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Ryan Tanoue was named head coach of the Ohio State rifle team prior to the start of the 2012-13 season.
Under his direction in 2012-13, the Buckeyes won their third straight WIRC Championship in their final season in the conference and coached junior shooter Amanda Luoma to an NCAA individual appearance. He guides the squad into its first season in the Patriot Rifle Conference in 2013-14.
In 2013-14, the Buckeyes hosted the inaugural PRC Championship and went on to finish fourth in the event. He guides Amanda Luoma to an appearance in the NCAA Championships where she was one of two competitors to qualify for the championships in both the smallbore and air rifle competitions. Luoma and Remington Lyman earned second team NRA All-American honors in smallbore. Lyman was also named a second team All-American in air rifle as well as being selected to the College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) second team.
In his second season, the Buckeyes set a number of school records throughout the season and came up one spot short of qualifying as a team for the NCAA Championships. Individually, Lyman and Drew Cheezum each qualified for the NCAA Championships. Binnie was named an honorable mention All-American in smallbore by the NRA.
The 2015-16 season may have been one of the best in Ohio State rifle history. The team set all three (aggregate, smallbore and air rifle) school records and shattered the school’s best NCAA three-score average by 21 points. Cheezum fired an OSU individual school-record aggregate (1181) at the NCAA Qualifier and Lyman posted the air rifle school record (596) at UTEP.
In addition to the individual records, the team also qualified for the NCAA Championships for just the second time in school history. Ohio State finished seventh overall and Tanoue was named the NRA National Coach of the Year. Lyman and Cheezum also earned All-America honors.
Tanoue served as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Nevada, for six years prior to coming to Columbus. While at Nevada he completed a master's degree in psychology. Tanoue was a seven-time All-American from 2002-05.
A three-time team captain for Nevada head coach Fred Harvey, Tanoue was a four-time All-American in air rifle and a three-time All-American in smallbore rifle and was the 2002 NCAA individual champion in air rifle. Tanoue became a U.S. National Team member in 2003 and was a medalist at six-consecutive U.S. National Championships and was a two-time national champion. In addition, Tanoue enjoyed continued success at the international level, winning the 2005 Munich World Cup and Beijing Olympic Quota Place.
"I'm excited to become part of the Ohio State family and bring my knowledge and experience to the program," Tanoue said. "I look forward to meeting the student-athletes and staff and I'm eager to get to work to take the program to an elite level."
While pursuing his master's degree, Tanoue gained valuable teaching and research experience in the field of psychology. The native of Honolulu, Hawaii, was a graduate teaching assistant for a pair of classes and an instructor for 10 psychology courses over the last four years. Tanoue was a research assistant in the memory and brain lab and cognitive neuroscience lab at Nevada while publishing multiple abstracts and a chapter on cognitive disorders in "The Encyclopedia of Human Behavior."
After earning his master's degree in 2011, Tanoue began working on a Ph.D. in cognitive and brain science while he continued his work as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater. Tanoue helped team members develop new training techniques, oversaw daily team training sessions and assisted in trip organization and match preparation.
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