Ryan Ridder, 2014
- Head Men’s Basketball Coach
- DSC employee since April 2013
Degrees and schools where awarded: B.S. in Aerospace Studies, Embry Riddle University; M.S. in Sports Management, California University of Pennsylvania.
Career/Professional honors: 2010: Named one of youngest assistant coaches in the country at the NCAA Division I Level. Directed Campbell University Basketball School (longest running basketball camp in country). Contributing author to Basketballhq.com. 2013: Daytona State Men’s Basketball Team achieved a 3.11 Team GPA in the fall semester.
Outside interests: Spending time with family and friends. All live sporting events, including football, baseball and golf. I also enjoy listening to live music.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I was assistant basketball coach at NCAA Division I Campbell University. Prior to Campbell, I was an assistant at Embry-Riddle University.
What professional projects are you working on right now? We are making a concerted effort to really engage the interest of our community and school to not only support Men’s Basketball but also to support all athletics at Daytona State College.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? The opportunity to impact young people through basketball.
The Falcon hoopsters are having an extraordinary season under your first-year leadership. What’s the secret to their success? I don’t believe it is a secret. We focus on three areas of growth: Student, person and player. All three are equally important and we strive to make each student-athlete the best they can possibly be in these areas. Thus, the process of this has led to some initial success.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? Basketball-wise, I would love to win a state championship and get to the national tournament. However, the most rewarding part, and ultimate goal, when our student-athletes graduate and begin to work in a professional field they are able to see the influence this institution and our staff had on them.
In life? The one goal I would like to achieve in life is to make a positive impact on the people I come in contact and build relationships with.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? You cannot control all factors in life, but the two things you can control is your attitude and work ethic. Make sure these never take a day off.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: When the music gets going, I really like to cut a rug.
Last book read:The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? May cause extreme increase of energy.
Who are the four people in the history of the world you most admire? Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Steve and Vicky Ridder (parents).
The Daytona State of Mind to me means opportunity.