Men's Basketball Coaches
Head Men's Basketball Coach
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Ryan Moody was named the 17th head coach in Benedictine College men’s basketball history on April 5, 2011.
In the first season under Coach Moody, the Raven men's basketball team went 15-15 overall and finished sixth place in a tough Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC). The Ravens were in the thick for a bid to the Buffalo Funds NAIA Div. I Men's Basketball National Championship, which goes to the top three teams from the HAAC, down the stretch narrowly missing the cut to Baker University.
Moody had spent the previous five seasons at the University of North Dakota, the first four as Head Assistant Coach and the 2010-11 year as Associate Head Coach.
A native of Omaha NE, Moody played for the Ravens from 1992-96 and graduated from Benedictine College in 1997.
In his role as Associate Head Coach and Head Assistant Coach at the University of North Dakota, Moody, was instrumental in guiding the Fighting Sioux through the transition from NCAA DII to NCAA DI. This past season Moody helped UND to an 11 game turnaround from 2009-10 which was the third best in program history. UND finished the 2010-11 season 19-15 and won the first ever conference title in the Division I era with a Great West Conference Tournament Championship. The team also earned the first ever DI post season tournament game in the CollegeInsiders.com Postseason Tournament at the United States Air Force Academy. Moody is always highly visible on the recruiting trail. In his role as recruiting coordinator at UND, Moody strung together recruiting classes that included the highest scoring freshmen class in NCAA Division I basketball last year. The three true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen accounted for 62.5 percent of the team’s overall scoring. True freshmen Troy Huff also broke the freshmen scoring record at UND.
Prior to UND, Moody served as Head Coach at Raymore-Peculiar High School in Peculiar, Mo., from 2001-2006. Moody inherited a program that had gone 44-81 the previous five seasons, and led Ray-Pec to a 72-55 record over the next five years, including a 53-24 mark over the last three years and the first Suburban Conference title in school history.
Moody served as an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha from 1997-2001. While at UNO, Moody helped recruit three recruiting classes that led the Mavericks to back-to-back NCC championships.
Moody received his bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in secondary education from Benedictine College in 1997 and graduated as the eighth-leading scorer in school history. He also graduated second on the school’s all-time three-pointers made list and was a three-time all-conference selection, including a pair of first team honors. Moody went on to serve one year as a student assistant coach at Benedictine College.
Moody earned a master’s degree in recreation administration from UNO in 2000 and a master’s degree in administration from William Woods (Mo.) University in 2005.
Asst. Men's Basketball Coach
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Assistant coach John Peer returns for his eighth season as a full-time assistant for the Benedictine men's basketball program.
Coach Peer played four seasons for the Ravens, ending his career in 2004 as the Ravens 20th leading scorer in school history with 1,202 points. He is also left as the fourth-ranked 3-point shooter in the history of the Ravens program with 195.
Peer’s primary responsibilities are recruiting, on-court coaching, opponent scouting, film exchange, and assisting with the day-to-day operations of the basketball program.
Although the Ravens no longer field a JV team, Coach Peer’s last three JV squads all played in the league JV championship game, winning the title twice.
John earned his MBA from Benedictine in 2005 and has taught Marketing in the college’s business department.
Men's Basketball Grad. Assistant
Assistant coach Kyle Blackbourn will be entering is first season with the Ravens in the 2012/2013 season.
Blackbourn spent last year at Grand View University, in Des Moines, Iowa. While at Grand View, Blackbourn helped GVU to a 17-13 record in the 2011/2012 campaign and an appearance in the conference championship game. He also worked directly with two first team MCC performers in Kevin Smith and Kody Ingle. Blackbourn also served as Grand View’s head junior varsity coach, where he set a school record for wins in a season.
Prior to GVU, Blackbourn spent the 2010/2011 season as the head women’s assistant for Clarke University, in Dubuqu, Iowa. While at Clarke, Blackbourn helped CU to the most wins the program has seen in nine seasons. He also worked directly with newcomer of the year Brittany Collier.
Blackbourn also spent three seasons at Shullsburg High School, in Shullsburg, Wisc.. During the 2007-2010 seasons, Blackbourn served as head boys’ varsity assistant, while running his own junior varsity program. In the 2006/2007 season Blackbourn began his coaching career at Scales Mound High School, in Scales Mound, Ill. He served as the head boys’ varsity assistant.
Blackbourn earned a Physical Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, while also obtaining a minor in health education, a certificate in adapted physical education and an endorsement in coaching.