COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State announced on Wednesday the promotion of Ryan Tanoue to the Director of Shooting Sports as well as the hiring of six-time Olympian Emil Milev as the head coach of the pistol program.
“Ryan Tanoue has done a tremendous job of returning the rifle program to national prominence,” said Ohio State Executive Associate Athletic Director, Sport Administration and Strategic Communications Diana Sabau. “His knowledge and passion for the sport make him the perfect fit to lead our shooting sports. Emil has competed and coached at the highest level. His experience will be valuable to our student-athletes as they continue to reach for the highest achievements in pistol and academics at The Ohio State University.”
Tanoue has been at Ohio State as the head rifle coach since 2012 and will remain in that role as well as serving as the director for both programs. He has guided the rifle team to the NCAA Championships each of the last two seasons before which the program had made just one prior appearance in 1991. The team’s NCAA three-score average his risen each season since he has taken the reigns and last year, the team set the program single-match record for air rifle, smallbore and aggregate.
“I want to first thank our Sport Administrator Diana Sabau as well as Athletic Director Gene Smith for their vision for our teams as well as their overall commitment to the shooting sports programs here at Ohio State,” said Tanoue. “Establishing the Director of Shooting Sports position is a unique opportunity to improve our ability to provide transformational experiences to our student athletes while also creating a cohesive and focused performance objective for both the Pistol and Rifle Teams.”
“On a personal level being named Director of Shooting Sports is an incredible opportunity for me to directly impact the education and athletic careers of the athletes on both of our teams and this is a responsibility that I will rise to the challenge of each day,” Tanoue continued. “Lastly I want to take a moment to thank the Rifle and Pistol Team athletes, Assistant Rifle Coach Emily Caruso, our teams’ support staff, and my wife Candace for their guidance and support throughout this process. The creation of this position at Ohio State demonstrates the Athletic Department’s incredible commitment to the shooting sports programs and I am eager and excited to see what the future holds for the Rifle and Pistol Teams.”
Milev brings a tremendous amount of international shooting experience with him to Columbus. He has shot in six Olympic Games and earned the silver medal in the Atlanta games in 1996. The Bulgaria born Milev competed for his home country in the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 games before moving to the U.S. in 2004 and becoming a U.S. citizen in 2009. He then competed in both the 2012 games in London and 2016 games in Rio for the U.S. Milev is also a six-time World Championship participant, earning the silver medal in 1994.
“I am honored to join the Ohio State family and I want to thank the Ohio State Athletics Department for this incredible opportunity,” Milev said. “I look forward to meeting the team and working with the staff to take the program to the next level.”
“Without a doubt Emil, is one of the very best to have ever competed in Olympic Pistol,” Tanoue said. “His six Olympic Games appearances, silver medal from the Atlanta Olympics, 19 World Cup Medals, and over 100 World Cup starts are a testament to his achievements and experience in our sport. Additionally, with his coaching and educational background, Emil will bring knowledge and expertise that will enhance the expectation, training, and competition level of the Pistol Team. We are extremely excited to be working with Emil and his hiring is a fantastic first step into the future for the Pistol program.”
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