Western Carolina Men’s Basketball Announces Addition of Ryne Lightfoot as Assistant Coach

by | Jun 24, 2022 | Basketball Blogs, Headlines | 0 comments

Western Carolina Men’s Basketball Announces Addition of Ryne Lightfoot as Assistant Coach

Steven Grandy, Director of Media Relations

Men’s Basketball Announces Addition of Ryne Lightfoot as Assistant Coach
CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina men’s basketball head coach Justin Gray today announced the addition of Ryne Lightfoot as an assistant coach for the 2022-23 season.

“I am excited to announce that Ryne Lightfoot will be joining our Catamount Basketball family,” said Gray. “He is coming to us from Grand Canyon University and brings experience as both an assistant and as a head coach during his time at Bethel University. Ryne has been a part of winning programs everywhere he has been and is dedicated to developing student-athletes both on and off the court. We are lucky to have him and his wife, Justine, joining us in Cullowhee!”

Lightfoot spent the past two seasons as the Director of Player Development at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz. During his time with the Lopes, Lightfoot helped lead the squad to a combined 40 wins, the 2020-21 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) regular-season and tournament championships, and an appearance in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

“I’m extremely excited to join Coach Gray and the rest of the staff at WCU,” said Lightfoot. “To be a part of the culture and family that they are building is extremely humbling and a blessing. I’m looking forward to working with our student-athletes to help maximize their potential and help accomplish the team’s goals.”

Before his time at Grand Canyon, Lightfoot spent the previous eight seasons on the coaching staff at Bethel University in Mishawaka, Ind. In his first six seasons at his alma mater, Lightfoot was an assistant coach under his father, Mike Lightfoot, before spending the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons as the head coach, posting a record of 43-21. His squad finished his final season ranked 20th in the NAIA poll. Throughout his coaching tenure at Bethel, the Pilots went 171-65 with three Crossroads League titles and two appearances in the quarterfinal round of the NAIA national tournament.

Lightfoot played for the Pilots for four seasons, recording 2,075 points and 702 assists which rank 10th and fifth, respectively, all-time in the program record books, adding over 500 career rebounds. He was a five-time All-American and was awarded the 2010 NCCAA Pete Maravich Award, presented to the men’s basketball student-athlete recognized for excellence in competition, skill, academics, and Christian service during his career. He was a member of Bethel University’s 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame class. Lightfoot graduated from NorthWood High as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,673 points and is a member of the Elkhart County Sports Hall of Fame.

Related Content

Fickell ushers in new era of Badger football

by | Nov 28, 2022 | Football Blogs,Headlines | 0 Comments

Fickell ushers in new era of Badger football Consensus 2021 National Coach of the Year joins Badgers after six seasons at Cincinnati   MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin...

KOPSEA’S KORNER 2022 FOOTBALL FINAL

by | Nov 28, 2022 | Football Blogs,Headlines,RRSN News | 0 Comments

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS Center Grove (12-2): Noah Coy registered four catches for 66 yards to lead the No. 4 Trojans to their third straight Class 6A state championship...

Valparaiso edges Whiteland in a final minute thriller for 5A title

by | Nov 27, 2022 | Featured,Football Blogs,Headlines,RRSN News | 0 Comments

by Lewis Bagley, Special to IHSAA.org When a team, a school and its community has waited nearly 50 years for a state championship, what’s the big deal about coming out...

Bishop Chatard’s big second half propels Trojans to 3A crown

by | Nov 26, 2022 | Football Blogs,Headlines,RRSN News | 0 Comments

by Rich Torres, Special to IHSAA.org Their journey spanned 15 weeks, involved countless in-season adversities and required some decisive second-half adjustments during...

Indianapolis Lutheran repeats as Class 1A state champion

by | Nov 26, 2022 | Football Blogs,Headlines,RRSN News | 0 Comments

by Mike Beas, Special to IHSAA.org Questioned about which of his touchdown catches on Saturday was his favorite, DeVuan Jones hesitated for a few seconds. The Lutheran...

Center Grove cruises to record third straight 6A crown

by | Nov 26, 2022 | Football Blogs,Headlines,RRSN News | 0 Comments

by Lewis Bagley, Special to IHSAA.org The “King” of Class 6A football is alive and well. Center Grove used its dominating rushing attack and a stifling defense to lead...

East Central rolls by New Prairie for third state championship

by | Nov 26, 2022 | Football Blogs,Headlines,RRSN News | 0 Comments

by Rich Torres, Special to IHSAA.org One word printed boldly across East Central head coach Jake Meiners’ shirt echoed the result Friday after the Indiana High School...

Evansville Mater Dei wins Class 2A rematch with Andrean

by | Nov 26, 2022 | Football Blogs,Headlines,RRSN News | 0 Comments

by Mike Beas, Special to IHSAA.org The last text message Mike Goebel responded to prior to the start of the Class 2A state championship game Friday morning was...

MATT’S MATCHUPS – 2022 FOOTBALL – STATE FINALS

by | Nov 25, 2022 | Football Blogs,Headlines,RRSN News | 0 Comments

My hopes of remaining over 80 percent for the season took a big hit as I went 5-7 (42 percent) last week. Heading into the final weekend, my overall mark is 181-48,...