St. Mary’s Ryken announced two hires in its athletic department Friday as Joe Wysokinski was named the new athletic director and Patrick Behan took over as head boys’ basketball coach. The two men will replace Dave Tallman, who served as both athletic director and boys’ basketball coach for the last four years before stepping down in May to become the head basketball coach at Morgantown High in West Virginia.
Wysokinski is a familiar name at Ryken, where he served last year as an assistant football coach and athletic trainer. He also previously worked as a teacher and football coach at Patuxent.
“I’m looking forward to working with our students, administration, parents and staff of St. Mary’s Ryken,” Wysokinski said in the school press release. “My goal is to ensure that student-athletes make the most of their time here and to have the best experience possible.”
A sense of familiarity also exists with Behan, who spent the past two seasons coaching against the Knights in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference as an assistant for the St. John’s boys’ basketball team. Behan also coaches with Team Takeover on the AAU circuit, where he built a relationship with rising senior Donte Etheridge, who averaged a team-high 16.5 points for the Knights last season. The guard, along with rising senior swingman and Penn State commit Deividas Zemgulis, will join eight other returning players in helping Behan and the Knights build on last season’s 18-14 campaign.
“Having the chance to lead a program and conference with such great tradition was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” said Behan, who met with his new team on Wednesday. “Dave did a great job in his time here, and I’m going to do my best to set the tone early and establish a culture of continued success for the basketball program.”