Men's Basketball | Coaches
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Ryan Moody was named the 17th head coach in Benedictine College men’s basketball history on April 5, 2011.
In the first season under Coach Moody, the Raven men's basketball team went 15-15 overall and finished sixth place in a tough Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC). The Ravens were in the thick for a bid to the Buffalo Funds NAIA Div. I Men's Basketball National Championship, which goes to the top three teams from the HAAC, down the stretch narrowly missing the cut to Baker University.
Moody had spent the previous five seasons at the University of North Dakota, the first four as Head Assistant Coach and the 2010-11 year as Associate Head Coach.
A native of Omaha NE, Moody played for the Ravens from 1992-96 and graduated from Benedictine College in 1997.
In his role as Associate Head Coach and Head Assistant Coach at the University of North Dakota, Moody, was instrumental in guiding the Fighting Sioux through the transition from NCAA DII to NCAA DI. This past season Moody helped UND to an 11 game turnaround from 2009-10 which was the third best in program history. UND finished the 2010-11 season 19-15 and won the first ever conference title in the Division I era with a Great West Conference Tournament Championship. The team also earned the first ever DI post season tournament game in the CollegeInsiders.com Postseason Tournament at the United States Air Force Academy. Moody is always highly visible on the recruiting trail. In his role as recruiting coordinator at UND, Moody strung together recruiting classes that included the highest scoring freshmen class in NCAA Division I basketball last year. The three true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen accounted for 62.5 percent of the team’s overall scoring. True freshmen Troy Huff also broke the freshmen scoring record at UND.
Prior to UND, Moody served as Head Coach at Raymore-Peculiar High School in Peculiar, Mo., from 2001-2006. Moody inherited a program that had gone 44-81 the previous five seasons, and led Ray-Pec to a 72-55 record over the next five years, including a 53-24 mark over the last three years and the first Suburban Conference title in school history.
Moody served as an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha from 1997-2001. While at UNO, Moody helped recruit three recruiting classes that led the Mavericks to back-to-back NCC championships.
Moody received his bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in secondary education from Benedictine College in 1997 and graduated as the eighth-leading scorer in school history. He also graduated second on the school’s all-time three-pointers made list and was a three-time all-conference selection, including a pair of first team honors. Moody went on to serve one year as a student assistant coach at Benedictine College.
Moody earned a master’s degree in recreation administration from UNO in 2000 and a master’s degree in administration from William Woods (Mo.) University in 2005.
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