Ryan Shay
Ryan Shay
Title: Head Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: 814-362-7521
Email: rds89@pitt.edu

Ryan Shay is entering his second season as Pitt-Bradford's head men's basketball coach.

In his inaugural season of 2018-19, Shay guided the Panthers to four wins capped by a thrilling 74-70 victory over eventual AMCC Champion Penn State-Behrend on the final day of the season in front of a raucous KOA Arena crowd.

Pitt-Bradford led the AMCC with 8.8 steals per game.

Shay came to Pitt-Bradford from the University of Rochester, where he served as an assistant coach since 2014.

The Andover, N.Y., native assisted with national recruiting efforts, player development, on-court coaching and strength and conditioning, while also having a hand in all other facets of the nationally competitive Rochester program.

In his four seasons, he helped guide Rochester to a 67-37 combined record, including a trip to the Elite Eight in the 2016-17 NCAA Tournament. He also helped develop many players to All-Conference and All-Region honors highlighted by the 2016-17 D3Hoops.com East Region Player of the Year and NABC All-American Sam Borst-Smith.

Prior to starting at Rochester, Shay worked as an assistant coach at Alfred University from 2012-14 where he received a Master of Business Administration.

While at Alfred, he helped lead the Saxons to the program's first Empire 8 Tournament and was a member of the conference's Coaching Staff of the Year.

He spent his collegiate career of 2007-11 playing at Houghton College where he was a three-year starter, a 1,000-point scorer and a three-time NAIA Division II All-America Mideast Conference selection. 

Recognized for his character and academic success, Shay was a two-year captain for the Highlanders, a two-time NAIA Academic All-American and the recipient of the Ron Holmes Award, given to a player that demonstrates outstanding basketball ability, character and academic achievements at Houghton.

Shay graduated from Houghton in 2011 with bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Business Administration while minoring in Education.