Ryan Amado took over the helm of the Marygrove women’s basketball program midway through the 2013-14 campaign, making him the third head coach in program history. Amado helped sculpt the Mustangs over the course of the final 11 games of the 2013-14 campaign before entering his first full season roaming the women’s basketball sidelines in 2014-15.
During the 2014-15 campaign, Amado led Marygrove women’s basketball to new heights as he helped guide the team to its first Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) wins in program history. The first of two WHAC wins came on the road at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Dec. 6, 2014 as Amado’s Mustangs held off the Wolverines for a historic 66-61 victory.
Two months later, Amado and the Mustangs picked up WHAC win number two, this time by a six-point margin, as the Green and Gold earned a 73-67 come-from-behind victory in the waning moments of the contest. The win also marked the Mustangs first victory inside Detroit’s Northwest Activities Center – the home of Marygrove College basketball since the beginning of the 2013-14 season – and was only the third home triumph in as many seasons.
Prior to taking the head women’s job, Amado was promoted to head coach of the men’s basketball team heading into the 2013-14 campaign. A longtime assistant on the men’s side, Amado was elevated from associate head coach to head coach by exiting director of athletics and head men’s basketball coach, Dave Sichterman, months before the 2013-14 season tipped off. With the promotion, Amado became only the third head coach in program history, taking over a program that was previously guided by Sichterman (twice: 2001-2006, 2010-2012) and Glen Donahue (2007-2009).
Since taking over as men’s skipper, Amado has brought in talented recruiting classes and has aided in the growth of a program that continually boasts over 30 student-athletes every year. This season, Amado remains on as men’s basketball coach and has the Mustangs positioned to make a run to qualify for the WHAC tournament.
Amado enjoyed a successful high school coaching career prior to Marygrove as an assistant coach for the former Pontiac Northern High School men’s basketball program. At Northern, Amado helped guide the perennial power to back-to-back MHSAA Class A State Championships.
Amado, a 1976 of Oakland University, earned his B.A. in Psychology while balancing the duties as a two-sport standout. Amado played four years of basketball and baseball at Oakland University for the then-NCAA Division II program in Rochester Hills, Mich. Amado resides in Troy, Mich. with his wife, Terri.