|Ryan Van Zelst||Brian Coyle|
Carl Danzig, head men’s basketball coach at The University of Scranton, has announced the appointment of Ryan Van Zelst and Brian Coyle as assistant coaches.
Van Zelst spent last season as an assistant at his alma mater, Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, after serving as an assistant coach at York College (Pa.) from June 2012 through August 2014.
His primary responsibilities at both Albright and York College over the past three seasons were recruiting, scouting, preparing individual workouts, tape exchange and video editing, and serving as position coach for the guards and wing players. He also served as assistant director of Albright College Skill Development Clinics last summer and as assistant director at the York College Boys’ Day Camp in the summers of 2013 and 2014.
In addition, Van Zelst coached at the Hoop Group Elite Basketball Camp the past three summers, was a staff member of the Hoop Group Bob Hurley Pocono Skills Basketball Camp in 2012 and 2013, and has also worked camps at Berks Catholic High School (2013) and Rider University (2012).
A 2011 graduate of Albright with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a management track, Van Zelst played three seasons on the Lions’ men’s basketball team and was a member of the 2010 team that captured the Commonwealth Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament. He is also a graduate of Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, where he was a captain of the 2006 boys’ basketball team and three-year starter.
Coyle joins the Royal coaching staff after spending last season as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Lackawanna College and the previous three years at Marywood University, where his major responsibilities were scouting, recruiting, game preparatory, and community relations. He also picked up valuable experience as an assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach of the boys’ basketball program at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, leading the junior varsity program to a 44-18 record (.709) over a three-year period and helping the varsity program reach the state tournament in 2010, its first postseason berth in 16 years.
A 1999 graduate of then Bishop Hannan High School in Scranton, Coyle played collegiately at Misericordia University for four years and was a member of the 2003 team that won a then school record 16 games. He is still sixth all-time in Cougars’ history with 271 career assists. He holds a degree in business administration with a minor in human resources from Misericordia.
At Bishop Hannan, Coyle was a member of the 1999 team that won the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) District II title and advanced to the championship game of the state tournament in Class A. He earned All-Lackawanna League and regional all-star honors his senior year.
The Royals are coming off a 23-6 season that included its second straight and sixth Landmark Conference championship in the league’s eight-year history. Danzig will enter his 15th season as head coach next winter with an overall record of 268-116 (.698).