St. Mary’s Ryken (SMR) is proud to announce the hiring of Patrick Behan as head boys basketball coach. He comes to SMR from St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. where he was the assistant boys varsity basketball coach. Both SMR and St. John’s are members of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC).
“The chance to lead a program in the best basketball conference in the country is an opportunity that I am not only excited about, but also thankful for,” said Behan. “Coach Dave Tallman did an excellent job in his time here and has left me a strong platform for success. I look forward to fully immersing myself in the SMR community, and working hard to produce the absolute best for the students on the court and in the classroom.”
In addition to coaching, Behan will be teaching English at SMR. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Bucknell University where he was a member of the school’s mens basketball team, earning MVP honors and selection to the All-Patriot league. After graduation, he went on to be a professional player for the Oettinger Rockets in Gotha, Germany.
His career includes coaching at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Loudoun County High School (Leesburg, Virginia), and Team Takeover for 17U AAU (Amateur Athletic Union). Behan credits St. John’s Head Coach Sean McAloon with preparing him well to take on the head coaching position for SMR.
“We are proud to welcome Patrick to St. Mary’s Ryken,” said Principal Rick Wood. “I am impressed by his strong academic background from Bucknell, his solid coaching resume in the WCAC and college arena, and his energy for his vocation in teaching. I know Patrick is committed to leading a high level program on and off the court, and to always putting the student first in student-athlete.”
St. Mary’s Ryken is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory school community operated under the Xaverian Brothers’ sponsorship dedicated to academic excellence and individualized student growth. Students come from many different counties across the region including Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, King George, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties. Each year, approximately 99% of graduates go on to college and the Class of 2014 earned $12.7 million in scholarships.