Ryan Cooper was appointed as the director of basketball operations beginning with the 2016-17 season.
“After observing him coach locally at the high school level, Ryan is someone I’ve come to have great respect for,” Wojcik said. “It has always been very apparent to me that Ryan is a tireless worker that is extremely passionate about developing young men. He will relate very well to our players and we’re all looking forward to the energy and enthusiasm he will bring to our program.”
Cooper joined the Spartans after spending the previous two years as the varsity head boys basketball coach at San Jose’s Valley Christian High School. As the youngest coach in the West Catholic Athletic League, Cooper led the Warriors to success in 2015-16, including a Central Coast Section playoff win.
Prior to coaching at Valley Christian High, Cooper was the varsity head coach at Oak Grove High School (2013-14) and Del Mar High School (2008-12).
Cooper is a 2008 graduate of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Calif., with a bachelor’s degree in communications. The point guard finished his playing career fourth on NDNU’s career scoring list, second in career assists and is a member of the program's 1,000-Point Club. He was an All-Pacific West Conference choice in three out of four seasons.
Ryan was a two-time All-Mercury News player for Piedmont Hills (Calif.) High School. He was the MVP of the Blossom Valley Athletic League (BVAL) for the 2002-03 season, and set a single-season league record with 124 threes in 2003-04.
Cooper went on to earn a Master’s in education in 2015 from National University in San Diego, Calif.
Ryan is a proud native of San Jose, Calif.