seawolves have produced 11 1st- or 2nd-team All-GNAC honorees, 17 Academic All-GNAC performers, and seen five players ascend to the professional ranks. Team-wise, UAA has posted victories over four NCAA Div. I teams, eight NCAA Div. II nationally ranked teams, and an unbeaten combined mark (35-0) against league rivals Seattle Pacific, Alaska Fairbanks, Western Oregon and Concordia.
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 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
6-year overall 147-39 .790 87-25 .777
5-year UAA totals 133-26 .836 78-16 .830