Ohio State Names Ryan Tanoue Rifle Head Coach
April 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ryan Tanoue has been named head coach of the Ohio State rifle team, Chris Schneider, associate athletics director for sport administration, announced Tuesday. Tanoue, who has been a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater for the last six years while he returned to the University of Nevada to complete a master’s degree in psychology, was a seven-time All-American from 2002-05.
“We are very excited to have Coach Tanoue join the Ohio State staff,” Schneider said. “He brings with him experience as an NCAA national champion and as a U.S. national champion. His combination of technical skills and understanding of the mental aspects of collegiate shooting will be a great asset for our student-athletes.”
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.