Olympic Heights has found its replacement for long-time boys basketball coach Klay Williams.
The school has hired Boca Raton assistant Matthew Ryder for the job, athletic director Cindy Lucia announced Wednesday.
This is the first head coaching job on the high school level for Ryder, 28, a Boca Raton graduate who has spent the past two seasons as an assistant on coach Max Spinner’s Bobcats’ staff.
“It’s a rebuilding process, but there’s nothing more exciting,” he said. “I was at Boca High back when they (Olympic Heights) won the region in 2004, so I definitely know what the school is capable of doing and where the program can get to. I’m excited for the challenge.”
Prior to joining Boca Raton’s coaching staff, Ryder worked as a scout for the National Collegiate Scouting Association.
He also worked with three different Division I college basketball teams as an assistant coach and manager. Ryder was a student manager at Indiana, a graduate manager at UNC-Charlotte, and a graduate assistant coach at the University of Detroit Mercy.
Those teams have combined for four NCAA tournament appearances.
“I’ve been around a winning program throughout my time in college,” Ryder said. “I’ve worked for six different head coaches during my time. I’ve got a great idea of what it takes to get to the winning level, and bring a different viewpoint to the game than coaches who might not have my experience.”