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Coaching Staff

Ryan Johnson
Assistant Coach

Ryan Johnson enters his fifth season with Idaho State. Johnson’s primary responsibilities include being the recruiting coordinator,  the post/forward development coach and also assisting in opponent game scouting and game preparation. 

Johnson also leads the Bengals in their international recruiting efforts, a major aspect of Bengal women's basketball. The Bengals have had multiple international players on their roster since his arrival, including players from Australia, Croatia, France, New Zealand and Spain. 

Prior to ISU, Johnson was a longtime assistant at Northern Colorado spending 8 years with the Bears.  Johnson spent time as the academic monitor, seeing the Bears finish four times in the top 25 among Division I programs in GPA. He was also in charge of guard and forward development, recruitment, film exchange, camp facilitation and more.

In his time at UNC, the Bears won the regular-season Big Sky title in 2010-11 and played in the Big Sky title game in 2012 and 2013.  The Bears went to 3 different postseason tournaments, including getting to the second round of the WNIT in 2011-12.

During his tenure in the Big Sky, Johnson has recruited multiple standouts including a Big Sky Conference MVP,  first team, second team and honorable mention student-athletes.

Before his time at Northern Colorado he was the graduate assistant at Utah State for the 2005-06 season. In 2004-05 he worked as the Director of Basketball Operations at Colorado State.

He also worked as both a head and assistant coach for the Netscouts USA All Stars team in international competitions in 2012 and 2013. He led the US team against teams from China, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil.

 

Bryanna Mueller
Assistant Coach

Bryanna Mueller was hired as an assistant coach for the Idaho State women’s basketball program on July 21, 2016. Now in her third season, Mueller assists with guard development, basketball operations, student-athlete academic progress, recruiting and scouting and game preparation.

Mueller has been a part of two very successful Idaho State teams. In the 2017-18 season, the Bengals finished 21-11 and Mueller’s work with the guards was validated in several ways. Brooke Blair was named Second Team All-Big Sky while sophomore Estefania Ors gathered Top Reserve honors. After lifting the Bengals to the semifinals of the conference tournament, Saylair Grandon was named to the all-tournament team.

Mueller was present at the 2018 NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four to accept the fifth annual NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Most Improved Field Goal Shooting Award. The Bengals shot 45.8 percent from the floor in 2017-18, up 7.66 percent from the previous year.

Mueller helped the 2016-17 Bengals post the program’s highest win total since the 2011-12 championship season with a 19-14 record. Sophomore guard Saylair Grandon was named Third Team All-Big Sky, freshman guard Estefania Ors was named Freshman of the Year and Idaho State advanced to the championship game of conference tournament for the second-consecutive year.  

In her first season overseeing student-athlete academic progress, ISU women’s basketball set a program record with eight student-athletes earning Big Sky All-Academic honors; four were freshmen attending their first year of college. The following year, Idaho State landed five members on the all-academic team.

Mueller arrived at Idaho State after working as a graduate assistant for the Arizona State women’s basketball program under Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne. During her time with the Sun Devils, Mueller acted as video coordinator and also assisted with basketball operations, scouting reports and summer camps. In addition, Mueller was in charge of organizing and scheduling scout team players and student managers.

Prior to her time with Arizona State, Mueller played basketball at Drake for two seasons. Before becoming a member of the squad, Mueller was the Bulldogs student manager where she assisted the director of operations with all aspects of team travel in addition to operating Drake’s game film software, SportsCode Gamebreaker.

Mueller transferred to Drake after completing two full basketball seasons at the United States Air Force Academy, one with the Air Force Academy Prep school and one with the Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colo. During her time at the Academy, Mueller acted as Bravo Squadron First Sergeant where she led and supervised 85 cadet candidates.

 

D'Shara Strange
Assistant Coach

D'Shara Strange was hired as an Idaho State assistant coach on June 28, 2018.

Strange was hired as an assistant coach at Montana Tech in 2016. She coached at Montana Tech until she was hired at ISU.

At Montana Tech she oversaw travel, academics, camps and clinics, community outreach and played an important role in the teams recruiting.

Strange made an immediate impact at Montana Tech. Prior to her arrival the team had gone 12-19 and 9-21. Once she arrived the record improved to 16-15 and 14-16 the next two years. She coached two all-conference and All-American honorable mention guards.

Strange is quite familiar with the Big Sky Conference as she was a standout-out player at Northern Colorado from 2011-15. While at Northern Colorado, Strange was the Big Sky Freshman of the Year, the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year twice, Co-Big Sky MVP while also earning honorable mention all-conference and first-team all-league three times. Strange also earned Big Sky Player of the Week honors 13 times.

Strange's success at Northern Colorado allowed her to earn the 2016 Colorado Sportswoman of the Year award.

Strange set the all-time scoring (1,891) and rebound (1,039) marks for the Bears and she also set the single-season record for steals (104) and rebounds (314). She is also the Big Sky Conference all-time leader in steals.

She earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a master's degree in sports administration in 2015. Strange played professional basketball in Hungary and Germany and she represented the United States  in an international tournament in China.