Ryan Hyland did such a good job in his first year as a CUA assistant coach that Steve Howes promoted him to full-time. His contributions benefit every facet of the program.
Hyland coordinates the Cardinals’ nationwide recruiting efforts and handles day-to-day operations. He’s also in charge of individual in-season player workouts and works primarily with CUA’s guards. He coached point guards last year and helped Shawn Holmes earn second-team All-Landmark Conference honors.
Hyland did it all for the Cardinals from 2007-11, serving as a manager, player and student assistant coach. He supervised three managers, assisted in organizing and running the CUA/Residence Inn Greenbelt Classic, aided in recruiting and game plan preparation, and helped with team travel and summer camps.
The Cards were 67-43 (.609) during his tenure, won four tournament titles and made three postseason appearances.
Hyland played in his first two games as a senior in 2010-11, including the Cardinals’ exhibition contest at Notre Dame. The team finished 21-9 and advanced to the Landmark Conference championship game.
Hyland has worked at the Billy Donovan Basketball Camp at the University of Florida, the Norm Roberts Camp at St. John’s University, the Poly Prep Country Day School Camp in Brooklyn, N.Y., Elite Camp in Manhattan and CUA’s Cardinal Basketball Academy.
Hyland played four years (2003-07) of basketball, soccer and baseball at Poly Prep. He was a part-time starter in basketball as a junior and senior, and the Blue Devils won the Ivy Prep League championship both years. In soccer he started his final two seasons and was named honorable mention All-Ivy Prep as a senior. He was a co-captain of both teams his final season.
Hyland was also a three-year part-time starting right fielder in baseball. Poly Prep won the league title his final two years. One of his teammates, Kevin Heller, plays for the Boston Red Sox Single A affiliate in Lowell, Mass. The Blue Devils were 28-0 his senior year and captured the New York State Association of Independent Schools state championship.
Ryan Christopher Hyland, from Breezy Point, N.Y., was born in New York City in 1989. He graduated from The Catholic University of America in 2011 with a degree in psychology. He assisted with CUA’s intramural program and served as an English teacher in Rome when he studied abroad in 2010.
Hyland lives in Washington, D.C., and is studying at CUA for his master of science in business analysis. His younger brother, T.J., is a Cardinals’ junior manger and student assistant coach.