Ryan McAdams Joins NMSU Women's Basketball Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women's basketball coach Brooke Atkinson announced the addition of Ryan McAdams to her staff on Wednesday.

“Ryan is a great addition to our staff here at New Mexico State,” Atkinson said. “He is a coaching veteran who is experienced in both men’s and women’s basketball. He is a tireless worker with great basketball knowledge, recruiting ties and is a proven winner. We would like to welcome Ryan and his family to Las Cruces and the Aggie family.”

McAdams comes to NM State after spending seven years as the head coach of Eastern Arizona. The Gila Monsters reached the national tournament in three of the last four seasons under McAdams.

EAC completed the 2016-17 campaign with an overall record of 20-11, including a 17-6 record in conference play which was good for third. The team advanced all the way to the region semifinal before falling to Arizona Western College.

The 2015-16 season saw the Gila Monsters (25-9 overall) win the region I championship and make the second round of the national tournament, both program firsts. They finished the season ranked No. 21 in the country.

During the 2014-15 campaign, EAC was nationally ranked for 12 weeks and reached as high as No. 5. The squad tallied 27 overall wins and 20 conference victories, good for a share of the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference title. McAdams’ group were region I runner-ups and notched three wins over top-20 teams.

In 2013-14, the Gila Monsters made the program's first trip to the national tournament after earning region I runner-up honors and finished with a 23-9 overall record.

While at the helm for seven years, McAdams saw EAC named runner-up NJCAA Academic Team of the Year with the second-highest team GPA out of 181 schools, twice. Every two-year player under McAdams transferred to four-year schools under his watch.

The Gila Monsters had three All-Americans, 11 all-region I, and 11 All-ACCAC players during McAdams tenure. Five players were also invited to the NJCAA All-Star Weekend in Niceville, Fla., an event for the top-40 junior college players in the country to showcase their talents on a national stage.

Before moving to the women’s side, McAdams spent eight years as a men's assistant - including his final two at EAC (2008-10) under current men's coach Maurice Leitzke. While on Leitzke's staff, the Gila Monsters were named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year and advanced to the region I semifinal in 2009. During McAdams' two years on staff, EAC sent three players to NCAA Division I and three to NCAA Division II programs.

Before joining the Gila Monsters staff, McAdams spent two seasons under Leitzke at Cameron University (2006-08), an NCAA Division II in Lawton, Okla. In 2006, they defeated four top-25 teams for the first time in school history.

Prior to his stint at Cameron, McAdams spent four years on the central coast in San Luis Obispo, Calif. working in men’s basketball – one under Rusty Blair at Cuesta Community College (2002-03) followed by three as a volunteer assistant under Kevin Bromley at Cal Poly (2003-06).

McAdams is a native of Northern California. He received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Cal Poly.

He and his wife Stacy have two daughters, Rylee and Ellie, and son Caden.