Record at UAA: 103-24 (.811), 4 seasons
Career Record: 117-37 (.760), 5 seasons
One of the brightest coaching talents in the NCAA ranks, Ryan McCarthy begins his fifth year at the helm of the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball program in 2016-17, having already taken the Seawolves to unprecedented heights.
An Anchorage native, McCarthy has led his hometown program to a 67-5 record over the past two campaigns, capturing two 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 last year’s club. McCarthy repeated as the NCAA Div. II West Region Coach of the Year and was the 2014-15 GNAC Coach of the Year, piloting squads that have broken over 50 school records in a two-year span.
Playing his program’s signature up-tempo ‘Mayhem’ style, the Seawolves led NCAA Div. II in steals per game for the third straight season in 2015-16, while coming just shy of pacing the nation in margin of victory for the second year in a row. The past two UAA teams have also earned top-10 national ranks in scoring offense, turnover margin and rebound margin, while producing two GNAC Newcomers of the Year (Megan Mullings & Keiahnna Engel), the 2014-15 GNAC Defensive Player of the Year and back-to-back GNAC Tournament MVP (Kiki Robertson), and the 2015-16 GNAC Player of the Year (Mullings, who was also tabbed as an All-American).
Since taking the reins in 2012, McCarthy’s teams have improved both their overall (17, 19, 29, 38) and GNAC (11, 12, 17, 18) victory totals each year -- a figure that doesn’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 and a third-place tie in the final GNAC standings at 11-7.
In four seasons under McCarthy, the Seawolves have produced nine 1st- or 2nd-team All-GNAC honorees, 13 Academic All-GNAC performers, and seen four players ascend to the professional ranks. Team-wise, UAA has posted victories over four NCAA Div. I teams, six NCAA Div. II nationally ranked teams, and perfect 8-0 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.