Ryan Wall has completed his second year as head coach for the OLLU men's basketball team. In July 2012, he was named assistant coach, and last season, he took over as interim head coach for the Saints. In May 2014, he officially became the head coach.
The Saints completed their sixth season with a 25-6 overall and 17-3 Red River Athletic Conference record. After finishing the regular season as the conference co-champs, the Saints went on to the tournament championship, where they lost to LSU-Alexandria in overtime 76-75. OLLU earned a spot in the NAIA DI Men's Basketball National Championship Tournament -- their second trip to nationals. In 2012, the men made it to the Sweet 16 round, where they also finished this season. They defeated Columbia College in the first round 74-68 and lost to Talladega College 79-70.
Through the end of the 2014-2015 season, the Saints earned No. 1 rankings in steals/game (14.032), turnover margin (6.677) and total steals (435); top 5 rankings in assists/game (17.581), scoring offense/game (87.516) and total assists (545); top 10 rankings in scoring margin (13.774) and offensive rebounds/game (14.484); and top 20 rankings in total scoring offense (2713), total rebounds/game (40.613), total rebound margin (4.097), total blocks (113), field goal pct. (.467) and total rebound offense (1259).
This past season, Wall's players received numerous awards and recognition, including: De'Quentin Greer -- All-Conference First Team, All Tournament; Daniel Skinner -- All-Conference First Team, All-Tournament, NAIA All-American Honorable Mention; and Christian Wood-Dvorak -- Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete, NAIA Champions of Character.
The Saints finished the 2013-2014 season under Wall with an overall record of 21-11 and 14-4 in the Red River Athletic Conference. They ended their season in the semifinals round of the conference tournament. Wall led the team to the following accomplishments: First in the NAIA in scoring offense/game (100.125), 3-pointers/game (13.031), assists/game (19.781), offensive rebounds/game (17), steals/game (14.406), total 3-pointers made (417), turnover margin (9.844) and total steals (461); Second in the NAIA in total assists (633); Third in the NAIA in total scoring offense (3204); Sixth in the NAIA in assist/turnover ratio (1.292); and Eighth in the NAIA in scoring margin (13.594).
Under Wall, his 2013-2014 player Xavier Roberson led the NAIA in total scoring (803), points/game (25.1) -- the most in Saints history, 3-pointers/game (4.750) and total 3-pointers (152). Marcus Thompson led the NAIA in steals/game (4.094) and total steals. He was third in total assists (201), fourth in assists/game (6.281) and in assist/turnover ratio (3.190). And, De'Quentin Greer ranked third in the NAIA in field goal percentage (.605).
Five of Wall's players -- Xavier Roberson, Marcus Thompson, De’Quentin Greer, Brock Hunter and Christian Wood-Dvorak -- received All-Conference honors, while two -- Roberson and Wood-Dvorak -- received All-Tournament honors. Thompson broke the NAIA record for most steals in a game with 15. He was named Conference Defensive Player of the Year, while Roberson was named Co-Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in the Red River Conference. Five of his players received Conference Scholar awards, as well.
In addition, Roberson received NAIA All-American Second Team honors and was runner-up in the NAIA's inaugural 3-Point Contest. He also played for the winning NAIA All-Star Team.
Wall came to OLLU from Ranger College, where he was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Under head coach, Larry Brown, Ranger College won the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference in 2012 – the first time in more than 40 years.
Prior to Ranger, Wall was the graduate assistant for the University of South Alabama men's basketball team. While here, he mentored future OLLU standout Roberson, who became only the second Saint to earn NAIA All-American honors. Roberson became the Saints' all-time leading scorer and was the runner-up in the NAIA's 3-Point Shooting Contest and a member of the winning inaugural all-star team.
In high school, Wall played on the Coppell varsity team for four years -- the team lost just one district game in those four years. He received the following honors: District 6-5A All-State Basketball (two years), District 6-5A All District Basketball (four years), District 6-5A All District MVP (three years), District 6-5A Basketball Champions (four years) and McDonalds Pre-Season All American Basketball (2003). Wall spent two years at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he played on the Mountain West Conference Championship Team. The team lost to Villanova in the first round of the NCAA tournament during his sophomore year.
Wall received a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in education administration from Texas Christian University. While at TCU, Wall was a standout point guard on the Horned Frogs squad. He led the team in steals and in free throw percentage. He also excelled in academics and was named to the All-Mountain West Conference Academics Team.
Wall is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. Early in July 2014, Wall married Krysti Waller.
Robert Ford begins his first season as the Our Lady of the Lake University Men's Basketball assistant coach. Ford joins the coaching staff after spending one season as assistant coach at Paris Junior College (PJC).
He helped guide PJC to a NJCAA Region XIV Tournament appearance for the 16th consecutive season.
Prior to PJC, Ford was an assistant coach for the Neosho County Community College (NCCC) in Chanute, Kansas, where he helped guide the team to a 21-11 overall record in 2013-2014. The Panthers reached the NJCAA Region VI Tournament second round for the first time in eight years.
Ford also spent two seasons at NCAA Division II Texas A&M University-Commerce reaching the Lone Star Conference tournament in both seasons.
Ford began his coaching career at the high school level at Grand Rapids Christian High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as an assistant for the boys’ varsity basketball team. He also served as the head coach for the junior varsity team.
As a player, Ford played for NCAA Division I Easter Michigan University (EMU) from 2005-2007 before transferring to the University of South Alabama (USA) for his final two seasons. Ford was the starting guard for USA in 2007 in which the team set a school record of 26 wins in a season on its way to a Sun Belt Conference regular season championship and an at large bid to the NCAA Division I Tournament.
As a starting guard, Ford shot 35 percent from 3-point range and 83 percent from the free-throw line.
Ford earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from EMU and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration.
William Eric Bell joined the staff of Our Lady of the Lake University's men's basketball team in 2010 as graduate assistant while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in New Media Arts at OLLU. He has an Associate of Applied Sciences in Computer Animation from the Art Institute of Houston and a Bachelor of Arts from Thomas Edison State College.
His previous coaching experience includes three years as head coach at the AMBLP-Austin Chapter; one year as head coach for semi-pro SBL/XBL's R.R. Roughriders/Austin Cyclones; three years as athletic director and head coach for Shoreline Christian Center (boy's basketball and football); two years as vice president and head coach of junior high and high school boys, AAU CTX Heat; one year as an assistant with Summit Christian Academy; and three years as assistant coach with Huston-Tillotson University. His overall coaching record is 384-167.
Bell's teams have won three championships -- AMBLP; two junior high and one second place championships -- SCC; four tournament and two second place championships -- AAU CTX; and district and area champions -- SCA.
As an assistant at HTU he coached several NAIA All-Americans and All-Conference players. He also helped multiple players continue their careers in the NBA Development League as well as other international leagues.
Since coming to OLLU, Bell has been a part of the Saints' success including two Red River Athletic Conference Championships and two NAIA National Tournament Sweet 16 appearances. During this time, OLLU has become one of the top basketball programs in the NAIA and the RRAC in many categories including: scoring, steals, assists, forced turnovers, and offensive rebounds. He has also helped Saints players become NAIA and RRAC leading scorers, leaders in assists and steals. Several players have been named NAIA All-Americans and to the All-Conference teams.
Bell has always been a part of winning programs across Texas and helping young men continue their education while playing basketball at a high level.
Bell is a native of San Antonio where he attended L.B. Johnson Elementary School, three miles from OLLU. He later moved to Austin and played on the varsity basketball team of McCallum High School. He played one year in college and one year in SBL/XBL.
Bell now lives in Pflugerville, Texas. He and his wife Kimberley are parents to 23-year-old Kourtney, 21-year-old Gary, 12-year-old Kimani and 8-year-old Kingston Jacob.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click here: www.championsofcharacter.org.
Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant