Ex-Scot Pedon named coach at Illinois State

Ex-Scot Pedon named coach  at Illinois State

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Ryan Pedon, a 2000 alumnus of The College of Wooster, has accepted the position of head men’s basketball coach at Div. I Illinois State University.

“The Wooster basketball family is proud of Ryan,” said head coach Doug Cline, who coached Pedon during his time as a Fighting Scot. “Ryan is very deserving of this opportunity. He is an outstanding coach and person. Illinois State men’s basketball is in great hands.”

Pedon has spent five years at The Ohio State University, helping the Buckeyes to a 106-54 record with a NCAA Tournament berth during each season in Columbus. Ohio State has ranked as high as second in the AP Top-25 poll during Pedon’s time in Columbus.

Prior to Ohio State, Pedon has coaching stops at Miami University (Ohio) (2000-02, 2005-10), Kent State University (2002-05), University of Toledo (2010-13), University of Illinois (2013-15) and Butler University (2015-17). When current OSU coach Chris Holtmann was hired, he brought Pedon with him from Butler.

As a player Pedon was a three-year letterwinner for the Scots. Wooster won three regular-season NCAC championships, three NCAC Tournament titles, and advanced to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Div. III Championships during his junior and senior years. He played on teams that went 96-19.

Pedon is the fifth known Wooster alum to lead a Div. I men’s program, joining L.W. St. John ’06 (Ohio State, 1911-19), Reggie Minton ’63 (Dartmouth College, 1983-84, United States Air Force Academy, 1984-2000), Larry Shyatt ’73 (University of Wyoming, 1997-98 and 2011-16, Clemson University, 1998-2003) and Lamont Paris ’96 (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2017 to present).