Asst. Director: Ryan Sheehan

Ryan Sheehan just finished his third year on the Engineer coaching staff, and first as the full time assistant coach, in 2017-2018.

WPI has sported an overall record of 53-26 (.698) and an 26-14 ledger (.65) in the ultra-competitive NEWMAC, to go along with an NCAA Division III Championship at-large berth in 2016, since Sheehan arrived on Boynton Hill.

In a standout four-year career at Nichols, Sheehan set the all-time standard for points (2,106), games played (106), free throw attempts (597) and free throws made (497). He also recorded the most free throw attempts (193) and free throws made (158), as well as a program-tying 12-for-12 performance at the charity stripe at Amherst in his senior campaign. In all, his name appears a total of 46 times in the Bison record book.

The 2014 Jostens Trophy finalist was a four year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee where he served as treasurer and later president. He was also a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District I honoree (2012, 2013, 2014), CoSIDA Academic All-America first teamer as a junior and second teamer as a senior. Sheehan was named Nichols College Male Athlete of the Year four times (2010-2014).

Sheehan was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year for the 2013-14 campaign.

Coach Ryan Sheehan

Coach Chris Bartley

Founder & Director: Chris Bartley



NEWMAC Coach of the Year 2003-04, 2004-05, 2007-08, 2010-11 and 2012-13

The winningest coach in WPI history, Bartley has built WPI into one of the top NCAA Division III programs in the country.  He has led the program to 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, nine NEWMAC regular season championships, three NEWMAC conference tournament championships (2005, 2006 & 2013) and an ECAC championship (2012). 

He took over the program in 2001 after WPI had lost 27 consecutive games, and in just his third season led WPI to a 20-win season and the schools first NEWMAC regular season title.  WPI would go on to win 20 or more games for the next thirteen seasons consecutively--a remarkable display of consistency.  Coach Bartley owns a 300-83 (.783) overall record in the last 14 seasons, including a remarkable 138-38 (.784) in NEWMAC play.  He has an overall mark of 312-121. 

In addition to his five NEWMAC Coach of the Year selections, Bartley was named the Glenn Robinson National Coach of the Year in 2013 when he led the program to a record 22 consecutive victories, NEWMAC regular season and NEWMAC tournament championships.  WPI has been a fixture in the top 25 national rankings by including as high as No. 2 in 2013 and No. 3 in 2014.  The Crimson and Gray won NCAA Tournament contests in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2013.

Coach Bartley has developed some of the top performers in WPI and NEWMAC history.  Ryan Cain won the prestigious Jostens Award in 2007 as the top Division III student-athlete in men’s basketball nationally.  Cain also garnered All-American and All-New England accolades and was the NEWMAC Player of the Year in 2005 and 2007 and Rookie of the Year in 2004. He is the school’s all-time leading scorer.  Other NEWMAC Players of the Year include Mike Prestileo in 2004, Antoine Coleman in 2008 and Jeff Robinson in 2011.  Coleman and Robinson were All-American selections along with 2015 graduate Sam Longwell who is the 4th all-time scorer on the hill.  Matt Carr was named an Academic All-America selection in 2011 and 2012 (first team).

Constructing quality programs has been a trademark for Bartley as all three colleges he has coached earned the Most Improved Team in New England Award from the New England Basketball Coaches Association within three years of his arrival (WPI 2004, Babson 2000 and Wentworth 1996).  Previous to WPI, he played a major role in building programs at Babson and Wentworth.  As the top assistant at both schools he helped lead them to NCAA and ECAC post-season tournament berths. 

Bartley and his program are involved in numerous community service projects including a long-time partnership with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization of Central Massachusetts.  In April of 2008, Bartley received the Denise Nicoletti Trustees’ Award for Service to Community during the university’s annual Honors Convocation.  Established in 2003, it is presented to a member of the faculty or staff in recognition of passion and action in serving the needs of community in Professor Nicoletti’s honor.  In 2005 Coach Bartley and his team were honored with the Edwin B. Coghlin ’23 Award for Community Service by WPI.