Ryan Bragdon joined the women's basketball staff in July 2011, as an assistant coach. Bragdon has spent 13 years in women's basketball and brings a vast amount of knowledge to the Redbird program.
In his first season with ISU, Bragdon worked with the post players and coached a trio of underclassmen who played the most minutes in the paint. He also guided Candace Sykes, who led the team in rebounding with 249 boards on the season and was fourth on the Valley leaderboard. Bragdon helped coach ISU to its 11th appearance in the Postseason WNIT with an at-larg bid.
Bragdon has experience teaching post players, while coaching individual skills development. He also has experience in opponent scouting and game strategy, and evaluating talent in recruiting prospective student-athletes.Bragdon spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio, helping coach four All-Mid-American Conference selections and a Girls Basketball Report Top-60 recruiting class, including a 2011 Parade All-American.
Prior to his stint at Ohio, Bragdon spent seven seasons at Western Michigan as an assistant coach, helping lead WMU to a Mid-American Conference Tournament championship, a NCAA Tournament appearance and a WNIT quarterfinal appearance, while coaching four Kodak Regional All-Americans and Carrie Moore, the nation's scoring champion.
Bragdon also spent two seasons in the WNBA as an equipment manager for the Seattle Storm after serving as an undergraduate manager at Washington for three seasons. Bragdon earned his bachelor's degree in English from Washington in 2001.
Bragdon and his wife, Sarra, reside in Bloomington with their two children, Luke (5) and Brenna (2).