Greg Ryan enters his second season at the helm of the University of Michigan women's soccer program and his 17th as a collegiate head coach, ranking among the nation's all-time NCAA Division I coaches in win percentage with an average of nearly 12 victories per season. Ryan's resume is loaded with accomplishments, from three years experience as the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team, to six NCAA tournament appearances, two Final Four berths, a national coach of the year honor and a runner-up finish in the 1991 NCAA national title match.
Ryan accepted the position of head coach for the Michigan women's soccer program on Feb. 1, 2008, becoming just the second head coach in the program's 14-year history. In his first season in Ann Arbor, Ryan put his stamp on the program with an emphasis on smart soccer, leading to the program's best shooting percentage in six seasons and improvement in goals scored and team wins from the previous campaign.
Ryan came to Michigan after three seasons as the U.S. Women's National Team head coach, helping the Red, White and Blue compile a 45-1-9 record with a bronze medal at the 2007 FIFA World Cup and a championship title at the 2005 Algarve Cup, defeating top-ranked Germany in the final. Prior to his appointment as head coach, Ryan served as an assistant with the national team, helping Team USA secure a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Ryan is no stranger to the collegiate ranks, boasting a resume that spans 16 years as a head coach in Division I women's soccer. Through four separate NCAA coaching assignments, Ryan has compiled a 189-91-23 (.662) record, earned NSCAA Coach of the Year honors in 1991 and picked up a pair of conference coach of the year awards heading up programs at Southern Methodist, Colorado College and Wisconsin before coming to Michigan.
Coming to Ann Arbor marked a return to the Big Ten Conference for Ryan, who spent eight years as the head coach at Wisconsin (1986-93). Ryan led the Badgers to five NCAA appearances, two Final Four berths and one NCAA Championship match, compiling a 108-32-7 record. In 1991, Ryan led the Badgers to an NCAA Finals showdown against Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and the North Carolina Tar Heels, falling short in a 3-1 decision.
Prior to rejoining the collegiate coaching ranks at Michigan, Ryan headed the Colorado College women's program for four seasons (1999-2002), posting a 40-28-6 record with three-straight winning seasons from 2000 to 2002. During the 2000 campaign, Ryan led the Tigers to 13 victories -- their highest total in nearly a decade. Ryan's first taste of coaching came nearly two decades earlier as an assistant coach with the Colorado College men's team in 1983.
In his second head coaching stint, Ryan took the reigns at Southern Methodist University, amassing a 37-21-5 record in three seasons (1996-98). He led the Mustangs to a conference title and the second round of the NCAA Tournament, while claiming a pair of WAC Mountain Division Coach of the Year honors his first two seasons at the helm.
Ryan was a four-year letterwinner as a defender at SMU (1975-78), earning first team All-America honors in his senior season. He went on to play professionally for six seasons in the North American Soccer League (1979-84), suiting up for the Minnesota Kicks, Tulsa Rednecks, New York Cosmos and Chicago Sting. Ryan won a pair of NASL titles with the Sting in 1981 and 1984 before the league folded.
Minnesota drafted Ryan in 1978, but he played only one game for the Kicks before being traded to the Tulsa Roughnecks. The Roughnecks dealt Ryan to the New York Cosmos during the 1979 season and then, prior to the 1980 campaign, Ryan was again traded, this time to the Chicago Sting. He remained with the Sting for the rest of his professional career, winning a pair of titles and retiring with the league after the 1984 season.
The Dallas, Texas, native returned to SMU after his pro career and earned his B.S. in biology. He also earned his teacher's certification in biology from SMU in 1986.
Ryan is a USSF "A" licensed coach and has conducted numerous U.S. Soccer Coaching Education and Licensing courses during his career.