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DAVIDSON’S MEE TAKES OVER VASSAR MEN’S BASKETBALL

(Photo by Tim Cowie, DavidsonPhotos.com)

Coach Spent Six Years At Division I Under Legendary Bob McKillop

POUGHKEEPSIE – Vassar College has hired Davidson assistant Ryan Mee as its 13th head coach, Director of Athletics and Physical Education Michelle Walsh announced in a statement released by the school.

Mee replaces BJ Dunne, who left to take the head coaching position at Gettysburg College in April.

“I’m excited to welcome Ryan to the Vassar family,” Walsh said in a statement. “Ryan has extensive coaching experience at the Division III and Division I levels and has been an integral part of building championship programs at multiple academically rigorous institutions.  His personal philosophy of trust, commitment, and care are in line with our mission here at Vassar and I look forward to the positive impact he will have on our student-athletes.”

Mee spent the last six years as an assistant to legendary Davidson coach Bob McKillop.

“It is an honor to be named the head men’s basketball coach at Vassar College,” said Mee. “I’d like to thank Director of Athletics and Physical Education Michelle Walsh and the search committee for trusting me to develop our student-athletes to play an exciting style of basketball that will make the Vassar fans proud.”

Mee comes to Vassar College for his first head coaching position, after serving as an assistant coach at five prior destinations over many different levels.

While at Davidson, Mee helped in the recruiting efforts, while also focusing on day-to-day coaching responsibilities, player development, game and practice preparation, on-court coaching, social media management, scouting report preparation and community outreach.

“Ryan has been a valuable and vital part of our coaching staff and he made a consistently significant impact on our program as we transitioned to the Atlantic 10 Conference,” McKillop said in a statement. “He is insightful and analytical with a remarkable ability to communicate and to teach. Players will love playing for him. Colleagues will enjoy working with him. Vassar will be proud of the way he represents excellence to the entire Vassar College community.”

During Mee’s time at Davidson, the Wildcats earned three NCAA Tournament bids along with being part of a staff that earned Atlantic 10 Coaching Staff of the Year in 2014-15. Mee helped mentor 14 Wildcat players that earned either Southern Conference or Atlantic-10 yearly honors, while also helping assist three conference Players of the Year and an A-10 Rookie of the Year this past season in Kellan Grady.

Prior to Davidson, Mee was an associate head coach at his alma mater, the University of Rochester from 2009-12. While at Rochester, Mee assisted will all aspects of the basketball program including scheduling, budget management, conditioning, and weight training in addition to his coaching responsibilities.

Mee was part of a staff in 2012 that was named as the d3hoops.com East Region Coaching Staff of the Year, while helping the Yellowjackets to a University Athletic Association (UAA) title. Mee helped recruit athletes from all over the nation, bringing in student-athletes from Ohio, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and New York. He also helped the team to a Division III Sweet 16 appearance in 2010-11.

“My experiences at Division III as a player and as a coach helped me understand how incredibly talented these student-athletes are both on and off the court,” he said. “hat well-rounded student athlete is exactly what we are looking for at Vassar.”

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