Special to The Review
Ryan Marks has been named as the Broncs head coach basketball coach, according to Ricky Vaughn, interim athletic director. A formal press conference will take place late next week officially introducing Coach Marks.
“I am extremely happy that we were able to come to terms with Ryan Marks. I feel he is exactly what we are looking for in a coach,” said Vaughn. “He brings a winning attitude and a winning tradition. Marks has been the head coach at a couple of universities where has turned them around from not being a successful programs to being highly successful programs and going to national championships in their division which speaks volumes for his coaching abilities. Marks gets his student-athletes in involved in the university and in the community and that is exactly what we are looking for in a coach.
Marks comes to UTPA after serving as the head coach for the Hilltoppers of St. Edwards for the past five seasons. While at St. Edwards, Marks compiled a 91-54 record, which includes three trips to the NCAA Division II basketball tournament. Prior to his arrival, the school had never been to the NCAA basketball tournament. This past season marked their fourth consecutive winning season, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished since 1959-1962.
It’s an honor to have the opportunity to coach at a place like the University of Texas-Pan American that has a storied athletic history and a great reputation as a national institution,” said Marks. “I am tremendously appreciative to Dr. Sober, Dr. Edwards and Coach Vaughn for their faith in me in taking on this ambitious endeavor.”
Before joining St. Edward’s, Marks spent three seasons as the men’s basketball head coach at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, VT. Under his direction, the Mountaineers posted a 57–29 overall record and a 37–12 Great Northeast Athletic Conference record. In his first season at the college, the team experienced a 12-game turnaround, making them the second most improved Division III team in the NCAA.
Marks then guided the team to its first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in the 2002–2003 season, and first 20-win season (24–6) in the school’s history. The Mountaineers captured their first-ever regular season and conference tournament championships and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament — an achievement resulting in most improved Division III Team honors by the Northeast Basketball Coaches Association.
In 2003 to 2004, Marks continued his winning ways, posting the school’s third straight 15+ win season (18-11) and leading the Mountaineers to their first appearance in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship Tournament.
Before coaching the Mountaineers, Marks helped lead the Northern Illinois University Huskies to the 1996 NCAA Division I Tournament as an assistant coach. Prior to that, he spent two years as an assistant at Central Missouri State University, where the Mules advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament both seasons, including a run to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1995.
Marks received his bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Southern California.