Tom Ryan

Head Coach

1st season

Iowa, 1993

Tom Ryan


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Tom Ryan enters his inaugural season as head coach of the Ohio State wrestling team in 2006-07. Ryan, who joins OSU following 11 seasons at Hofstra, is the Buckeyes' ninth head coach in the program's 86-year history.

At Hofstra, Ryan led the Pride to six consecutive conference titles, which included the Colonial Athletic Association crown in 2006. Hofstra won the Eastern Collegiate Wrestling Association championship in 2001 before winning five-consecutive CAA titles. During his tenure with the Pride, which began in 1995, Ryan was named conference coach of the year seven times. He also was a two-time New York State Coach of the Year.

Highlights of Ryan's coaching career at Hofstra included recording a 47-match (46-0-1) conference unbeaten streak in dual action dating back to 1999. The mark stands as the nation's longest conference unbeaten streak. Overall, Ryan compiled a 109-83-1 record in his first head coaching stint.

Ryan has guided 65 wrestlers to NCAA championship appearances, including eight in 2006. Eleven of his wrestlers earned All-America honors, while 10 were named Academic All-Americans. He also coached his wrestlers to 45 individual conference titles.

Prior to his head coaching role at Hofstra, Ryan was an assistant coach at Indiana from 1992-1994. Ryan was responsible for the daily training for middleweight wrestlers, weight training and recruiting.

In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Ryan began operating Elite Wrestling Inc., in Hempstead, N.Y., in 1995. Ryan produced a wrestling school that enrolled more than 400 members and 500 summer campers. Elite Wrestling also is the title of Ryan's recently completed second book.

Ryan was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American at 158 pounds at Iowa, finishing second nationally in 1991 and third in 1992. A member of the Hawkeyes' 1991 and 1992 national and Big Ten championship teams, Ryan was a two-time Big Ten conference champion during those two years as well. Ryan began his collegiate career at Syracuse and captured an Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association championship in 1989 before transferring to Iowa.

A native of Wantagh, N.Y., Ryan was a three-time All-Nassau County and All-New York State selection at Wantagh High School.

Ryan earned a bachelor's degree in education from Iowa in May 1993. Ryan and his wife Lynette have four children, Jordan, Jake, Teague and Mackenzie.

Ryan`s Career Record

YearSchoolWLTConf. Finish
1995-96Hofstra3120Eighth (ECWA)
1996-97Hofstra4130Seventh (ECWA)
1997-98Hofstra1160Second (ECWA)
1998-99Hofstra1150Second (ECWA)
1999-00Hofstra881Second (ECWA)
2000-01Hofstra870First (ECWA)
2001-02Hofstra1260First (CAA)
2002-03Hofstra1370First (CAA)
2003-04Hofstra1550First (CAA)
2004-05Hofstra1350First (CAA)
2005-06Hofstra1190First (CAA)

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