Ryan Kirsch enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Kirkwood Community College men’s basketball program in 2019-20.
During the 2017-18 season, Kirsch served as a graduate assistant coach at South Dakota State University. His responsibilities included coordinating all team video needs, player development, and opponent scouting. Kirsch also assisted in day-to-day basketball operations such as travel, team meals, and team academic support.
The Jackrabbits finished the season with a record of 28-7, winning the Summit League Conference and Tournament Championships, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. SDSU had a record-setting year having set the school records for wins (28), team points (2,958), 3-pointers made (374), and defensive rebounds (1,054). Kirsch worked with several players that accumulated numerous accolades including Associated Press All-American Mike Daum, 2nd Team All-Summit League and Freshman of the Year David Jenkins Jr., and All-Summit League Honorable Mention forward Reed Tellinghuisen.
Kirsch spent the 2016-17 season as a graduate assistant at Augustana University, where he oversaw team academic progress, team equipment needs, and the program's junior varsity team. Additionally, he assisted in player development, recruiting, and video needs for a squad that went 24-9 en route to an NCAA Central Region semifinal appearance with an All-American and two All-League selections.
Prior to Augustana, Kirsch was a two-year undergraduate assistant/student manager for Iowa State (2014-16), serving under Fred Hoiberg and Steve Prohm. With the Cyclones, Kirsch assisted with scouting reports, video operations, player development and recruiting visits.
A Corydon, Iowa native, Kirsch graduated with a degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Iowa State University in 2016. Recently this year Kirsch also earned a Master of Arts in Sports Administration and Leadership from Augustana University. He resides in Ely, Iowa with his wife Branygon.