Ryan Marks

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Ryan Marks
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team St. Francis (IL)
Biographical details
Born Chicago, Illinois
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1990–1993 Los Angeles Clippers (Personnel Asst.)
1991–1993 Muir HS (Asst.)
1993–1995 Central Missouri (Asst.)
1995–2001 Northern Illinois (Asst.)
2001-2004 Southern Vermont
2004-2009 St. Edward's
2009-2013 Texas-Pan American
2013-present St. Francis (IL)

Ryan Marks is the men's basketball coach at the University of St. Francis,[1] and the former head coach of the University of Texas–Pan American Broncos men's basketball team.[2] He was named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2014-15, and was awarded the 2015 Jack Bennett Award.

Early life[edit]

Marks is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and played baseball in high school at the Latin School of Chicago, graduating in 1989.[3][4] He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in public relations.[3][4]

Coaching career[edit]

Marks began his coaching career while attending Southern California, working as a player personnel assistant for the Los Angeles Clippers for three seasons, while also assisting at nearby Muir High School for two seasons. After graduating with a degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations, Marks landed his first college coaching gig at Central Missouri, helping guide the Mules to two NCAA Division II Tournament bids, including the Elite Eight in 1995. In 1996, Marks moved to Northern Illinois as an assistant, where he was on staff for six seasons, including the Huskies' 1996 trip to the NCAA Tournament, where as a 14-seed, the Huskies narrowly lost, 73-72, to third-seeded Texas Tech.

Marks landed his first head coaching job at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont in 2001. In his three years at the helm of the Mountaineers, Marks compiled a 57-29 record, and in his first season turned around a three-win team in to a 15-win team. The following year in 2002-03, the Mountaineers set a school record 24-6 mark, and earned its first NCAA Division III Tournament bid. He also was the coach of the Southern Vermont baseball team.[5] Marks accepted the head coaching job at Division II St. Edward's in Austin, Texas. His success carried over as he led the Hilltoppers to a 90-52 record in five seasons, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, something St. Edward's had never accomplished before. In his final season at St. Edward’s, Marks recorded his fourth consecutive winning season, a feat that had not been accomplished since the 1959-62 campaigns.

In 2009, Marks was named the head coach of University of Texas–Pan American, where in three seasons, he has led the Broncos to a 23-73 record as the team transitions to the Great West Conference. After leading the team to a 16-16 record in 2012-13, Marks' contract was not renewed.[6]

On June 26, 2013, Marks was named the head coach at the University of St. Francis, a NAIA school in Illinois.

He was named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2014-15.[7] Marks was awarded the 2015 Jack Bennett Award, which represents winning with integrity.[8][7]

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Southern Vermont (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) (2001–2004)
2001-02 Southern Vermont 15-12 7-6 5th
2002-03 Southern Vermont 24-6 16-2 1st NCAA Division III Second Round
2003-04 Southern Vermont 18-11 14-4 2nd
Southern Vermont: 57-29
St. Edward's (Heartland Conference) (2004–2009)
2004-05 St. Edward's 6-21 N/A
2005-06 St. Edward's 21-9 N/A
2006-07 St. Edward's 24-6 10-2 1st NCAA Division II First Round
2007-08 St. Edward's 23-7 9-1 1st NCAA Division II First Round
2008-09 St. Edward's 17-11 11-4 2nd NCAA Division II First Round
St. Edward's: 91-54 30-7
Texas-Pan American (Great West Conference) (2009–present)
2009-10 Texas-Pan American 6-27 4-8 7th
2010-11 Texas-Pan American 6-25 2-10 6th
2011-12 Texas-Pan American 11-21 5-5 4th
2012-13 Texas-Pan American 16-16 5-3 2nd
Texas-Pan American: 39-89 16-26
University of St. Francis (CCAC) (2013–present)
2013-14 St. Francis (IL) 15-15 12-7 3rd (South)
2014-15 St. Francis (IL) 23-10 16-3 1st (South) NAIA Division II First Round
2015-16 St. Francis (IL) 28-4 19-2 1st (South) NAIA Division II First Round
2016-17 St. Francis (IL) 18-13 12-9 1st (South)
St. Francis (IL): 84-42 59-21
Total: 271-214

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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