Coach Ryan Spadaford began his basketball career at South Side High School where he was a 3 year starter and a 2 year captain. He lead the team to a Nassau County Championship title and received All County 2x and an All Long Island selection his senior year. After high school, Spadaford received a Division 1 basketball scholarship to the US Naval Academy. When suffering an injury after his Freshman year, he decided to transfer to Tufts University. As a Jumbo he was a 2 year starter and captain who played a large part in helping them advance to their 1st ever NCAA Elite 8 appearance.