Ohio State downs Falcons, 29-11
Buckeyes host Notre Dame College at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena
Ohio State will host NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals in February
Outstanding student-athletes will be honored at 46th annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner
March 19 - 25, 2013
March 9-10 Assembly Hall Champaign, Ill.
Buckeyes vs. Panthers St. John Arena Columbus, Ohio Nov. 18, 2012
March 3-4 West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue University
Nov. 20, 2011 St. John Arena Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State Record 87-34-0 (.719)
Tom Ryan concluded his seventh season as head coach of the Buckeyes in 2012-13. At the culmination of the season, Ryan witnessed redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber capture his second-consecutive NCAA title at 133 pounds. The third Buckeye to win a national title under Ryan's tutelage, Stieber also won a Big Ten title for the second consecutive year.
In all, Ryan has coached three different student-athletes to five national championships as J Jaggers (141 pounds), the 2009 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year, was a two-time champion in 2008 and 2009 and Mike Pucillo was the 184-pound champion in 2008. In the NCAA championship team race, the Ryan-led Buckeyes have finished in the Top 10 in six of the last seven seasons, including back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009.
In addition to Stieber, Ryan coached Hunter Stieber and Nick Heflin to All-America status at the conclusion of the 2013 NCAA championships is Des Moines, Iowa. Hunter Stieber, who like his older brother was crowned a Big Ten champion (141 pounds) in 2013, finished third at the national event, while Heflin was a fifth-place finisher at 174 pounds.
Throughout his tenure as the head coach of Ohio State, Ryan, the 2009 national coach of the year, has maintained a high standard of excellence for his student-athletes. In addition to the successes of Jaggers, Pucillo and Stieber on the national level, under Ryan's guidance Lance Palmer (2007-10) became just the second four-time All-American at Ohio State. (Tommy Rowlands was the first). Ryan, a native of Wantagh, N.Y., is averaging about three All-Americans a season having coached 23 selections during his seven-year term. Within the Big Ten Conference, Ryan has coached a quartet of Buckeyes to league titles in Pucillo (184 pounds in 2008), Palmer (149 pounds in 2010), Logan Stieber (133 pounds in 2012 and 2013) and Hunter Stieber (141 pounds in 2013).
Academically, Ryan's student-athletes have impressed with six Buckeyes recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association with NWCA All-Academic Team accolades - J.D. Bergman, J Jaggers, C.J. Magrum (two-time), Corey Morrison (two-time), Mike Pucillo and Colt Sponseller. Additionally, Sponseller and Ian Paddock were lauded with NWCA Division I True-Freshman All-Academic Team honors. Since Ryan's arrival there have been 30 and 78 Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete selections, respectively.
Ryan's student-athletes also are involved in various community service initiatives. Some of the programs Ohio State is actively involved in include the Second & Seven Foundation, which strives to "Tackle Illiteracy" in Central Ohio and the annual Wrestle against Autism Tournament. In 2009, the Buckeyes were presented with a Resolution of Expression in council chambers from Columbus City Council member A. Troy Miller for their commitment to community service, academics and athletics.
After arriving to The Ohio State University campus in the spring of 2006, Ryan immediately began the task of completing his coaching staff. Ryan brought on board some of the best coaching talent in the nation in Joe Heskett, Lou Rosselli and Tommy Rowlands. Two years later, this staff would propel the Scarlet and Gray to the program's best finish in the NCAA championships. Backed by a pair of national champions - Jaggers and Pucillo - for a total of three finalists, Ohio State earned 79 points for the first of consecutive runner-up finishes.
The following season, Ryan and Ohio State nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA championship history when three Buckeyes (Reece Humphrey at 133 pounds; Jaggers and Pucillo) advanced to the finals with the team lead. In one of the tightest team races in recent championship history, the Buckeyes were clipped by Iowa by 4.5 points as Ohio State finished with 92 points compared to the Hawkeyes' 96.5.
Prior to coaching at Ohio State, Ryan was the head coach at Hofstra from 1995-2006. While with the Pride, Ryan earned Eastern Collegiate Wrestling Association and Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year honors seven times. He also was named New York State Coach of the Year twice. Leading Hofstra to six consecutive conference titles, Ryan and the Pride recorded a 47-match (46-0-1) conference unbeaten streak in dual action which served as the nation's longest conference unbeaten streak. Ryan also was an assistant coach at Indiana from 1992-94.
Ryan earned his bachelor's degree in education from Iowa in 1993. He and his wife, Lynette, have four children, Jordan, Jake, Teague and Mackenzie.
Tom Ryan Career Record