Roy Rana became the 11th head coach in Ryerson men's basketball history when he was hired on August 14, 2009.
Rana returned to the program for the 2016-17 season after being on sabbatical in 2015-16. In his return, the Rams continued to build upon their recent successes, defending their OUA championsip by defeating the Carleton Ravens dynasty in Ottawa, just their first OUA loss all season. They went on to earn their first berth in the national championship final and took home the first U SPORTS silver medal in program history and just the second U SPORTS silver medal in Ryerson Athletics history.
Over the first six years as head coach, Rana has increased Ryerson's win total each year. At the end of the 2014-15 season, Rana stands with 82 career regular season victories with the Rams and in his CIS career.
The 2014-15 season was then the most successful in Ryerson basketball history. The Rams tied the program record for wins in a season with 17 (17-2 record) and finished third at the CIS Final 8, recording Ryerson's first medal at a national championship in any sport.
In 2013-14, Rana and the Rams started the season as the No. 4 ranking in the CIS and stayed there for portions of the season. Ryerson finished the regular season with a 16-6 record and were eliminated in the OUA East quarterfinals.
In 2012-13 the Rams finished tied for second in the east after a 15-5 season which saw Ryerson return to the national rankings for the first time since November, 2000. The Rams peaked at No. 6 in the country.
In just his third season with Ryerson, Rana led the Rams to their first CIS Final 8 appearance since 1998-99. Rana guided the squad to a 13-9 record and second-place in the OUA East for the first time in over a decade. After an improbable upset of then No. 2 nationally-ranked Lakehead in the OUA semifinals and a conference silver medal, Rana coached Ryerson to its first-ever win at a national championship in Halifax, where the Rams went 1-2 including an 84-80 win over Concordia.
In 2010-11, Rana led Ryerson to the OUA quarter-finals after finishing the regular season in fourth place in the OUA East division. The Rams recorded their first playoff victory since 2003 with a win over the visiting York Lions in the opening round.
In the spring of 2010, Rana introduced his first recruiting class, which was regarded by many as arguably the best in the country. The group included first team OUA East all-star and East all-rookie team selection Jahmal Jones as well as East all-rookie team selection Jordon Gauthier.
Rana joined Ryerson after nine years at Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute in Toronto, where he led the Saints to four OFSAA provincial championships. He also has extensive experience coaching with Canada Basketball.
Rana coached the U18 Canadian men's national team to a silver medal at the 2016 FIBA Americas Championship in Valdivia, Chile, which qualified the team for the 2017 FIBA U19 Men's World Championship.
In 2015 Rana led the Canadian junior men's national team to a fifth place finish at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Greece, marking the best ever finish for the Canadians in the age division. Rana also returned as the head coach of the World Selects Team at the Nike Hoop Summit for the fifth year. Also that summer Rana made his second appearance in the NBA Summer League as a guest coach with the San Antonio Spurs.
In the summer of 2014 Rana guided the Canadian men's junior national team to a silver medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Just a few weeks later, it was announced that Rana would be joining the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Utah Jazz as a guest coach during the NBA Summer League.
In June of 2012, Rana added his fourth bronze medal in as many international head coaching appearances by leading the Canadian Junior Men's National Team (JMNT) to third place at the FIBA Americas U18 Championships for Men. With their placement, the JMNT also clinched a berth in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Rana then guided Team Canada to a silver medal at the 2012 Nike Global Challenge, which took place from July 13-15. He also helped the World Select Team snap their two-year drought at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit, guiding the global juniors to an 84-75 triumph against the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Select Team.
Rana was the Head Coach of the Canadian Cadets National Team in 2009 and 2010. In the summer of 2009, the CMNT qualified for its first ever World Championship. In 2010, Rana coached the squad to an impressive bronze medal finish at World's. He also served as an assistant coach with the 2009 Senior Men's National Team which also qualified for the World Championship.
He then went on to once again lead the Canadian Cadets National Team at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, where they captured a bronze medal and clinched a berth in the 2012 U17 World Championship.
In addition to his coaching success at the international level, Rana has experienced a historic career as one of Canada's most successful high school coaches. In his nine year tenure as the Head Coach and program director at Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute, the program set numerous records. Eastern Commerce became the first team in history to win four consecutive Ontario Championships.
With Rana at the helm at Eastern, the team finished six of his nine seasons as the No. 1 ranked team in Canada. During that time period, Eastern's record was 256-39 with an incredible .867 winning percentage.
As the Head Coach of Ontario's U17 Provincial Team, Rana led the team to the 2004 and 2005 National Championship, as well as Ontario's first ever Canada Summer Games Gold Medal in 2005.
Rana has received many Coaching accolades including the 2003, 2004, 2006 Canadian High School Coach of the Year and the 2003 Toronto Sun High School Coach of the Year. He was also awarded the 2009 High School Coach of the Year in Canada Award.
· Junior Men's National Team assistant coach, 2006, helped Canada qualify for first Junior World Championship
· Senior Men's “B” Team head coach, 2006
· Cadet Men's National Team, head coach, 2009, helped Canada qualify for first World Championship
· Senior Men's National Team, assistant coach, 2009, helped Canada qualify for World Championship
· Cadet Men's National Team, head coach, 2010, helped Canada win bronze at World Championship
· World Selects Team, head coach, 2011
· World Selects Team, head coach, 2012, led Team World to Nike Hoop Summit title
· Junior Men's National Team, head coach, 2012, led Canada to third place finish at FIBA Americas U18 Championships for Men and qualify for 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship
· World Selects Team, head coach, 2013, led Team World to back-to-back Nike Hoop Summit title
· Junior Men's National Team, head coach, 2013, led Canada to sixth place finish at 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship
· Junior Men's National Team, head coach, 2014, led Canada to a silver medal at the 2014 FIBA U18 World Championship
· World Selects Team, head coach, 2014
· Junior Men's National Team, head coach, 2015, led Canada to fifth place finish at 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship (best ever finish in age category)
· World Selects Team, head coach, 2015
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