Ryan McAdams is in his seventh year as head coach of the Gila Monsters, who are coming off three straight seasons that ended with national tournament berths. EAC averaged 25 wins over those three campaigns..
The 2015-16 season saw the Monsters (25-9 overall) win the Region I championship and make the second round of the national tournament, both program firsts. They finished the season ranked number 21 in the country.
In their 2014-15 campaign, EAC was nationally ranked all 12 weeks of the poll and reached as high as number 5. They tallied 27 total wins and 20 conference wins, good for Co-ACCAC Champions. They were Region I runner-up and picked up three wins over Top 20 nationally-ranked teams.
In 2013-14, the Gila Monsters made the program's first trip to the national tournament after being Region I runner-up. They finished with a 23-9 overall record that season.
Academics continue to be a priority for the coaching staff. In six years at the helm, McAdams has seen EAC named Runner-up NJCAA Academic Team of the Year for the second-highest team GPA out of 181 schools two times. One hundred percent of two-year players have transferred to four-year schools.
He also successfully placed all 19 sophomore graduates at four-year schools, including four NCAA Division I signees and five that signed at NCAA Division II schools.
The Monsters have had three All-Americans, 11 All-Region I, and 11 All-ACCAC players during McAdams tenure. Five players were also invited to the NJCAA All-Star Weekend in Niceville, FL, an event for the Top 40 junior college players in the country to showcase their talents on a national stage. They were Amara Wainwright (2012), Shaunice Robinson (2013), Chukwuma Chiamaka (2014), and Akia Frett (2015), and Tania Pierre-Emile (2016).
McAdams crossed over to the women's game after eight years as a men's assistant, his final two at EAC under current men's coach Maurice Leitzke. While on Leitzke's staff, the Gila Monsters were named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year and advanced to the Region I semifinal in 2009. During McAdams' two years on staff, EAC sent three players to NCAA Division I programs and three to NCAA Division IIs.
Before coming to EAC, McAdams spent two seasons under Leitzke at Cameron University, an NCAA DII in Lawton, Oklahoma. While there, the Aggies achieved a cumulative team GPA of over 3.0 and won 11 games against NCAA DII opponents, the most for a single season in school history. In 2005-06, they defeated four Top 25 teams for the first time in school history.
Prior to his stint at Cameron, McAdams spent four years on the Central Coast in San Luis Obispo, California – one under Rusty Blair at Cuesta Community College followed by three as a volunteer assistant under Kevin Bromley at Cal Poly.
McAdams is a native of the Bay Area in Northern California. He received a bachelors degree (Journalism, 2004) and a Masters degree (Educational Leadership and Administration, 2006) from Cal Poly University.
He and his wife Stacy have three children, daughters Rylee and Ellie, and son Caden.
¬Koby Alva is going into his fifth season as a part of the Eastern Arizona College women's basketball program. Prior to moving up to assistant coach in August of 2015, he was a contributing member on the scout team and also helped keep statistics at home games
Alva is a native of Thatcher, Arizona and was a standout player at Thatcher High School. He was a three-year varsity basketball starter and helped contribute to making back to back State Championship Game appearances.
Alva is an EAC alumnus. He also graduated with honors from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He is currently working on his Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix.
Ronjé James joined the Eastern Arizona Women's Basketball coaching staff in August of 2016 after graduating from Frostburg State University with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science.
During James' playing career, she earned Most Valuable Player, Female Athlete of the Year, ECAC Player of the Week, CAC Player of the Week, and scored more than 1000 points. She tied the school record with 44 points in a single game. During her junior campaign, she ranked No. 1 in the conference for scoring No. 7 in the nation in scoring and No. 3 in the nation for steals per game.
James spent the 2015-2016 year as a student assistant for Frostburg State.
She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland.