The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament had a local flavor yesterday.
Ryan Sharbaugh, a Wilmington High graduate, is in his third season as director of basketball operations at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Bradley lost to Michigan State, 76-65, in an East Region game in Des Moines, Iowa.
Sharbaugh joined the Braves after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant at Florida State on Leonard Hamilton’s Seminoles staff. In 2015-16, Sharbaugh helped Florida State to a 20-14 record and the second round of the National Invitation Tournament and had the opportunity to work with FSU NBA Draft pick, Malik Beasley, who was selected 19th overall by the Denver Nuggets.
During his time in Tallahassee, Florida, the Seminoles landed a pair of top-10 recruiting classes. In addition to his administrative duties at FSU, Sharbaugh coordinated the Leonard Hamilton Basketball Camps. Prior to Florida State, he spent two years as an assistant coach at Urbana University, where he helped mentor two all-conference performers.
Sharbaugh was an assistant coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College during the 2011-12 school year, helping the Bobcats to an NCAA Division II regional semifinal appearance and 22-9 record. He got his start in coaching at the collegiate level during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons as a graduate assistant at California University (Pa.).
A 2008 graduate of Westminster College with a degree in psychology, Sharbaugh earned master’s degrees from both California University of Pennsylvania (sport management) and Florida State. He is currently pursuing a second master’s degree from Cal in school counseling.
Sharbaugh previously coached three years at Wilmington and one season at Summit Academy in Herman, Pa.
He is a grandson of former Vulcans basketball standout Sebastian “Sibby” LoNigro, who was inducted into the California University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. As a senior, LoNigro averaged over 20 points and 12 rebounds en route to earning Associated Press all-Pennsylvania Honorable Mention.
Sharbaugh and his wife, Marianna, have one son, Sutton.