Benedictine Announces New Men's Basketball Coach

  • Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Benedictine College president Stephen D. Minnis and athletic director Charlie Gartenmayer announced Tuesday morning the hiring of Ryan Moody as head coach of the men’s basketball team.


Moody, who played for the Ravens from 1992 until 1996, comes to his alma mater from the University of North Dakota. Moody has served the last five seasons as the Fighting Sioux’s associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and scheduling coordinator. He helped UND bounce back from a tough 2009-10 campaign to win the Great West tournament championship and play in the Tournament.


“We are impressed with what Ryan has done as associate head coach in North Dakota, and hope to see more of the same here,” Gartenmayer said. “Our bottom line commitment is to build the strongest program possible for Benedictine College. I can assure you that Ryan shares that commitment.”


Moody replaces resigning Todd Eisner, whose 2010-2011 squad finished 16-16 and lost in the Heart of America Athletic Conference semifinals.


“The one year that I spent here was very fulfilling professionally and I believe that the future is very promising for Raven basketball,” Eisner said. “I have been very impressed with the ambition of the college to continue to move forward in all facets of its operations and that is a credit to President Minnis.”


Eisner will return to the Omaha, Neb., area, where he and his family have deep roots.


Moody also has ties to Omaha. Before his time at North Dakota, he spent five years as the head coach at Raymore-Peculiar (Mo.) High School and four years as an assistant at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The Mavericks won back-to-back North Central Conference (NCAA Div. II) championships during his tenure.


The Omaha native was a three-time all-conference selection for Benedictine College and graduated as the eighth-leading scorer in school history. He served one year as a student assistant with the Ravens during the 1996-97 season before taking his job at UNO.


“It is so exciting to have Ryan return to his Alma Mater,” Minnis said. “Like other Raven fans, I remember his performance on the court. It will be fun to watch his performance at courtside.


“We are building one of America's great Catholic colleges, and welcome Ryan Moody's commitment to being an integral part of that effort.”