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To say Ryan Cain played a large role in the transformation of the men’s basketball at WPI might be an understatement. Consider the fact that in the six years prior to his arrival, the Engineers had only won a total of 20 games. During Cain’s four years on Boynton Hill, WPI averaged over 22 victories a season.
Cain, two-time NEWMAC Player of the Year, racked up a number of laurels - none more impressive than the 2007 Jostens Trophy for being the top men’s basketball student-athlete in the nation based on basketball ability, academic performance, and community service.
In addition to the program’s ECAC New England invitation in his inaugural season in which he garnered NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honors, Cain helped the Crimson and Gray to a trio of NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball championship appearances.
As a team, WPI won at least 20 games each year Cain was on Boynton Hill, including a 24-4 ledger in his sophomore season en route to the program’s appearance in the Sweet 16. The Engineers cracked the national rankings that season and were as high as ninth during his junior campaign. For a program with just one 20-win season in the 100-plus years prior, WPI eclipsed the 20-win mark all four of his seasons.
“Ryan is the epitome of the “self-made” player,” says head coach Chris Bartley. “He worked tirelessly onimproving himself and squeezed out every ounce ofability to become Hall of Fame worthy. Our program has benefited tremendously by Ryan Cain’s setting atone for how hard we need to play to be successful.”
The Webster native paced the NEWMAC with 19.5points per game in his second year wearing Crimson and Gray and repeated the average in his senior campaign. As a junior, Cain posted an eye-popping 91.4 percent free-throw percentage, which was good for fifth among all Division III men’s basketball student-athletes.
Cain continues to hold the program record with 1,813 points. He capped his career with the Poly Club’s Melvin G. Massucco Award, presented to the male senior athlete on his achievements, contributions, character, leadership, sportsmanship, and promotion of school spirit during his years at WPI.
“He left WPI as the NEWMAC Player of the Year, Jostens National Player of the Year, and our all-time leading scorer,” continued Bartley. “Yet, he has never really left WPI — he has been a key fixture on our coaching staff since he graduated, showing his neverending passion for this institution. Since Ryan began his affiliation with our program as a freshman in 2003, we have won 20+ games for the past ten years, including eight NEWMAC Regular Season Championships, seven NCAA Tournament appearances, and three NEWMAC Tournament titles. I don’t believe that to be a coincidence. Ryan Cain is both a worker and a winner.”
Ryan has remained connected to the WPI basketbal lprogram, entering his fifth year as an assistant coach on Bartley’s staff. Since graduation he has worked at Tata & Howard in Marlborough, Mass., as a water and wastewater consultant. The Southboro resident is currently a project engineer and has earned his Professional Engineering license.
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