Warren Nabs Carmel’s Ryan To Be Next Head Basketball Coach


Courtesy of Mark Kodiak, Pioneer Press

Josh Pos

After a couple weeks of interviewing several quality candidates, Athletic Director in waiting Aimee Lonigro announced today in an email to parents that Carmel Catholic High School head coach Zack Ryan will be the next coach of the Boys Basketball team at Warren. 

Zack Ryan posted a 127-111 record in eight seasons at Carmel. Courtesy of Steve Lundy, Daily Herald.

“Zack has been the Head Boys Basketball coach at Carmel Catholic High School for the last 8 seasons. He is currently their all-time winningest coach with 127 wins,” said Lonigro. “[Ryan] is successful, dedicated to developing the boys as young men and basketball players, and extremely knowledgeable about the sport.”

In two of his eight seasons at the head of the Corsair program, Ryan won over twenty games along with winning three regional championships. He now takes over a program that has not surpassed the twenty win mark or won a regional in eleven years.

‘I’ve always thought Warren was one of the best high school basketball coaching jobs around.” Ryan said. “When I first moved to Illinois out of college in 2010 and was coaching at Mundelein all I ever heard about was Warren, the tradition, Warren loves basketball.”

“I can’t wait to meet the kids and parents,” Ryan exclaimed. “I can’t wait to get started.”

He will not have to wait very long to meet his future players as it was announced in the email release extending an invitation to current basketball players to meet their new coach tomorrow in the O’Plaine lecture hall.

Ryan will become the fourteenth coach in Blue Devil Basketball history, and the third since Chuck Ramsey retired in 2012.