UAlbany men’s basketball hires Ryan Daly as assistant coach

Ryan Daly will replace Hamlet Tibbs on the University of Albany men’s basketball team, coach Dwayne Killings announced Thursday.

Daly, 24, played at the University of Delaware from 2016 to 2018, winning the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year after setting freshman records in points and rebounds. He later transferred to St. Joe’s and led the Big 5 and Atlantic 10 in scoring during the 2019-20 season. Daly won the Big 5 title again in 2020-21, despite missing 10 games due to injury. UAlbany is his first coaching job.

Tibbs left for Notre Dame in August after a season with the Great Danes.

Killings called Daly a “rising star” in a statement announcing the hiring.

“We wanted to create opportunities for the next generation of coaches, and I have personally seen him prove people wrong throughout his career. I’m thrilled to watch him grow and achieve his dream of becoming a coach. After hearing from coaches like Phil Martelli and basketball personalities like Jeff Goodman and John Rothstein, the respect he has at this point in his career is impressive,” Killings said.

After college, Daly was a 3×3 National Championship All-Star and spent time with the Chicago Bulls Summer League team, Maine Celtics and Aqua Caliente Clippers.

“I am extremely happy to join the Great Dane family,” Daly said. “Coach Killings has a tremendous vision for our program, and I am ready and committed to helping this program achieve its goals.”

Killings also officially announced that Rudy Wise will serve as Director of Program Development and Analytics, helping to forge ties between Albany’s business community and the Great Danes and assisting players with naming deals, image and likeness.

“I think he understands both the business of the sport and the sport itself,” Killings said of Wise during the team’s first practice on Tuesday.

Wise comes to UAlbany from Episcopal High School in Virginia, where he was associate director of admissions and assistant varsity basketball coach for boys.

Both rookies round out Killings’ staff for 2022-23, which is almost completely different from last season. Dan Madhavapallil (former director of basketball operations, now assistant coach) and Matt Cioce (former graduate manager, now director of basketball operations) are the only ones returning.

Assistant coach Matt Griffin and video/recruiting director KJ Baptiste both left for Florida Gulf Coast University, while assistant coach Dannton Jackson became head coach at Talladega (Ala.) College of the NAIA .

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