Ryan Kirsch, a 2011 Wayne Community School graduate has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2019 Under Armour 30-Under-30 list. Kirsch began his Assistant Men’s Basketball Coaching position with the Kirkwood Eagles at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids in May of 2018.
With the 2018-2019 season being his first with the Eagles, the men’s basketball team went on to win the 2019 National Junior College Athletic Association Division II title. Defeating Johnson County 64-58, this was the third title for the Kirkwood Eagles men’s basketball program.
Kirsch previously assisted the Iowa State Cyclones under coaches Fred Hoiberg and Steve Prohm. During his time with the Cyclones, Kirsch assisted with recruiting visits, player development, scouting reports and video operations during he 2014-2016 seasons.
Following his time at Iowa State, Kirsch attended Augustana University as a graduate assistant during the 2016-2017 season. While there he provided assistance with player development, recruiting and video needs as well as overseeing team academic progress, team equipment needs and the junior varsity team in the program.
Leaving Augustana, Kirsch was a graduate assistant coach at South Dakota State University during the 2017-2018 season. While with the Jackrabbits, the team ended their season with a 28-7 record and won the Summit League Conference as well as the Tournament Championship and qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
The Under Armour NABC 30-Under-30 program recognized up and coming coaches and support staff in men’s college basketball under the age of 30. To be considered, coaches must be nominated.
“I have no idea who nominated me,” said Kirsch. “No clue at all.”
This distinguished award from the NABC partnered with Under Armour is one that helps boost the careers as well as spotlighting the profession’s next generation of talent. A program that began in 2016, these honors are presented to head and assistant coaches, directors of operations, video coordinators and other support staff from the NCAA Division I to the NAIA.
“Really it all began in Corydon, and I still have family there,” said Kirsch. “I love that place and people there did a lot for me.”
Kirsch received his degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Iowa State University in 2016 and recently earned a Master of Arts in Sports Administration and Leadership from Augustana University. He married his high school sweetheart, Branygon (Kunzie) and they have made their home in Ely, Ia.