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Paradise resigns for family pursuits

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 11:10 p.m. CDT
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Former Marmion boys basketball coach Ryan Paradise, who resigned last month, was 53-61 in four seasons.

Ryan Paradise's surname assures he brings at least a sense of bliss to every situation.

While he wasn't disgruntled with the prospect of a fifth season as Marmion boys basketball coach, another opportunity enticed Paradise more.

Paradise, 29, recently resigned from his position as Marmion physical education teacher and coach to work full-time with his family's budding business, Naperville-based Paradise Basketball. A move he already knew was coming was accelerated as the youth player development project grew.

"Marmion was a great experience," Paradise said. "It was my first years coaching actual high school basketball and it may be the only high school basketball that I coach. .. I'll just remember the kids and the players. One thing about anyone who ever saw my teams play, I don't know if you ever saw any kids play any harder."

Paradise cultivated that work ethic under his father, Fran, and clung to it while playing at Naperville Central and Northern Illinois. Now he gets the chance to work alongside his dad and brother, Patrick, 26.

Producing three .500-or-above finishes en route to a 53-61 record at Marmion, Paradise juggled coaching a 14U travel team in the spring and summer for the past two years. He's set to assume year-round responsibilities for that team and others while also leading fundamentals-driven training programs.

A seamless early operation coupled with expanding participation convinced Paradise he could move away from his Marmion role in 2014-15 as the calendar approached August. Earlier this year, Paradise Basketball settled into a facility at 31W300 Schoger Drive in Naperville after nomadic beginnings.

"I just absolutely love doing it," Paradise said, "and the interest has been there."

Marmion athletic director Joe Chivari said a search for a replacement is ongoing.

Along with informing Marmion administration of his decision, Paradise met with players in what he termed a difficult setting.

"It was quiet, let's put it that way," he said. "I tried to gather as many guys as we could with it being summer and people every which way. … None of the boys really said too much. I think they were kind of stunned. I'll be around and checking on them, but I did most of the talking in that meeting."

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