By Megan Drabek

Dedication.  This sole word exerts a powerful meaning on many, but for Ryan Bahnmiller, dedication is a key ingredient to his life and future. 

Bahnmiller, 20, and a junior at Madonna University, not only dedicates his time to become a nutritionist, but also devotes his life to playing for the highly successful Madonna Crusader basketball team.  Along with hoping to succeed on the court as much as in the classroom, Bahnmiller plans to graduate in May of 2012.

Bahnmiller set the bars high at Walled Lake Northern High School, where he earned four varsity letters in basketball and was named first team all-league and honorable mention all-Oakland county, and racked up an average of 17 points per game. 

Adrian College had first dibs on Bahnmiller, but unfortunately, did not have the benefit of keeping him on the team.  After a year of playing for the Bulldogs, Bahnmiller decided to transfer to Madonna University and claims the move to be the best decision.

“I like it here (Madonna) a lot better just based on the basketball program.  The coaches and players really support you and want you to succeed,” said Bahnmiller.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Bahnmiller is one of the best shooters for the Crusaders, and holds one of the shooting guard spots for the team.  Because of his strict diets and dedicated work out time, he is highly conditioned and very strong. 

Although the Crusader’s didn’t start their season as well as they would have liked, this year, they want to focus on team goals instead of statistics and personal goals.

“We want this year to be the first ever conference title,” said Bahnmiller.  “We want to put something on our banner.  It’s something that needs to change.”

This year, the Crusader’s added a new addition to their family.  Noel Emenhiser took over as basketball head coach as well as Madonna’s assistant athletic director.

“I like coach Noel a lot.  He can relate to the players a lot.  It is refreshing to have someone young and knowledgeable about the game,” said Bahnmiller.

If Bahnmiller is not in the classroom pursuing his dream of becoming a personal trainer or sports nutritionist, he can be found on the court wearing the No. 12, motivating his team to be on top of the conference.  He wants basketball to be a part of his life after graduation, hoping to be a coach for a high school or college.

He yearns for game days, when he can execute all of the hard work and dedication on the court and exert the self-motivation that comes from within.  It starts off with a good night’s rest the night before, eating healthy foods such as fruits, oatmeal, and lean meats, and ending with a pregame nap. 

“I am just dedicated to everything I like- basketball, academics,” said Bahnmiller.  “Right now is a really crucial time in my life to more forward and be a successful person.”


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