Quincy University men’s basketball coach Marty Bell announced the hiring of Ryan Hellenthal as an assistant coach.
Hellenthal joins the staff with 15 years of previous collegiate coaching experience across the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NJCAA Division I levels. The last two seasons he served as assistant coach and at Central Missouri, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2015.
“Coach Hellenthal will have an immediate impact on our program with the wealth of experience and knowledge he brings,” Bell said. “Coach Hellenthal has been with several high-level programs in his career and he will be able to fit right into our system working with our players and coaching staff. I am looking forward to working alongside him in the gym.”
“I want to truly thank Coach Bell for the opportunity to be a part of this outstanding program,” said Hellenthal. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and the way he has built this program here at QU. In meeting the players already in the program, it is clear this is a focused group of quality young men, who not only care about succeeding on the basketball floor, but also in the classroom and having a positive impact on the community of Quincy. ”
Prior to his stop at Central Missouri, the Quincy native spent four seasons on the staff at Long Beach State, first serving as the director of basketball operations before a promotion to assistant coach. The 49ers won three Big West Conference championships and reached the NCAA Tournament in 2012 with Hellenthal on staff. He assisted in all aspects of the program, including recruiting and coordinating player development programs and scouting reports. Hellenthal coached nine All-Big West selections with the 49ers.
Hellenthal also served as the director of basketball operations at Boise State from 2008-10 where he was involved in all parts of the program.
He spent three seasons at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas from 2005-08 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Coffeyville finished in third place in the NJCAA National Tournament in 2007 and had a combined record of 90-16 during his tenure as an assistant coach.
Hellenthal was also the tournament director of the Jayhawk Shootout, the largest junior college tournament in the country. He was responsible for fundraising and game operations for the event that featured every NJCAA school in Kansas.
Hellenthal was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Garden City Community College from 2002-05, where they won their first Jayhawk Conference since 1952.
He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.