TORONTO, Ont. - Ryerson University announced today that Roy Rana, head coach of the Rams men's basketball team, will be taking a sabbatical for the 2015-16 season.
In his absence, lead assistant coach Patrick Tatham will take over as the interim head coach for the Rams effective immediately.
While on sabbatical, Rana will spend more time with his family, while also continuing his professional development by working with professional teams and basketball organizations around the world.
"I am grateful to our team, staff and department in understanding and supporting my need to take time to concentrate on my family, re-energize and continue growing as a coach and person," said Rana. "I'm very proud of the strong, positive culture we've built in our program and know we have the right leadership and character in our players and coaches to keep us operating at the highest level this upcoming season."
Rana joined Ryerson in 2009 and has turned the program into one of the best in the country. Each year since joining the Rams, Rana has increased Ryerson's win total including this past season when the team tied the program record for most wins in a season with 17 (17-2). The Rams also won Ryerson's first-ever medal at a CIS national championship by capturing bronze at the 2015 Final 8.
"Ryerson University recognizes the significant contributions Roy has made to the men's basketball program," said Stephanie White, Associate Athletic Director at Ryerson. "He has changed the team culture and elevated the program onto the national scene. We are pleased to support Roy in his sabbatical and are excited that Patrick Tatham will serve as interim coach."
Tatham has served as an assistant coach with the Rams for the past four seasons, helping the team to two Final 8 appearances. In the summer of 2013, he assumed head coaching duties of the Rams during their international trip to China.
Prior to Ryerson, Tatham was head coach for one season with Stoneridge Preparatory School in Simi Valley, California. He also served as manager with Team Canada at the 2013 Universiade Games in Russia and the Canadian Junior Men's National Team at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Brazil.
"We believe Patrick is prepared to take on the leadership of our program and provide a smooth transition as the Rams prepare for another successful season," said White.
Tatham spent three seasons playing basketball overseas in Switzerland, Syria, Qatar and Germany following his collegiate career at Cleveland State University where he earned a B.A. in Communications. He was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team from 2002-2004, and was named Mr. Basketball Canada in 2002.
The Rams will open the 2015-16 OUA season on November 4 when they host the Toronto Varsity Blues at Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Source: Ryerson Rams