WASHINGTON – It is every graduate's goal to complete their degree and land the job of their dream a few months after graduation and former Catholic University of America Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Ryan Hyland has done just that, as he was named the new head men's basketball coach for the Bloodhounds of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
"I am thrilled and proud that Ryan was selected as head coach at John Jay," said CUA Head Men's Basketball Coach Steve Howes. "He has been a trusted assistant and integral part of our success. He served in so many capacities here that he understands what it takes to run a program. He has represented our institution well and I am confident he will do the same there."
Hyland began his time with Cards in 2007, where he served as the team's manager, an athlete for a short stint, and student assistant coach, while completing his bachelor's degree in Psychology, that he obtained in 2011. The Breezy Point, N.Y., native went on to become the full-time graduate assistant coach and guards position coach with CUA in 2012. Hyland obtained his Masters of Science in Business Analysis in May 2014 to conclude his seven-year stint with the Cardinals.
From 2012-14, Hyland handled the day-to-day operations of the CUA men's basketball, coordinated the recruiting efforts, planned and implemented practices and game preparation, and was in charge individual in-season workouts with the guards. For his efforts, Hyland developed five All-Landmark guards, Bryson Fonville, who was named First Team All-Landmark last year, Steve Limberiou, who was named to the 2nd Team and is a 1,000 point career scorer, and Shawn Holmes, who was named to the 1st Team in 2012-13 and is also a 1,000 point career scorer. Hyland also coached Darrell Caroll, the only Division III player amongst the finalists for the Arthur Ashe Award in 2011-12, the same year that the team tied for its best start in school history at 11-0.
Hyland's most notable year with the program occurred during the 2012-13 season, on the heels of guard Chris Kearney. Kearney was a 1st Team All-American, Josten's Trophy Finalist, NABC All-Star, Conference Player of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year. Along with Kearney's accomplishments, the Cardinals received the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, finished with the best assist/turnover ratio and tallied the second fewest turnovers in the nation, the team was ranked in the top 25 in the nation every week (reaching as high as No. 6), clinched the Landmark Title, and finshed the regular season with 22 wins for the third time in the 102 years of basketball at CUA. And to add to all those accolades, the coaching staff was named coaching staff of the year by the Landmark Conference and the Mid-Atlantic, and they were among the 15 finalist for the Glenn Robinson National Coach of the Year Award.
Hyland has also coached and/or directed at eleven elite summer basketball camps over the last five years, working alongside the likes of Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan, Michigan Head Coach John Beilein, former St. John's Head Coach and current Kansas Assistant Coach Norm Roberts, and Memphis Tigers Head Coach Josh Pastner.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a NCAA Division III program that competes in the CUNY Athletic Conference.