KEENE, N.H. - Keene State College Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and Interim Athletic Director Kemal Atkins has announced the hiring of Ryan Cain as the interim men’s basketball coach.
Cain comes to Keene from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he spent 12 years as both a player and a coach. One of the greatest players in WPI history, Cain is the Engineers’ all-time leading scorer and led the Engineers to four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season championships and a pair of NEWMAC tournament titles. The Engineers reached the NCAA tournament in Cain’s final three years as a player (2005-07), including the Sweet 16 in 2005.
“Ryan is a winner,” said Atkins. “His successful experience, knowledge of the game, energy and commitment to developing student athletes make him the right person to lead our program at this time.”
A three time NEWMAC All-Conference selection, Cain was the league’s Player of the Year in 2005 and 2007, and was named the Jostens Award winner in 2007 as the top student-athlete in NCAA Division III men’s basketball.
“Ryan stood out to us as someone who is ready to be a head coach,” said Abe Osheyack, sports information director at Keene State and chair of the search committee. “His success as both a student-athlete and an assistant coach have prepared him well for this position.”
After the conclusion of his playing career, Cain moved to the Engineers’ bench, serving as an assistant coach to Chris Bartley, and continuing WPI’s success with NCAA tournament appearances in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Cain helped WPI to five NEWMAC regular season championships, one tournament title, and developed Antoine Coleman (2008) and Jeffrey Robinson (2011) as NEWMAC Players of the Year.
Cain has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from WPI. He will begin his duties on August 17.