Coaching Staff

Coach RidderRyan Ridder
Head Coach
(386) 506-3105

Ryan Ridder enters his third year as Head Coach of the Daytona State College Men’s Basketball Team. After taking over a program that was 6-25 prior to his arrival, Ridder has orchestrated a massive turnaround which includes a 45-14 overall record, Two Mid-Florida Conference Championships, as well as back-to-back Coach of the Year awards.

In just two short years, Ridder has seen the Falcons attain many on the court and off the court accolades. The Falcons have produced 12 All-Conference players, 3 All-Region players, and one NJCAA 2nd Team All-American. Daytona State also finished the regular season ranked in the NJCAA National Poll in both of Ridder’s first two seasons.

With a 100% graduation rate in two years, Daytona state has seen 11 players sign to play basketball at the 4 year level. Some of those schools include, UCF, Depaul, Western Kentucky, Illinois State, Bowling Green, among others. Daytona State was also the only team in Region 8 to achieve a 3.0 GPA and one of 12 teams in the country to hold a 3.0 during the 2014-2015 Academic year.

Prior to being named Head Coach at Daytona State, Ridder served as an assistant coach at Campbell University. During Ridder’s three years with the Fighting Camels, Campbell exceled in many areas. He was part of a staff that earned the highest ranked recruiting class in the Atlantic Sun. He also saw the Camels knock off BCS opponents University of Iowa and Auburn University. Campbell’s success was not limited to team accolades. Ridder coached three All-Conference players, as well, as one Freshmen of the Year. The Camels saw great success in the state of North Carolina, beating in state rivals, East Carolina, Appalachian State, and UNC Wilmington.

Before arriving to Campbell University, Ridder spent the 2009-10 campaign as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, Embry-Riddle. Serving as an assistant under his father, Steve Ridder, he helped the Eagles reach the quarterfinals of the NAIA national tournament and compile a 30-6 won-lost record.

Ridder served as starting point guard and team captain at Embry-Riddle from 2006-08. He led the Sun Conference with a 4.24 assists average as a senior.

After graduating from Embry-Riddle with a degree in Aerospace Studies in 2008, Ridder moved to North Carolina where he remained involved with basketball on the skill development side. He trained players from youth to those with NBA aspirations while working for the Hoop City U basketball training academy. In addition, he was the head coach for a number of teams engaged in international competition with 365 Sports and he served as the assistant boy’s basketball coach at North Raleigh Christian.

Ridder earned a master’s in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania in 2009.

Ridders' Details

Coaching History

Full Name


Ryan Daniel Ridder

Head Coach, Daytona State



November 8, 1984

Assistant Coach, Campbell



Lexington, KY

Volunteer Assistant Coach, Embry-Riddle



Embry-Riddle (2008)

Assistant Coach, North Raleigh Christian High School

Director of Basketball Operations, Hoop City U



Aerospace Studies


Graduate School


California University of Pennsylvania (2009)


Master's Degree


Sports Managament


High School


Father Lopez


Player Background


College of Wooster (2003-2005)

Embry-Riddle (2005-2008)


Off the Court


Spending time with family and friends, playing golf,

watching baseball and football especially the

Cincinnati Reds & Cincinnati Bengals


Coach TaylorIan Gibson
Assistant Coach
(386) 506-4603

Ian Gibson, an alum of North Florida University, served on Matthew Driscoll’s staff from 2012-2014 as Director of Basketball Operations. Gibson enters his 2nd year as Assistant Coach at Daytona State. His first year proved very successful as he was paramount in capturing the Falcons 2nd straight Mid-Florida Conference Championship as well as earning a 3.02 Cumulative Team GPA. He was a vital role in the recruiting efforts of freshmen Rashaard Pringle, Alston Jones, and Nashad Mackey.

Gibson, a four-year letter winner at North Florida from 2005-09, returned to his alma mater following a short stint as the assistant strength coach at the University of South Carolina for the 2011-12 campaign. He also previously served as the graduate assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University during the Rams Final Four run in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

As a guard for the North Florida Ospreys, Gibson was one of the team’s top defensive performers. He led the team and ranked eighth in the Atlantic Sun Conference for steals during his sophomore season with 46 (1.6 spg). Gibson also excelled in the classroom garnering A-Sun All-Academic recognition in 2007-08.

Gibson earned his degree in criminal justice from North Florida in 2009 and began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Monsignor Pace High School.

A native of Miami, Gibson was a standout prep player at Monsignor Pace, earning all-district honors and helping lead his squad to the 2003 3A state title (31-5) and the state semifinals in 2004 (29-6).

Gibson is married to Brittany Burton, a graduate of Texas Women’s University.  



Coach O'GradyPatrick O'Grady
Assistant  Basketball Coach

Patrick O’Grady is entering his 3rd year on staff at Daytona State and has been elevated to Assistant Coach. O'Grady joined Daytona State Men's Basketball as the director of basketball operations in July 2013. He was a key contributor in the recruiting efforts of Abdul Sarki and Wesley Alcegaire. Coach O'Grady brings a wealth of experience to the Daytona State staff, having previously served as a head coach at both the high school and collegiate levels for six years.After two years in the private sector, Patrick spent the 2010-2013 seasons as an assistant coach at Matanzas High School. During his time there, he helped the Pirates to their first ever State Series appearance.

Before returning to Florida, Coach O'Grady served as the Head Coach at Tennessee Temple University. At Temple, Patrick had the opportunity to recruit Freshman All-Conference performer, Rokas Gricius from Siauliai, Lithuania. Before arriving to Temple, Patrick served as Head Coach and Athletic Director at Southland Christian School from 2003-2007. During his time at Southland, his teams recorded back to back State Tournament Series appearances.After graduating from Clearwater, Patrick joined the coaching ranks: first at Gateway High School, where he was fortunate to coach future Boilermaker, Keaton Grant; then at Heritage Christian School.



Coach O'Grady

Bryce Carlton
Volunteer Assistant Coach

Bryce Carlton is from Warsaw, Kentucky. Carlton went on to further his basketball playing career at Northwestern Ohio in Lima, Ohio. He played Point Guard for the Racers for one season, before transferring to Berea College where he finished his playing career as Point Guard for the Mountaineers. During his junior season, he set a team record for most assists in a game in the 2012 season. He graduated from Indiana Southeast University with a Bachelors Degree in Studies with a focus in Psychology.

Carlton then went on to work Camp for Coach Mark Few (Gonzaga), Coach Smart at VCU (Now at Texas), and Coach Crean (Indiana University).

At 22 years old, he went on to become the Head Coach of the Louisville Fillies. Women's Semi- Professional team during the Summer season. That same year Coach Carlton also was the Varsity Assistant of Iroquois High School in Louisville Kentucky.