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Coach Spotlight: Alaska Anchorage's Ryan McCarthy
Now in his sixth year as Alaska Anchorage head coach, Ryan McCarthy played his college basketball and later coached at Northwest Nazarene.
Now in his sixth year as Alaska Anchorage head coach, Ryan McCarthy played his college basketball and later coached at Northwest Nazarene.
Ryan McCarthy
Ryan McCarthy

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Part of a regular series.

Throughout the year, GNACsports.com uses this space to profile conference student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. Collectively, it is these individuals who make the GNAC one of the top NCAA Division II athletic conferences in the nation.

Name: Ryan McCarthy
Sport: Women’s Basketball
School: Alaska Anchorage
Hometown: 
Anchorage, Alaska

Colleges Attended & Degrees: Northwest Nazarene University (Undergraduate, Social Science Education)

Why Did You Become A Coach: For my passion for basketball and teaching young people.

Who Has Influenced You The Most As A Coach - Either As An Inspiration, A Mentor, Or Philosophically: Shaka Smart and Jerry Tarkanian. Both of these men were influential in my love for the way I like to see basketball played and the way they interacted with the student-athletes they coached.

Biggest Obstacle Overcome As A Coach: Travel

What Does Division II Mean To You: Division II is very special to me and something I am passionate about. It means being able to compete at a high level and give student-athletes who could compete at any level a chance to experience college and the value of athletics.

Extracurricular Activities: Hanging out with my kids.

Best Advice You’d Give To Student-Athletes: Live in the moment, work hard and get your degree!

If You Could Spend The Day With One Person (Past Or Present), Who Would It Be (And Why): Jesus, to be able to learn to lead and love perfectly.

Favorite Sports Team: New York Jets

Favorite Athlete: Steph Curry

Most Memorable Sports-Related Moment: Leading Alaska Anchorage to the 2016 national championship game.

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