Ryan Edwards begins his sixth season as a member of the Men's Basketball Coaching Staff. Edwards' duties include opponent scouting, practice planning, individual player development, camp coordination, and monitoring the academic progress of men's basketball players.
In his first five seasons at LSUS, Edwards has helped guide the Pilots to four GCAC Tournament Championships, a RRAC Tournament Championship, a number one national ranking, two regular season GCAC Championships and the best record in school history in 2008, and a seventh consecutive appearance in the NAIA National Tournament. The Pilots have gone 136-33 (.805) in the four seasons that Edwards has been at LSUS, and that record does not include four exhibition wins over NCAA Division I opponents Northwestern State (twice), McNeese State, and Centenary. Four of the players that Edwards has coached at LSUS have gone on to play professional basketball.
Edwards is a local product, growing up in Bossier City. From an early age, Ryan knew that he wanted to coach basketball after spending countless hours with his father, an area sports medicine doctor, at Airline High School and Bossier Parish Community College basketball games. He lettered three years at Airline High School playing under the guidance of Coach Miles Holladay and graduated from Airline in 1998 as valedictorian of his senior class.
Edwards received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from LSU in 2002 and a Master of Education in Sport Administration from Northwestern State University in 2004, accumulating a 4.0 GPA from both institutions. While at LSU, Edwards served as the head 7th grade boys' coach at University Lab School for the 1999-2000 school year and the high school associate head coach from 2000-2002, winning the 2002 Louisiana Class 2A State Championship. While at University Lab, Edwards coached five future college basketball players including Glen "Big Baby" Davis, a current member of the Boston Celtics and NBA World Champion.
From 2002 through 2004, Edwards served as a graduate assistant at Northwestern State, where the Demons fielded the youngest Division I basketball team in the country for two consecutive years. While at Northwestern State, Edwards taught several classes in the Health and Human Performance Department. After earning his Master's degree, Edwards spent the 2004-2005 year as the administrative assistant for men's basketball at the University of Texas Pan American where his primary responsibilities were coordinating team travel and summer basketball camps. While at UTPA, Edwards also taught classes for the Kinesiology Department including Coaching Basketball and Tennis.
He returned to Northwestern State for the 2005-2006 season where he served as an assistant coach under Coach Mike McConathy and taught courses for both Northwestern State and Bossier Parish Community College. With the same core group that had been the youngest team in America for two years, the Demons had a magical season winning the Southland Conference regular season championship and the Southland Conference Tournament Championship. The Demons posted the most wins in school history and came back from a 17-point deficit with 8 minutes to play to upset 3rd seeded Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The last-second game-winning shot won the Pontiac Game Changing Performance Award, which included a $105,000 donation to the general scholarship fund.
Ryan has been married to his wife Alice for six years, and they are the proud parents of a one-year-old boy Grant.