Aug. 8, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan water polo head coach Matt Anderson announced Thursday (Aug. 8) the hiring of Ryan Castle as assistant coach for the Wolverine program. Castle brings wealth of coaching experience from the club, high school, college and international levels, including the last six years at the NCAA Division I level.
"We are very excited to have Ryan join us at Michigan," said Anderson. "He brings a lot of great attributes to our program -- both in and out of the pool. He has a good amount of college coaching experience, and I particularly like that he has been in our conference. Our players have seen him around and are familiar with him. With his recruiting capabilities, knowledge of the game and experience within the college game, it's going to help us make a seamless transition and continue to move our program forward."
Prior to arriving at Michigan, Castle served three seasons as an assistant coach at Hartwick College (2010-13), where he contributed to a solid 83-37 record over his tenure. Last season, the Hawks posted a 29-13 mark, claimed the CWPA Western Division regular-season title and took fourth place at the Eastern Championship.
Castle also previously served as an assistant coach at Arizona State (2007-10). In 2008, he helped guide the Sun Devils their most wins (21) and highest national ranking (No. 4) in program history at the time. As the head coach for the ASU men's club team (2007-10), he also led the Sun Devils to a third-place finish at the National Collegiate Club Championships in the same calendar year.
A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Castle has extensive international experience at the junior and senior levels. Most recently, he served as head coach with the Kazakhstan Women's Senior National Team, coaching the squad to 13th place at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China, matching the fourth-greatest finish in the country's history.
He was an assistant coach with the South African Women's Senior National Team (2003-05, '11) and the head coach of the 2004 National 'B' Team. In 2003, he served as head coach of the South African Women's Junior National Team while simultaneously assisting with the men's junior team.
Castle began coaching at Wynberg Boy's High School in Cape Town (1997-2001) before taking over at Reddam House College in 2002. He served as the provincial age group boys' and girls' teams coach for the Western Province while coaching Silvertree Water Polo Club (2001-05) and Stingrays Water Polo Club (2004-05).
He graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in information systems and earned post graduate Credential in Education in 2003.
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