Coaching Staff

Coach RidderRyan Ridder
Head Coach
(386) 506-3105

Ryan Ridder is in his first year as head coach of the Daytona State Falcons Men’s Basketball program. He most recently comes from NCAA Division I Campbell University, where he served three years as an assistant coach.

During Ridder’s three years with the Fighting Camels, Campbell exceled in many areas. He was part of a staff that earned the highest ranked recruiting class in the Atlantic Sun. He also saw the Camels knock off BCS opponents University of Iowa and Auburn University. Campbell’s success was not limited to team accolades. Ridder coached three All-Conference players, as well, as one Freshmen of the Year. The Camels saw great success in the state of North Carolina, beating in state rivals, East Carolina, Appalachian State, and UNC Wilmington.

At Campbell, Ridder’s responsibilities included the oversight of academic enhancement, supervision of pre and post season work outs, recruitment of student-athletes, director of highly successful Campbell Basketball School, scouting and preparation for opponents, as well as on the floor coaching.

Before arriving to Campbell University, Ridder spent the 2009-10 campaign as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, Embry-Riddle. Serving as an assistant under his father, Steve Ridder, he helped the Eagles reach the quarterfinals of the NAIA national tournament and compile a 30-6 won-lost record.

Ridder served as starting point guard and team captain at Embry-Riddle from 2006-08. He led the Sun Conference with a 4.24 assists average as a senior.

After graduating from Embry-Riddle with a degree in Aerospace Studies in 2008, Ridder moved to North Carolina where he remained involved with basketball on the skill development side. He trained players from youth to those with NBA aspirations while working for the Hoop City U basketball training academy. In addition, he was the head coach for a number of teams engaged in international competition with 365 Sports and he served as the assistant boy’s basketball coach at North Raleigh Christian.

Ridder earned a master’s in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania in 2009.

Ridders' Details

Coaching History

Full Name


Ryan Daniel Ridder

Head Coach, Daytona State



November 8, 1984

Assistant Coach, Campbell



Lexington, KY

Volunteer Assistant Coach, Embry-Riddle



Embry-Riddle (2008)

Assistant Coach, North Raleigh Christian High School

Director of Basketball Operations, Hoop City U



Aerospace Studies


Graduate School


California University of Pennsylvania (2009)


Master's Degree


Sports Managament


High School


Father Lopez


Player Background


College of Wooster (2003-2005)

Embry-Riddle (2005-2008)


Off the Court


Spending time with family and friends, playing golf,

watching baseball and football especially the

Cincinnati Reds & Cincinnati Bengals


Coach TaylorDominique Taylor
Assistant Coach
(386) 506-4603

Dominique Taylor joined the Daytona State College Men’s Basketball staff as assistant coach in June 2013.

Taylor, who previously served as an assistant coach at University of South Alabama, was appointed as recruiting coordinator and assisted with all aspects of the program, including on-the-court coaching, practice planning, academic progress, and scouting opponents.  He also was directly involved with team public relations, fundraising and promotional activities.

“I would like to thank Athletic Director, Will Dunne, Coach Ryan Ridder and Daytona State College for this tremendous opportunity. I really believe in the College’s mission, and truly believe that we as a staff have a chance to get the Daytona State Falcons back on the winning track. I’m thrilled to be a part of Coach Ridder’s staff and the Daytona Beach Community.”

During his time at University of South Alabama the Grand Rapids, Mich. native led recruiting efforts in consecutive seasons rated as the top recruiting classes in the Sun Belt conference. The Jaguars finished 2nd place in the Sunbelt Conference East division in consecutive seasons, while posting the best conference record (14-6) since the Jaguars historic 2007-08 season which included a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Taylor had the pleasure to coach 2013 Sunbelt Conference Player of The Year and AP All-American, Augustine Rubit.  Prior to his time at University of South Alabama, Taylor served as an assistant coach at Neosho County Community College (KS), where Taylor helped guide the Panthers to a 20-win season in 2009-10 and coached six players that went on to NCAA Division I schools, including Antione Lundy, the 2009-10 Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference-East Player of the Year and NJCAA All-American.

In addition to his coaching duties at NCCC, Taylor was an adjunct faculty member where he taught undergraduate courses in personal training and coaching basketball.

Taylor earned his Master Degree at Texas A&M University-Commerce (’09), as a member of the Lions Men’s Basketball team and served as Team Captain. During his time as a Graduate Student-Athlete Taylor also served as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Health and Human Performance where he aided in exercise testing research in the fields of biomechanics, motor learning and controls. Taylor proctored and instructed students in the exercise physiology lab, reviewed and assisted student assignments and provided help with lab experiments.

Coach Taylor earned his Bachelor Degree at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (’07) after redshirting his freshman campaign, Taylor earned three varsity letters for the Islanders from 2005-08, and was a part of three 20+ win teams. As a sophomore he was a member of a squad that posted a school-record 26 victories, won the Southland Conference regular season and tournament titles in its first year of membership, earning a bid to the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

Active in community service, Taylor has participated in programs that encourage lifelong reading to young people, and various community service efforts. . In 2004 he was awarded the St. Thomas Aquinas Leadership Scholarship from Aquinas (Mich.) College and was a member of the Grand Rapids Junior Rotary Club.


Coach TouchardBlake Touchard
Volunteer Assistant Coach

 Blake Touchard joins the Daytona State Falcons staff after previous serving as the Graduate Assistant for Embry Riddle University during the 2012-2013 where he earned his Master's Degree in Business Management. Touchard's duties at Daytona State will include; Academic Liason, Assist with the Strength and Conditioning, Individual Workouts, Recruiting, and on the floor coaching.

A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Touchard joined the Eagles as a sophomore in 2009, making an immediate impact as the team's starting point guard. Touchard earned first team All-Conference honors while leading the team in assists (128), placing third in scoring (11.8 ppg) and pacing the squad in steals (53). Touchard helped the Blue and Gold to the NAIA II National Tournament as the Eagles advanced all the way to the Elite Eight before bowing out to eventual national runner-up, Walsh (Ohio.)

In his second season, Touchard was named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American after earning first team All-Sun Conference honors for the second time in as many seasons. He started in 32 of the team's 33 contests, averaging 4.2 assists-per-game while shooting 41.1 percent from the floor. Touchard again led the Eagles to the NAIA II Naitonal Tournament after an upset win over top-ranked Northwood in The Sun Conference Tournament championship game.

As a senior, Touchard was given the task of running the point once again, this time for a young team. Earning second team All-Conference honors, Touchard poured in 17.0 ppg, tallied 127 assists and grabbed 114 boards for the Blue and Gold.

Touchard ended his Embry-Riddle career ranked seventh in total 3-point field goals made (196), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (37.7), fifth in free throw percentage (78.2), sixth in assists (400), eighth in assist average (3.9), eighth in steals (174) and fourth in steals average (1.7).


Coach O'GradyPatrick O'Grady
Director of Basketball Operations

Patrick O'Grady joined Daytona State Men's Basketball as the director of basketball operations in July 2013. Coach O'Grady brings a wealth of experience to the Daytona State staff, having previously served as a head coach at both the high school and collegiate levels for six years.

"I want to thank Athletic Director, Will Dunne, Coach Ridder and Daytona State College for this incredible opportunity. I'm excited at the vision Coach Ridder has to return the Falcons to their winning ways."

After two years in the private sector, Patrick spent the 2010-2013 seasons as an assistant coach at Matanzas High School. During his time there, he helped the Pirates to their first ever State Series appearance.

Before returning to Florida, Coach O'Grady served as the Head Coach at Tennessee Temple University. At Temple, Patrick had the opportunity to recruit Freshman All-Conference performer, Rokas Gricius from Siauliai, Lithuania. Before arriving to Temple, Patrick served as Head Coach and Athletic Director at Southland Christian School from 2003-2007. During his time at Southland, his teams recorded back to back State Tournament Series appearances.

After medically redshirting at Lambuth University, O'Grady earned his Bachelor Degree at Clearwater Christian College ('00), as a member of the Cougars Men's Basketball team and team captain, under Hall of Fame Coach Del Wubenna. During his time at Clearwater, Patrick earned 4 Varsity letters and was a member of three 20+ win seasons with teammate, Justin Rowe (Phoenix Suns).

After graduating from Clearwater, Patrick joined the coaching ranks: first at Gateway High School, where he was fortunate to coach future Boilermaker, Keaton Grant; then at Heritage Christian School.

Patrick and his wife, Lisa, live in Flagler Beach with their two children, Savannah, 7, and Patrick John, 2.