Tim Ryan enters his 16th season as the College of Central Florida’s men’s basketball coach. He led the Patriots to the program's first-ever NJCAA National Basketball Championship in 2013. Coach Ryan has the longest streak of consecutive appearances in the FCSAA State Tournament with 13 appearances. Over the past 15 seasons, Coach Ryan has produced eight All-Americans, more than any other junior college in the country.
Last season, Ryan led the Patriots to a NJCAA Top 20 ranking six of 11 weeks, including two Top 15 rankings, as CF finished runner-up in the Mid-Florida Conference with a 25-7 overall record, 9-3 in conference play. The Patriots also ranked Top 10 in the state all 15 weeks, including three Top 3 rankings. Ryan led the Patriots to its thirteenth-straight, 14th overall, state tournament appearance, falling to Florida SouthWestern State 97-83 in the first found.
As a team, Ryan's squad finished Top 5 in the FCSAA in 3-point percentage (36.5) and field goal percentage (47.6), while finishing Top 10 in: total points per game (86.2), blocks (4.1), assists (15.8), and rebounds (42.8). Six players were named to Mid-Florida All-Conference teams, while Arkansas State signee Canberk 'JB' Kus and Western Carolina signee Carlos Dotson received all-state honors. In total, six players went on to sign with four-year institutions.
Ryan had three players rank Top 5 in the FCSAA in individual statistical categories.
Van Turner Jr. finished Top 3 in 3-point percentage (45.1), Dotson finished Top 5 in total rebounds (248), and Kus finished No. 2 in total blocks (70) and Top 5 in blocks per game (2.2).
In 2017, Ryan led the Patriots to a 23-8 overall record and a runner-up finish in the Mid-Florida Conference. He led the Patriots to their twelfth-straight state tournament appearance, falling to eventual 2017 NJCAA Runner-Up Eastern Florida State College. All four sophomores went on to sign with four-year institutions, including Malik Dunbar to Auburn University.
In back-to-back seasons (2015-16/2016-17), Ryan had a point guard break the FCSAA single-game assist record.
Ivan Gandia-Rosa broke former Patriot and NJCAA All-American KJ Maura’s single-game record by dishing out 21 assists on February 15, 2017 against conference rival Daytona State College. Gandia-Rosa finished No. 1 in FCSAA, Top 10 in NJCAA in total assists (200) and finished second in the state for most assists/game (6.5).
In 2016, Ryan led the Patriots to its 14th conference title, eighth of his career at CF, sharing a piece of the title with Daytona State College. They finished the season 23-8 overall, 6-3 in conference. Ryan also took the Patriots to its 11th consecutive state tournament and produced a national-best eighth NJCAA All-American in KJ Maura. Maura broke the FCSAA single-game assist record (20), finishing No. 1 in the state and nation for most assists per game (9.8) and total assists (304). As a team, CF finished No. 2 in the state for most assists per game and No. 3 for lowest defensive field goal percentage.
In 2015, Ryan led the Patriots to a runner-up finish in the Mid-Florida Conference and the program's tenth-straight FCSAA state tournament appearance. As a team, the Patriots men's basketball team finished Top 5 in the state in points per game.
In 2013, Coach Ryan was asked to participate with USA basketball. He was an on-the-court coach for the 19U team in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Facility. The 19U team went on the win gold in Prague.
A former player at New York City's Power Memorial Academy and Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Ryan's coaching career began in 1993 at Clearwater Central Catholic High School, where he spent four seasons coaching teams from the freshmen to varsity level. He was named head coach at St. Petersburg Catholic High School in 1997, and led the program to its first two Pinellas County Private School Tournament championships and the school's second and third appearances in the regional playoffs.
Ryan enjoyed similar results upon his move to the college ranks. He spent three successful seasons as associate head coach at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. There he helped lead the Hawks to an average of 20 wins per season, two state tournament appearances, and a Suncoast Conference.
Coach Ryan was also heavily involved in AAU with successful teams for both girls and boys. He also coached at the prestigious Five-Star Basketball Camp. Ryan’s work at CF extends beyond the basketball team as he is the coordinator of CF’s intramural sports program and runs the popular CAMP PATRIOT basketball camp for local youth annually in December and the summer months.
Ryan holds a master's degree in psychology from National-Louis University. He and his wife, JoAnne, have four children, Tim, Nicole, Veronica and Tommy.