NORMAL, Ill. – Longtime assistant coach Ryan Pedon has been named the 20th head coach in the storied history of Illinois State’s men’s basketball program.
Fans are invited to welcome Coach Pedon to Illinois State on Monday, March 7, with an open event inside Redbird Arena beginning at 11 a.m.
“I am extremely pleased to join the Redbird family. I would like to thank Chairman Kinzy, Kyle Brenanand Mark Muhlhauser for this opportunity,” Pedon said. “My family and I have been committed to finding the right person from the start. Simply put, the State of Illinois checks every one of our boxes. Great people, strong academics, a highly competitive environment, a proud alumni base, and a campus/community that will allow us to recruit at a high level. The tradition of Illinois State men’s basketball is well documented and we will embrace it at all levels. My family and I are so grateful for this opportunity and look forward to building something very special in the state of Illinois.”
Pedon has spent the past five seasons at Ohio State after joining the staff in the summer of 2017. In his time with the Buckeyes, OSU has a 106-53 record with an NCAA Tournament berth in each of his seasons at Columbus, with two trips to the NCAA second round.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Ryan Pedon lead our men’s basketball program at Illinois State,” said the ISU Athletic Director. Kyle Brenan noted. “We believe he is the right person to lead the men in our program and help them climb back to the top of the Missouri Valley Conference and the NCAA Tournament. Ryan has worked in respected programs and been mentored by great coaches. His recruiting ties to Illinois and the Midwest will be a great asset for him moving forward, and we’re excited about his vision for the future of this program.”
In 2020, Pedon joined Coaches 4 Change (C4C), an organization founded by college basketball coaches who are dedicated to helping their student-athletes, campuses, and communities. C4C’s mission is to provide a platform that engages, educates, empowers and evolves the collegiate student-athlete on issues of social injustices, systemic racism and the power to vote in the endless pursuit of equality.
He made the transition to Columbus alongside head coach Chris Holtman from Butler, where he helped the Bulldogs to a two-season 47-20 record with two NCAA Tournament berths in Indianapolis. Prior to joining the Bulldogs, he spent two seasons in Illinois as an assistant head coach to former Illini head coach John Groce. During his two seasons in Champaign, the Illini qualified for the NIT twice. He was also an assistant coach at Toledo (2010-13) and Miami (Ohio) (2005-10), was director of basketball operations at Kent State from 2002-2005 and was a graduate assistant at Miami (Ohio). ) from 2000-2002.
Pedon played college basketball at the College of Wooster, where he won letter for three years and helped the Fighting Scots to three NCAA tournaments and three North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) regular season championships . In 2000, he won the prestigious “Bear Award” from Wooster.
He received his bachelor’s degree in communications from Wooster in 2000 and a master’s degree in sports organization from Miami, Ohio in 2002. He and his wife Stephanie have one son, Maddox.
“Ryan’s intelligence, enthusiasm and integrity make him someone we think our student-athletes will gravitate towards and our fans will embrace,” Brennan continued. “We look forward to officially welcoming Ryan, his wife, Stephanie, and son, Maddox, to the Bloomington-Normal community on Monday.”
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Ryan Pedon Workout Timeline
2017-2022 – Assistant coach at Ohio State University
2015-2017 – Assistant Coach at Butler University
2013-2015 – Assistant Head Coach at the University of Illinois.
2010-2013 – Assistant coach at the University of Toledo
2005-2010 – Assistant coach at the University of Miami (Ohio)
2002-2005 – Director of Basketball Operations at Kent State University
2000-2002 – Graduate assistant at the University of Miami (Ohio)
What they say…
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State Head Coach
“Illinois State is hiring a terrific basketball coach and a very gifted leader. Ryan has an incredible work ethic, terrific basketball feel and IQ, and a real vision of what he wants his culture to be. program either. He has a lot of recruiting contacts in the Midwest, and he knows exactly the kind of player he wants in his program. If I were an Illinois State fan, I would be very excited about the future of the program. I’m thrilled for the State of Illinois as well as the Pedon family. We love Ryan, Stephanie and Maddox and will miss them dearly, but we couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity for them. as a family.”
Gene Smith, Ohio State Athletic Director
“I am thrilled for Ryan. He is an exceptional person as well as an exceptional coach. I want to thank him for all his great work at Ohio State and I know he will be missed. He will do a great job at Illinois State. . Kyle Brenan is an outstanding sporting director and his choice of Ryan is excellent.”
Brad Stevens, President of Basketball Operations, Boston Celtics
“I have known Ryan for over 20 years and have always been impressed with his knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for the game. I believe he will do a tremendous job at Illinois State and be a great person. who the kids will love to play for. He has a great spirit and a ton of experience working for several great coaches. I look forward to following his success.”
Keita Bates-Diop, San Antonio Spurs, Ohio State Alum and Normal Native
“Coach Pedon helped me the most in my senior year at OSU. We put in a ton of hours, not just on the court, but watching movies. Even off the court with the school, he made sure I wouldn’t slack off. He taught me that my commitment on the pitch was just as important as my commitment off the pitch. He showed me the connection between the two and I think that helped me in my NBA career. Having him as a coach in my hometown too is amazing. Congratulations!”
Jae-Sean Tate, Houston Rockets, Ohio State Alumnus
“Congratulations to Coach Pedo! Illinois State is blessed to have a coach with a great offensive spirit who puts his players in situations where they not only thrive but also grow. My time with him was my first year as a guard and he really helped me transition into the player I am today. I’m excited to see the culture he’s building at Illinois State University.”
Eric (former ISU soccer player) and Michelle (Rucker) Liddell (former ISU volleyball player)
“Coach Pedon has been a phenomenal leader and has had a positive impact on a number of players over his many years of coaching. From the time he began relentlessly recruiting our son almost four years ago years, we knew he had the qualities of a coach who would be a great role model for our son – genuine, hardworking, respectable, passionate, dedicated and fully committed. Not only is he a fantastic coach, but he is also motivating, encouraging and focused on instilling good habits outside of sport that will carry on for a lifetime.Coach Pedon fully instilled the confidence of our entire family and we are forever indebted to him for treating our son EJ like one of his own. Coach Pedon is a real gem and Illinois State, our alma mater, will be the perfect place for him to shine! Congratulations!”
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