Meet The Blue Valley North Basketball Coaches

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Ryan Phifer

Head Varsity Coach


Ryan Phifer - Head Coach - (17th Year) Coach Phifer is from North Platte, Nebraska. After high school, he attended Mid-Plains Community College and played basketball for the Knights while earning his Associate of Arts Degree. Next, he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and played basketball for the Huskers from 1996-1998. Coach Phifer received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree and earned a Master’s in Education Degree from the University of Nebraska.

After graduation he taught math and coached multiple sports at Lincoln Southeast High School in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was the boys’ basketball varsity assistant for four seasons and the junior varsity coach for three seasons. He was also the head girls’ golf coach for three seasons.

During his time at Lincoln Southeast High School, the team qualified for the state tournament every season and he was able to coach three players that were named the Player of the Year in Nebraska along with several All-State players.

In 2006 Coach Phifer became the head coach for the Blue Valley North Mustangs. He has helped guide the Mustangs to six state tournament appearances in his 16 seasons. They finished 3rd place in 2010 and 2012, 2nd Place in 2014, and 4th Place in 2017. In 2020, they were in the Final Four before the season was suspended by Covid. In 2021, he led the Mustangs to the State Championship, which was the 2nd State Title in school history. He was named Eastern Kansas League Coach of the Year in 2014 and was named Kansas 6A Coach of the Year in 2021. In 2021 he was also named the GKCBCA Eddie Ryan Coach of the Year for Kansas.

His teaching duties include Strength and Conditioning 1 and 2. He is married to Michelle who also teaches in the Blue Valley District.

Together they have two children, Ayden (16) and Jace (13).

Brandon Clifford

Varsity/JV Assistant


Coach Clifford was born and raised in the Northeast Arkansas area, where he graduated from class 5A Paragould High School. There, he played basketball as a 3-year starter and broke the scoring record at 1,637 points. After high school, He then moved to Kansas to attend Pittsburg State University and play basketball for the Gorillas from 2016-2018. Next, he attended Baker University and played basketball for the Wildcats where he was the leading scorer in ppg from 2018-2020. At Baker University, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and is now teaching PE and Strength & Conditioning at Blue Valley North. He is also involved with coaching MoKan basketball during the summers. He is an assistant Football and Golf coach here at BVN. He is married to Lauren whom he met at Pittsburg State, and they now live in Overland Park with their German Shepherd, Toby.

Ben Doll

Junior Varsity Coach


Coach Doll was born and raised in the Johnson County area graduating from Shawnee Mission North in 1995. After high school he attended Emporia State University, obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Education in 1999 as well as a Master’s in History Degree from Pittsburg State University in 2013. Since graduation from ESU, Coach Doll has taught social studies at three different high schools and coached basketball in some form each year as well beginning with four seasons as the freshman coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. He then moved on to a two-year stint as an assistant coach for the men’s team at Johnson County Community College. In 2006, Coach Doll accepted the position of boys’ basketball varsity assistant and junior varsity head coach at Lansing High School. During his time there, the Lions went to the Kansas 5A State Tournament five of six seasons and four in a row from 2011 to 2014. That run was capped by a perfect 25-0 season and 5A State Championship in 2014. Coach Doll enters his 9th season on the Mustang staff along with teaching AP Human Geography and American History at Blue Valley North. He is married to Amanda and the together they have two children, Cooper (11) and Colin (10).

Kade Kinnamon

Sophomore Coach


Coach Kinnamon is from St. John, KS where he was a multi-sport athlete and two-time state champion in basketball. He has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Kansas State University and a master's degree in sport management from Wichita State University. While at K-State, Coach Kinnamon played basketball for the Wildcats from 2016-2018 and was a part of the 2018 NCAA Elite 8 team. After graduating from K-State, Coach Kinnamon taught fourth grade and was an assistant basketball coach for Augusta High School. Coach Kinnamon has also coached under his father, Head Coach Clint Kinnamon, at Wichita East High School. After Coach Kinnamon proposed to his fiancée, a student at KU Law, he moved to the KC-area and now teaches fourth grade in the Blue Valley School District.

Adam Kutney

Freshmen A Coach


Coach Kutney grew up in the Overland Park area where he attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School. There he played basketball and received multiple all EKL team honors. After high school he attended Benedictine College a pursued a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He played basketball for the Ravens from 2015-2019, and during his senior year was a part of the long win streak in school history (27 games) and was recognized as a 2nd team NAIA All-American. He currently works at a local engineering firm, and coaches with Mokan basketball in the summers.

Rick Wasinger

Freshmen B Coach


Coach Wasinger is beginning his 7th year coaching the freshman B team. Coach Wasinger grew up in Russell Kansas where he participated in football, basketball, baseball and track receiving HM All State honors in football as a receiver and all state mile runner in track. He attended college at the University of Kansas with a Bachelor's Degree in education. Coach Wasinger also holds a Master's Degree from Baker University with a degree in School Administration. He teaches business classes here at Blue Valley North and has coached football (3 state championship apperances and one state championship), baseball and golf (One state championship). He is the proud father of two sons that also attend Blue Valley North, Cooper (18) and Carson (16). His son Carson is on the varsity baseball team.