Ryan Devlin is in his first season as the Director of Player Development for the Nittany Lions. An eight-year veteran of the coaching profession, he is working at his third level in basketball coaching and development and has experienced great success at every level.
Devlin came to Penn State after four successful seasons as an assistant coach at the College of Southern Idaho. He worked alongside 2011 NJCAA National Coach of the Year Steve Gosar at CSI helping to guide the Golden Eagles to 105-32 record, back-to-back Region 18 regular season and tournament championships (2011 and 2012) and a 2011 NJCAA National Championship during his tenure. In four seasons at CSI, Devlin coached more than 18 athletes that went on to play Division I basketball, including 2011 NJCAA National Player of the Year Pierre Jackson who went on to lead the Big 12 in scoring and assists during a standout career at Baylor University. He worked with four NJCAA All-American honorees and two Region 18 Players of the Year.
A 2005 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in social sciences, Devlin is making his fifth stop in career that spans eight years. Prior to his tenure at Southern Idaho, Devlin worked for a season at Montrose Christian School in Maryland under two-time National High School Coach of the Year and Hall of Fame high school coach Stu Vetter. In one season at the powerhouse prep school, which he also attended for a year and is the alma mater of NBA All-Star Kevin Durant, he helped the team to a 21-3 record and was integral in the recruiting of top players such as current Toronto Raptor Terrence Ross (the No. 8 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft) and Villanova standout Mouphtaou Yarou to the school. Montrose competed in the inaugural ESPN RISE National High School Invitational and was ranked No. 1 nationally by the Washington Post before finishing as the No. 6 ranked team in the country by USA Today.
Devlin previously spent a season at Hagerstown Community College (Md.) serving first as an assistant coach and then becoming interim head coach at mid-season. He worked under coach Terry Truax, a former longtime assistant under Dean Smith at North Carolina, helping to guide the team to a 23-8 record after the program posted an 8-22 mark in the previous campaign.
Devlin began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Bowling Brook Preparatory School in Maryland.
A native of Waynesboro, Pa., Devlin is a former Harrisburg Patriot News Big 15 Team selection at Waynesboro HS and was a standout pitcher who went on to pitch collegiately at Hagerstown Community College and the University of Pittsburgh. He comes to Penn State with his wife, Erin.