New women’s basketball coach announced

Ryan McCarthy (Photo courtesy of Craig Stensgaard)

Athletic Director Steve Cobb announced Tuesday that Ryan McCarthy has been hired as the women’s basketball coach at University of Alaska Anchorage after the resignation of Nathan Altenhofen late last week.

McCarthy joins the university from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho where he played basketball from 2002-2006 and later held the titles of assistant, interim and associate head coach over the course of five years.

He also played basketball in 2006 for the Central Oregon Hotshots of the International Basketball League and from 2006-2007 in Bramsche, Germany for the Tus Bramsche team.

According to information released from Dallas Baldwin, assistant sports information director, McCarthy led the Crusaders to a 56-27 record as assistant coach from 2007-2010, and the next season led the Crusaders to a 14-13 overall record, including a 9-9 mark in conference play and a bid to a Great Northwest Athletic Conference postseason tournament, while he was acting head coach.

As associate head coach in 2011-2012, he helped coach an 18-10 season and another GNAC Tournament appearance.

Baldwin quoted McCarthy saying, “Having grown up in Alaska, I take great pride in representing this institution and welcome the challenge of building on the winning tradition of the women’s basketball team. My family and I are excited to become part of Seawolf Nation.”

McCarthy is on vacation with his family in Mexico and was unavailable for comment in this story.

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The new coach joins the Seawolf family after the unexpected resignation of Altenhofen, who resigned from his post last week under investigation of “professional misconduct.”

KTUU reported Aug.10 that Cobb said the incident did not involve NCAA violations or student athletes.

Cobb said Monday that it is university policy not to comment on personnel issues, but said he was expecting acceptance of the position from a new coach soon.

He said the candidate, McCarthy, was one of the three original candidates considered to replace former coach Tim Moser, who accepted an assistant coaching job with Colorado State University at the end of the spring semester.

Cobb said Monday that the pay for the new coach will likely be the same as Altenhofen’s, which was projected to be $70,000 before bonuses.

Altenhofen was paid was paid an income of $8,234.20 at the time of his resignation.

The women’s basketball season is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex Center.

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This is a developing story. Check back for more information and an interview with Coach McCarthy, soon.