Kevin Ryan returns to sidelines as men's head basketball coach after resigning one year ago. During his absence, the Lions ended the 2018/19 with an unflattering 5-19 record with a promising freshman-heavy RV side.
Ryan began his coaching career in 2008 working with Team Freckles AAU. He has served as the Assistant Coach for the 17U team since and as well as the Head Coach for the 15U team since 2011. Working with over 10 NCAA Division I players, Ryan also has served as the Head Varsity Girls Coach in the Mount St. Mary’s Academy Fall League.
Kevin Ryan will begin his first season as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach in the Fall of 2012. A resident of Scotch Plains, NJ, Ryan is a 2-year varsity letter winner at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, NJ. After his sophomore year, he transferred to Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA where he was also a 2-year varsity letter winner. Upon graduating from Lawrence Academy, Ryan was recruited to play at NCAA Division III Hartwick College in New York where he started every game as a freshman. In his sophomore season, he transferred to Catholic University where he finished his academic career and remained active in the basketball world.
Under Ryan, the Lions as a team ranked in the top 20 nationally in FT made per game, FT attempted per game, defensive rebounds per game, opponents FG% in the 2016/17 season and ranked in the top 20 nationally in assists per game, rebounds per game and free throws attempted per game the year after. They were also top 10 nationally in FT made per game, defensive rebounds per game and blocks per game.
The Lions won 100 games over a 6-year span with Ryan, including 5 consecutive trips to the Region 19 playoffs. In 2017-2018 the Lions won 22 games and standout Guard Rick’Keem Mixson was named Region 19 player of the year as well as 3rd team NJCAA All-American. Mixson was the 4th Region 19 Player of the Year and 4th NJCAA All American under Ryan’s tenure. Coach Ryan led RVCC to a historic run in 2013-2014 when the Lions won 20 games and were the GSAC conference champions and Region 19 finalist. During this run, the Lions also broke the NJCAA Division 2 top 20 for the first time in school history. Coach Ryan was named GSAC Coach of the Year and Marvin Crawford was named 1st team NJCAA All American. During Ryan’s last 3 years he led the Lions to a 58-30 record and 3 straight trips to the region semifinals. Overall Coach Ryan has mentored over 25 former players who moved on to play at the 4-year level.
Kassim Kaba will be entering his second year as assistant coach for the Lions. Kaba, a former RVCC student-athlete, will be working alongside his former coach Kevin Ryan for the first time. Kaba was a regular starter for the historic Lions basketball team back in 2013/14, winning the GSAC Div. II Championship, and was also part of their playoff run a year later under Ryan. He graduated Raritan Valley in 2016 recieving a full-ride to American International College where he graduated two years later. Upon receiving his BA, he returned to RV as an assistant coach last year.
Kaba also had a stint as student assistant coach in 2015, assisting with conducting practices, motivating students, along with instructing student-athletes in game strategies and techniques.