Ryan Bisio named state coach of the year

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College of the Redwoods men’s basketball head coach Ryan Bisio has been named the state coach of the year for Northern California by the California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaches Association (CCCMBCA).

This winter, Bisio guided the Corsairs to one of their most successful seasons ever, winning a third consecutive Golden Valley Conference championship and setting a new school single-season record with 26 wins.

He earned the award ahead of 46 other men’s coaches in NorCal.

“I’m deeply humbled and overwhelmed with gratitude in receiving this award,” Bisio said. “With so many talented and inspiring coaches in the California Community College system, this recognition is very special to me.”

Bisio was nominated for the award by the head coach of Columbia College and the Central Valley conference representative Rob Hoyte. 

His nomination received an unanimous vote by league representatives from each of the six Northern Conferences. 

“The award would not be possible without the genuine support of so many wonderful individuals within our program, athletic department, and campus community,” Bisio said. “I want to especially acknowledge (CR Athletic Director) Bob Brown for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to lead our basketball program.”

Bisio also expressed his gratitude to his associate head coach Justin Claus and assistant coach Blake Rossman.

“I also want to thank our assistant coach Blake Rossman and our associate head coach Justin Claus,” he said. “This award would not be possible without Justin. We are one entity, and the collaborative nature in which we work has brought out the best in all of us. Justin is my basketball soul mate, and I am so incredibly proud of his evolution as a leader.”

Claus has been working alongside Bisio since he was hired as head coach in February of 2019, and Claus was named associate head coach a year ago this week.

“Most importantly, I want to thank the wonderful student-athletes we have the privilege to coach,” Bisio added. “The trust, heart, and dedication of our players is the reason our program has enjoyed competitive success and statewide visibility. I am honored to have been given this recognition.”

After struggling to a winless season the winter before Bisio was hired, the Corsairs have now qualified for the playoffs in each of his three full seasons in charge.

“Our athletic department could not be prouder of coach Bisio and his staff,” CR athletic director Bob Brown said. “He and his staff have elevated our men’s basketball program to historic levels for CR these past three seasons. 

“The student-athletes who have also been on this journey have been nothing short of phenomenal players, students, and citizens in our community. This is the most prestigious recognition of a coach at our level of competition and Ryan is a worthy recipient.”

Bisio was also named GVC Coach of the Year last month.

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  1. Coach B checks all the boxes, what a stand-up statement…

    Go CR basketball 🏀 👏 🙌 💪

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