Women's Basketball Staff Gains Video Coordinator In Ryan Vargo
Former Men's Team Manager, Coordinator Joins Jalie Mitchell's Staff
DENTON — The North Texas women’s basketball team has added a new member to its staff, but the addition is a familiar face around the Super Pit. Ryan Vargo - a former student manager with the Mean Green men’s team - will join head coach Jalie Mitchell’s staff as a video coordinator for the 2016-17 season.
In his new role, he will be responsible for all video and analytics, the oversight of film exchange and practice player management, while also having other specific practice and gameday duties.
“Ryan is the perfect addition to our staff,” Mitchell said. “I admired him from afar last year as he did some terrific work with men’s basketball. I believe gaining his expertise was a win-win for both parties. Ryan is extremely smart, his work ethic is second to none and he always has very bright ideas. His work speaks for itself.”
Vargo joins Mitchell’s staff after serving as video coordinator and head student manager for the North Texas men’s basketball team over the last four seasons. While on Tony Benford’s staff, he oversaw all video operations of the team and was an integral part in the scouting of opponents through the evaluation of personnel, set plays and offensive/defensive tendencies. He also oversaw and coordinated the activities for as many as six Mean Green student managers.
In addition to his involvement with North Texas Athletics, Vargo previously worked as a production assistant with Synergy Sports Technology, a company that creates web-based, on-demand basketball analytics for the purposes of scouting and development.
“I’m excited to take a position with the women’s staff for this upcoming season,” Vargo said. “I think we have a great opportunity to have tremendous success that can translate into a championship. I was excited to follow the improvements and accomplishments of the women’s program last season under Coach Mitchell. It’s an honor to be offered a position and I am committed to doing everything in my power to help this program be successful.”
Vargo joins a staff that now includes three North Texas graduates. He graduated from the school in May 2016 with a degree in history and political science. Click here to see a previous story on the trials he has gone through to get to this point.
“Ryan is always thinking ahead and that is exactly what we need to continue showing our pride and commitment to our women’s basketball program,” Mitchell said in closing.
“We will be great because of people like Ryan who bleed green and give their all to make sure the world knows how special this place truly is.”