Ryan Ridder

Ryan Ridder (born November 11, 1984)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Mercer Bears
Current conference: Southern Conference (SoCon)
Bethune-Cookman record: 48-45 (.516)
Tennessee-Martin record: 48-47 (.505)
Mercer record: 0-0 (.000)
Overall record^: 96-92 (.511)

Career Accomplishments:


  • Joe B. Hall Award:  1  (2018)
  • Mid-Florida (NJCAA) Coach of the Year:  4  (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2024-present Mercer
2021-2024 Tennessee-Martin
2017-2021 Bethune-Cookman
2013-2017 Daytona State
2010-2013 Campbell (asst)
2009-2010 Embry-Riddle (asst)

Ryan Ridder Facts

  • Ryan Ridder
  • Born November 11, 1984
  • Hometown: Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Alma Mater: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (BA, 2008) / California University of Pennsylvania (MA, 2009)
  • After graduating from Father Lopez HS in Daytona Beach, FL, Ridder started his college career at Wooster (OH)
    • Transferred back home to Division II Embry-Riddle to finish his degree and career, playing for his father, Steve Ridder
  • Started coaching right away after graduation, spending one season as an assistant at North Raleigh Christian (NC)
  • After one year assisting his father at Embry-Riddle, Ridder spent three seasons on Robbie Laing‘s staff at Division I Campbell
  • First head coaching opportunity came in 2013, as Ridder returned home to take over at Daytona State College
    • Went 95-28 in four seasons there, winning four-straight conference regular season titles
  • Hired in March 2017 as the head coach at Division I Bethune-Cookman; went 48-45 over three full seasons
    • Won a share of the MEAC in his first season; given the Joe B. Hall Award as the nation’s top first-year head coach
    • In October 2020, Bethune-Cookman became the first D-I program to fully opt out of the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 concerns
  • In March 2021, Ridder was announced as the new head coach at Tennessee-Martin in the OVC
    • Signed a five-year contract extension in July 2023, keeping him at UTM through the 2027-28 season
    • In his third season (2023-24), Ridder led the Skyhawks to a share of the OVC title for the second time in program history
  • Left UTM in March 2024 to become the head coach at Mercer in the SoCon

Ryan Ridder Coaching Tree

  • Donald Reyes (Loyola LA)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only