The 2019-2020 season will mark the third year for Ryan Bailey as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Bluefield State College.
Last year, Bailey’s second with the Big Blues, the team saw a complete turnaround from the previous three years as they almost double their win total from those three years with 11 victories. The 11 vicotries is the fifth time in the last 20 years that they have reached double digit victories. The 10 wins was good enough to earn the the 5th seed at the USCAA National Championships were they were able to go 1-1 and set a National Tournament Record with 25 steals in a game versus Silver Lake College. Lyndsay Hatfield was awarded as a USCAA Honorable Mention All-American.
In Coach Bailey’s first year with the Big Blues, the team saw improvement as they won as many games in year one under his direction as they did the previous two years combined. He oversaw both Rosalie Pozo and Lyric Hampton be named USCAA Honorable Mention All-Americans.
Bailey came to Bluefield State from Malone University where he spent just one season as the Head Coach. Although he inherited a team that saw them graduate four of five starters, the team was able to reload and improve on their win total from the previous season. In their final year in the GLIAC, Bailey was able to coach a Second Team All-Conference player and an All-Freshman team member.
Prior to his stint at Malone, Bailey spent three years as the top assistant at the University of Charleston. In his first season the Golden Eagles saw a three win improvement from the season before (16-13) and a make it to the Conference Tournament Semi-Finals (knocking off the #1 seed along the way). Year two saw even more improvement as they would go 21-9 and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament after making it to the Conference Tournament Finals. In his final year at UC, they would go 22-7 and earn a share of the Conference Regular Season Title.
Sandwiched around his time at UC and spending time at the helm at Mercyhurst North East College, Bailey returned to his High School Alma Mater where he spent two years as the Varsity Assistant Coach and Head Junior Varsity Coach (1 season). An undefeated season highlighted his time at his Alma Mater along with having helped coach several young ladies who would go on to play at the NCAA level.
During his time as the Head Women's Coach at Mercyhurst North East, he took a once dormant program and turned them into a Regional power. In just his second year, the team would set a school record for wins in a season (18). By the time MNE was done in year three, they would again set a school record for wins (22), have Samantha Wozniack named Region Player of the Year, Coach Bailey be named District “C” coach of the year, Lorraine Sutton named Region 3 tournament MVP, and the team win the NJCAA Region 3 Tournament. The Region Championship earned them a bid to the NJCAA National Tournament, the first in school history. Coach Bailey was able to coach countless All-Conference and All-Region players during his six years, with Wozniack and Brittany Graham earning All-American status.
The Zanesville, OH native arrived at Mercyhurst North East from Philo High School, where he served as the Assistant Varsity/Head Junior Varsity girls’ basketball coach for a season and spent two seasons as the Assistant Men’s Coach at Ohio University-Zanesville.
Outside of coaching basketball, Coach Bailey has also coached women’s volleyball and men’s golf at the collegiate level, while also serving as the advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and as an Assistant Compliance Director.
Bailey is a 1999 graduate of the Ohio University College of Business where he holds a bachelor’s of business administration. He and his wife Jessica, a local Graham High School Alum, are the parents of a son Andrew and are expecting their second in January 2020. They reside in Bluefield, WV.