Bethune-Cookman Hires New Basketball Coach


Bethune-Cookman University hired Ryan Ridder as their new men’s basketball coach on March 31.

No stranger to Daytona Beach area basketball as both a player and coach, Ridder comes to Bethune-Cookman after a four-year stint at Daytona State College. Ridder was successful in helping lead a resurgence of the Falcons program that produced 95 victories and four Mid-Florida Conference championships.

Additionally at Daytona State, Ridder coached 17 all-conference players, four all-region student-athletes, and one NJCAA Second Team All-America performer. Daytona State also finished the regular season ranked in the NJCAA National Poll in all four Ridder’s seasons. Ridder was named Mid-Florida Conference Coach of the Year in each of his four seasons at the helm of the Falcons program.

Prior to his four seasons at Daytona State, Ridder served as an assistant coach at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina for three years following a stint as one of his father’s assistant coaches at Embry-Riddle during the 2009-10 season.

Ridder graduated from Embry-Riddle with a degree in Aerospace Studies in 2008 following a two-year career with the Eagles after transferring in from Wooster University in Wooster, Ohio. Ridder was a two-year starter and team captain for the Blue and Gold, leading The Sun Conference in assists both seasons. Ridder earned a master’s in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania in 2009.

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