From junior college to the NBA, Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball assistant Jay Cyriac brings a wealth of basketball knowledge to the Blue Dragon bench.
In his ninth season with the Blue Dragons, the first eight seasons have been very productive. HutchCC has won 233 total games, two Jayhawk Conference championships, two Region VI championships and five appearances in the NJCAA Tournament. The Blue Dragons advanced to the NJCAA Tournament quarterfinals in 2015, all the way to the 2016 NJCAA Tournament championship game and won the 2017 NJCAA National Championship.
Cyriac has helped bring two NJCAA and NABC National Players of the Year to the Blue Dragons – Kadeem Allen (2012-14) and Shakur Juiston (2015-17). Under Cyriac’s watch, the Blue Dragons have produced six Jayhawk Conference Most Valuable Players, one league Defensive Player of the Year, two Freshmen of the Year and eight NJCAA All-Americans.
Cyriac came to Hutchinson after serving as an assistant coach for one season at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kan., in 2010-11.
Known as a top-notch recruiter, the New Jersey native has coached at the junior college and NCAA Division I levels and served as a scout for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.
Cyriac started his coaching career as an assistant at NJCAA basketball perennial power College of Southern Idaho, spending four seasons with the Golden Eagles from 1999 to 2003. During his tenure in Twin Falls, Idaho, CSI averaged 27 wins per season in Cyriac’s tenure.
After leaving Southern Idaho, Cyriac worked for one season as a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2003-04 season. His scouting tasks for the Sixers were to evaluate and scout high school and junior college prospects around the country.
One year later, Cyriac returned to coaching in the college ranks when he took a student assistant’s position and an assistant to the Athletic Director at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala. Cyriac oversaw everything from coaching to game operations at all South Alabama athletic contests. He also supervised special projected that were assigned by the South Alabama athletic director.
In late January of 2009 Cyriac switched his attention away from the hardwood when he worked as a media relations assistant for the Senior Bowl where he helped arrange player interviews and game-day operations for the yearly classic.
Before taking the job at Seward County in 2010, Cyriac was employed by New York Knicks’ Al Harrington, where he helped the NBA star oversee his business ventures.
Cyriac has coached current NBA players Al Harrington (Denver Nuggets) and Dahntay Jones (Indiana Pacers) and former NBA players Tony Bobbitt (Los Angeles Lakers), Smush Parker (Miami Heat), and Yakhouba Diawarra (Miami Heat).
He was also coached New Jersey Roadrunners AAU from 1992 to 2000.
At Seward County, Cyriac helped guide the Saints to the 2011 Jayhawk West championship and go all the way to the Region VI championship game. He mentored 2011 Jayhawk West player of the year Jeremy Jones. The Saints had the top offensive team in the Jayhawk West averaging almost 86 points per game.
Cyriac earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Human Services) in 2008 from the University of South Alabama in 2008. He is originally from Elizabeth, N.J.