Ryan Nowicki
Ryan Nowicki
Title: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach / Director of Intramurals
Phone: (812) 866-7384
Email: nowicki@hanover.edu
Education: Hanover College (2013) Indiana Univ. McKinney School of Law (2016)

Former Panther standout, Ryan Nowicki, returns for his fifth season on the Hanover men’s basketball coaching staff in 2020-21.

His first season on the Panther coaching staff was a memorable one, as Nowicki helped guide the team to one of its best overall records, post-World War II, at 26-4. The Panthers also added a 16-2 mark in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play en route to the league’s regular season and tournament championships.

The 2016-17 Hanover men’s basketball team also earned a trip to the NCAA Division III National Tournament, where they made their deepest run in program history, advancing to the Elite Eight.

Three players received all-conference recognition, including Wes McKinney who was named the HCAC Player of the Year, while also garnering D3Hoops.com fourth team All-American and CoSIDA second team academic All-American honors.

Following his initial collegiate coaching campaign, Nowicki assisted in Hanover's second consecutive HCAC regular season and tournament championship, as well as another appearance in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. The Panthers, who were 22-7 overall, 14-4 in the HCAC, had three players earn all-conference honors, including Cam Fails, who like McKinney in 2016-17, was named HCAC Player of the Year and a D3hoops.com All-American. McKinney was also a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2017-18 and was a finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, which highlights a select number of men's and women's basketball players for their performance on the court and in the classroom. 

In his four years at Hanover, the Blue and Red posted a 86-27 overall record and a 55-17 mark in conference action. 

Nowicki, a four-year starter and three-time captain, helped guide the Panthers to an overall record of 68-36 from 2009-2013. The team also went 52-14 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, recording the most wins through a four-year span in the HCAC in program history.

The three-time all-HCAC performer scored more than 1,000 points in his career and was named the 2013 Hanover College Male Senior Athlete of the Year.

Nowicki’s coaching experience includes spending the 2015-16 season as a recruiting representative for the men’s basketball team at Hanover.

The former player was also the assistant freshman boys’ basketball coach at his alma mater, Guerin Catholic High School, from 2013-2015. During the 2015-16 season, Nowicki was named the head coach of the freshmen team at Guerin Catholic.

Nowicki has also worked as a college summer camp counselor at five different NCAA Division I institutions including Wisconsin, Iowa State, Creighton, East Carolina and Butler. He was a camp counselor at Hanover from 2009-2014.

Nowicki graduated from Hanover in 2013 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and communications. He went on to graduate cum laude from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in May of 2016.