position Assistant Coach
Ryan Pedon enters his fourth season in 2020-21 as an assistant coach at Ohio State after joining the staff in June 2017. The Columbus native returned home after spending two seasons as an assistant on Chris Holtmann’s staff at Butler.
In three years at Ohio State, Pedon helped the Buckeyes exceed all expectations, building an overall record of 66-34. The Buckeyes qualified for the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Second Round in each of the two seasons when the event was contested (2018, 2019). Ohio State finished the 2018 season with a 25-9 overall record. The Buckeyes recorded a 15-3 Big Ten Conference regular-season record to help the Buckeyes to a second-place finish in the league standings.
Ohio State completed the 2018-19 campaign with another 20-wins and a second-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament Second Round after a defeat of Iowa State in the NCAA First Round game in Tulsa.
Heading into the 2020 Big Ten Tournament, which, along with the 2020 NCAA Tournament was cancelled, the Buckeyes built an overall record of 21-10 with a league mark of 11-9, good enough for a tie for the No 5 spot in the league standings. The Big Ten was considered the best league nationally and the toughest top-to-bottom in perhaps the history of the league in 2020.
In Pedon’s two seasons at Butler, the Bulldogs tallied a 47-20 record and advanced the NCAA Tournament twice. in 2016-17, the Bulldogs went 25-9, finished second in the BIG EAST and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011. In 2015-16, Butler went 22-11 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Before his time at Butler, Pedon spent two seasons at Illinois as an assistant to head coach (and former Ohio State assistant) John Groce. Pedon also spent three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Toledo, helping the Rockets to 19 wins in 2011-12, and five seasons at Miami (Ohio), where the RedHawks won the MAC Tournament title in 2007 to earn the school’s first NCAA Tournament bid since 1999.
In 2020, Pedon joined Coaches 4 Change (C4C), an organization founded by college basketball coaches who are dedicated to help their student-athletes, their campus, and their communities. The mission of C4C is to provide a platform that engages, educates, empowers and evolves the collegiate student-athlete on issues of social injustices, systemic racism and the power of voting in the endless pursuit of equality.
Pedon also served as director of basketball operations at Kent State from 2002-05 and as a graduate assistant at Miami (Ohio) from 2000-02.
Pedon played college basketball at Wooster, where he was a three-year letterwinner and helped the Fighting Scots to three NCAA Tournaments and three North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) regular-season championships. In 2000, he won Wooster’s prestigious “Bear Award.”
Pedon received his bachelor’s degree in communications from Wooster in 2000 and a master’s degree in sport organization from Miami (Ohio) in 2002. He and his wife, Stephanie, have a son, Maddox.
2017-present – Ohio State, Assistant Coach
2015-17 – Butler University, Assistant Coach
2013-15 – Illinois, Assistant to the Head Coach
2010-13 – Toledo, Assistant Coach
2005-10 – Miami (Ohio), Assistant Coach
2002-05 – Kent State, Director of Basketball Operations
2000-02 – Miami (Ohio), Graduate Assistant