North Paulding Wolfpack Basketball

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Ryan Dyer (34) enters his 8th season as the head men’s basketball coach at North Paulding High School. Coach Dyer has been instrumental in starting the county’s first ever youth league which has grown to over 600 hundred participants (Year 7). Coach Dyer’s 2017-2018 campaign ended with a school record for wins (tie), with no seniors on last year’s team. Even with the move to one of the toughest regions in the state/moving up a classification to 7A. Coach Dyer was also a guest on the nation’s top basketball podcast (The Hardwood Hustle 2017).

The Dalton Georgia native came to North Paulding from Kennesaw Mountain High School. Coach Dyer worked under one of the most legendary coaches in the state, Jesse Bonner who has over 400 wins in his overall tenure. Dyer served as the Assistant/Associate Head Coach at Kennesaw Mountain High School from 2007-2011. During Coach Dyer’s four years at KMHS he coached five collegiate players, including Division One Kennesaw State standout, Spencer Dixon. In the spring of 2011 Dyer was named the assistant coach for the acclaimed Georgia North/South Senior All-Star Game! The North All-Star coaching staff also included Jesse Bonner and Sherman White (Miller Grove 6 time state champion).  

Before Dyer’s arrival at Kennesaw Mountain he served as an assistant coach at Reinhardt College. Dyer worked under TJ Rosene who recently won a national championship at Emmanuel College. Dyer was a standout basketball player at Maryville University in Saint Louis, where he helped guide the Saints to the 2004 SLIAC Conference Championship and NCAA National Tournament. Coach Dyer has earned his Master’s Degree in 2009 from Troy University and an E.D.S. Specialist Degree from Lincoln Memorial University in 2011. Coach Dyer received his Doctorate Degree from California Coast University in July of 2016. Coach Dyer is married to the former Candice Lumpkin of Dalton, Georgia who is a teacher at Burnt Hickory Elementary. They had their first beautiful baby girl Ava Braylen Dyer (7) in July of 2010. They welcomed their second child in July of 2013, Bryce Dyer (4). 

Quote From Coach Dyer:

North Paulding is an unbelievable place to work and the community is a dream to raise my family in. The challenge of building a young program and community drew my family to North from Cobb County! There is no other place I would rather be when it comes to a working and family atmosphere. My family has placed roots here and we are excited about the future of Wolfpack basketball on and off the court as we progress in our journey here. I have enjoyed the past three seasons and I am looking forward to watching all my players’ hard work pay off this season. 

What Others Are Saying About Coach Dyer:

Jesse Bonner, Head Basketball Coach Kennesaw Mountain High School 

(400 Wins, 2 Region Championships, 2 Final Four Apperances, Coached NBA Standout Jarvis Hayes),

“Ryan has impeccable character, he is one of the hottest high school coaches in the state. North picked up a true winner on and off the court with the hire of this young man. His attention to detail and his focus on doing things right will help propel him to the top of the coaching ranks. We will miss him at KMHS, but are excited for this new and exciting opportunity for him and his beautiful family. The North Paulding Community has a lot to look forward to in the upcoming years with Ryan at the helm.”

TJ Rosene Head Basketball Coach Emmanuel College (2009 National Champion)

“I am excited to see Ryan in action as a head coach. Not only will he be a great teacher of the game he is the kind of young man you want mentoring your children. His work ethic, passion, and character will be reflected in his team. North Paulding got a top notch coach and person all in one.”

Sharman White Head Basketball Coach Miller Grove High School (3 time State AAAA Champion 2009, 2010, and 2011. Top 5 National Ranking. Numerous televised ESPN Games)

“I had the distinct honor of working with Coach Ryan Dyer during the GACA North/South All-Star game and it truly was an honor.  Coach Dyer is not only a hard worker but a true student of the game.  He has the kind of competitive edge for a coach that is needed to win on all levels.  His ability to connect with his players will allow him to get the most from them on and off the court.  The one thing that stands out when observing him is his desire to grow in the coaching field which will make room for his success.  As for all the great things I could say about Coach Dyer as a coach, he is an even better person that is well-grounded and a superior role model for the student-athletes.  Coach Dyer "gets it" and I see him having a very successful tenure at North Paulding and most importantly he will build men.  I can see his team built on fundamentals and a competitive toughness that will propel that program.”

Zach Reed Strength and Conditioning Coach Georgia Tech

“Coach Dyer exemplifies a high standard of preparation and I know that the success will come for these young men.  The opportunity this team has this year will be unparalleled from previous years and will set the tone for many to come.  I look forward to a great year because I know this team will be prepared. Coach Dyer prides himself in having competitive practices and building toughness in every individual. He will turn boys into men in a short period of time!”


Stephen Conrad will enter his 6th season on Coach Dyer’s staff. Coach Conrad has many on the court and off the court responsibilities for the Pack. Coach Conrad works with post players, strength and conditioning coordinator, player development, scouting, administrative work, college recruiting, and the teams defense to name a few.

Coach Conrad was a standout player at Kennesaw Mountain High School where he was coached by Coach Dyer. At Kennesaw Mountain, Stephen lead the 6A giant region in rebounding his junior year. Stephen also was third in Cobb County in scoring during his 2008 campaign as a Mustang. Stephen completed his Master’s degree in May 2017 and teaches in the CTAE department at NPHS.
Coach Conrad recently became engaged to Coach Hannah Ballingall, a member of the Lady Pack’s basketball coaching staff.


Coach Dyer’s Thoughts on Coach Conrad

“Coach Conrad is an outstanding coach and an even better person. He serves as a true mentor for these student-athletes. Coach Conrad is a behind the scenes guy, he does not care who gets the credit as long as the program strives forward. It is a unique situation in having someone on my staff who I coached as a player. Stephen knows what I am thinking and can communicate my expectations to players at all times. Coach Conrad will be an excellent head coach one day. I am blessed to have this young man on my staff.”


Coach Kip Dyer returns to the pack this year after completing coaching stints at North Cobb Christian School (one season) and South Paulding High School (three seasons). The North Cobb Christian team went to the Elite Eight round in the state tournament. In his years at South Paulding, the team had back-to-back Elite Eight appearances, and won region runner-up and region champions.

In his first coaching engagement at North Paulding, Coach Kip helped to coach the first team that broke the school record for wins in a season. Coach Kip specializes in player development, college recruitment, and point guards, and is incredibly excited to rejoin the pack family! He and his wife, Natalie, an 8th grade teacher at Rome Middle School, have been married since 2014.



Coach Morgan is entering his 3rd year at North Paulding High School. Coach Morgan serves as the Freshman Head Coach and as a Public Safety Teacher at North Paulding.  Coach is originally from Kennesaw, Georgia, and is the oldest son of Gaylon and Angela Morgan. He is also a proud parent of daughter, Harper Morgan.
Go Wolfpack!!!


Coach Lyons is entering his 7th year for North Paulding Basketball and his 2nd year as a staff member at North Paulding. Coach Lyons serves as a varsity assistant helping with all levels and the ISS Teacher at the school. Coach Lyons is originally from Acworth, Georgia, and currently resides in Dallas. Coach Lyons is excited for the upcoming season and can not wait to watch this years class grow.