| Assistant coach|
| April 28, 1986 (age 29)
Medina, Minnesota (1986-04-28) |
Wayzata (Plymouth, Minnesota)
Washington Wizards (asst.)
Minnesota Timberwolves (Assistant Coach)
Flip Saunders, Debbie Saunders
Mindy Saunders, Rachel Saunders, Kimberly Saunders
Walter Saunders, Kay Saunders
Flip Saunders, Terrell Brandon, Shabazz Muhammad, Adreian Payne, Tyus Jones
Ryan Saunders Wikipedia
Ryan Philip Saunders (born April 28, 1986) is an American basketball former player and coach. He is currently an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is known for his work in player development while with the Wizards staff.
Born in Medina, Minnesota, Saunders graduated from Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota in 2004.
A walk-on, Saunders played basketball at the University of Minnesota from 2004 to 2008 as a guard. He played only 20 games in his first two seasons in a backup role. Saunders redshirted the 2006–07 season due to a wrist injury and did not play any games in the 2007–08 season. Saunders graduated from Minnesota in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in sport management.
After he achieved his bachelor's degree and finished playing college basketball, Saunders was a graduate manager under Tubby Smith in the 2008–09 season while pursuing a master's degree in applied kinesiology.
In 2009, he became an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. During his time at University of Minnesota, he was responsible for handling the academic and social improvements of players.
Since 2014, he has been an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
When Saunders was born, his father Flip Saunders was an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota. Ryan Saunders grew up in Wisconsin and South Dakota, as Flip later worked as head coach for CBA teams in those states, the Rapid City Thrillers (1988–1989), La Crosse Catbirds (1989–1994), and Sioux Falls Skyforce (1994–1995). In 1995, the Saunders family returned to the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area, as Flip Saunders became head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, a position he would maintain for the rest of Ryan's childhood.
Saunders has taken part in multiple basketball camps for the youth and charitable organizations in Minnesota.