Kardok joins JMU Men’s Basketball Staff

Ryan Kardok has joined the James Madison men’s basketball program as an assistant coach for the 2019-20 season, as announced by Head Coach Louis Rowe.

“I am very excited to welcome Ryan to the JMU family,” Rowe said. “He is an extremely talented coach and, what’s more, a tremendous young man. I’ve known Ryan since we were together at Bowling Green and I’m very happy that he’s earned this opportunity. He is exceedingly knowledgeable and has an incredible passion for the game and teaching young men.”

Kardok comes to Harrisonburg from Bowling Green, where he has served the last three seasons as Director of Basketball Operations after originally joining the staff in May 2015 as Video Coordinator. He oversaw day-to-day administrative operations, such as scheduling and budget, on-campus recruiting and team travel.

In his last season with the Falcons, BGSU topped milestones, responding to a last-place selection in the league’s preseason poll by going 22-12 and 12-6 in conference play. The mark was the most wins for the program since 2001-02 as the Falcons set a new arena record with 14 home victories.

“I am extremely excited to be joining the coaching staff at JMU,” Kardok said. “I have known Coach Rowe for several years now and I am really looking forward to working with him, the staff and the players. James Madison University has great tradition academically and athletically. It is an honor to be a part of it.”

Prior to BGSU, Kardok was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Miami from 2013-15, where he worked under head coach Jim Larrañaga. Kardok helped Miami advance to the 2015 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Championship Game at Madison Square Garden and to an overall record of 25-13, with the 25 wins being the second most all-time in school history.

The Parkland, Fla. native played for two seasons at the University of South Florida from 2008-10 where he earned his way on to the team as a walk-on after playing two years at Broward Community College from 2006-08.

The Dukes return four starters from the 2018-19 campaign, including Third Team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection Matt Lewis and CAA All-Rookie pick Deshon Parker.


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