Aquino Named Men's Hoops Head Coach - Press Conference Thursday Morning

Ryan Aquino

Aquino Named Men's Hoops Head Coach - Press Conference Thursday Morning

Georgia College Director of Athletics Wendell Staton announced the promotion of Ryan Aquino to head coach of Bobcat Men's Basketball Tuesday.

Aquino is the eighth head coach in GC Men's Basketball history, and the first Bobcat alumnus to take the reins of GC's Men's Basketball program. He will address Bobcat Nation for the first time as head coach in a welcome and press conference Thursday, June 23 at 9:30 a.m. in the Centennial Center. The event is free and open to the public.

"I am thrilled that Ryan Aquino will be leading our Men's Basketball program," said Staton. "As our search committee led us through an intense and thorough process, Ryan rose to the top of an outstanding candidate pool. Ryan has a clear and outstanding record of recruiting holistically successful student-athletes to Georgia College. From recruiting to game management, from camps to student-athlete relationships, he has been an integral part of the outstanding culture within our Men's Basketball program. Ryan's impact is felt throughout our program as he knows, lives and exudes the Georgia College culture."

"This is not just a job for Ryan, it's the destination for him. Ryan will continue to elevate every facet of our program. He is loyal, dependable and the ultimate team player who is always ready to assist. I am excited about his vision for our program, and I have complete trust in Ryan to take our program to even greater heights in the classroom, in the community and on the court." 

Serving as assistant coach and head recruiting coordinator for eight seasons at GC, he helped guide the team to a 115-99 record during that timeframe, including an appearance in the 2021-22 NCAA Tournament. He also spent the 2013-14 season as a graduate assistant coach for the Bobcats.

"I am thrilled to be named head coach for the Georgia College Men's Basketball program," said Aquino. "Given the opportunity to not only start my head coaching career, but to do so at my alma mater, is an incredible feeling. I would like to thank President Cathy Cox, Athletic Director Wendell Staton and the search committee for putting their trust in me to lead this program. I'm also excited to start this new chapter specifically with the high-quality character of our current student-athletes."

Aquino helped coach Bobcat student-athletes to 10 All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) honors in his career, including All-Region status for both Jordan Thomas and Terrell Harris. Harris was also an All-American and PBC Player of the Year in 2016-17.

Consistent with the well-rounded nature of Georgia College students, Aquino has been assistant coach for all three of the program's Elite-16 Awards, including Brandon Thomas winning his second-straight this past year. The team has also won the PBC Team Sportsmanship Award four times in his eight seasons, and once when he was on the roster in 2008-09.

Prior to rejoining his alma mater on the sideline, Aquino was a professional player in Germany. In the collegiate ranks he was well decorated, earning a spot in the Reese's Senior All-Star Game, and All-Southeast Region First Team honors from both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Daktronics. Aquino was the only player in the PBC to average a double-double his senior season, earning 2011-12 All-PBC First Team as well.

Aquino is a two-time GC alumnus, adding a Master's in Instructional Technology in 2015.

 

Updated: 2022-06-22
Al Weston
alan.weston@gcsu.edu
478-445-1779
Athletics