2020 Golden Valley Conference Coach of the Year
Ryan Bisio didn’t waste much time in his inaugural season as head coach of the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball program in the 2019-2020 season. Beyond winning the school’s third outright Golden Valley Conference in school history, Bisio led the 22-6 Corsairs to the deepest playoff run in school history – the Northern California Elite Eight. The sudden and forceful impact to the landscape was widely felt, garnering Bisio votes for California Community College Coach of the Year. Now in his third season as leader of the program, Bisio wants more.
“I’m incredibly grateful to be a part of this department and I feel very lucky that Mr. Bob Brown has entrusted me with the future of the basketball program. The storybook season we experienced together showcased how Redwoods can be a place where student-athletes can develop holistically and move onto the University level – all while engaging and inspiring our local community. We want to keep driving this thing forward into 2021-2022.”
Bisio comes to College of the Redwoods after becoming the winningest head coach in Arcata High School boys’ basketball history – compiling a record of 82-31 in his four seasons. During his tenure, the Tigers made four-straight North Coast Section playoff appearances, including a run to the state playoffs in the 2015-2016 season. In that time, Arcata captured three-straight HDN Conference titles, three-straight conference tournament titles, and produced three-straight league MVP’s.
Bisio has an international flair to his resume, having coached four seasons of men’s, women’s, and elite youth basketball at Hvidovre Basketball Club in Copenhagen, Denmark. In Hvidovre, Bisio led the u-16 boys’ team to three-straight National Final Four appearances – the first in the club’s history. He also developed players who went on to represent Team Denmark in International competition.
Bisio’s high school coaching experiences also include stints at Carmel High School and The Branson School, in Ross, California – where the Bulls won the North Coast Section and CIF NorCal Division 5 championships. Bisio also possesses junior college experience coaching with legendary head coach and mentor, Craig McMillan, at Santa Rosa Junior College.
As a player, Bisio graduated from St. Bernard’s High School in 2000 and still holds the all-time single season scoring record. Having played at Santa Rosa Junior College and competing in the 2003 Elite 8, Bisio then accepted a scholarship to California State Monterey Bay, playing for Hall of Fame coach Bill Trumbo and leading the California Collegiate Athletic Association in assist-to-turnover ratio his senior season.
Bisio holds a bachelor’s degree from California State Monterey Bay in Contemporary Music, and a master’s degree from Concordia University, Irvine in Coaching and Athletic Administration.