Tom Ryan

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Iowa, 1993

Tom  Ryan


Pair of Top-10 Foes Await No. 4 Ohio State This Weekend

Buckeyes will square off with No. 10 Virginia Tech, No. 9 Virginia


Ryan Signs Four for 2015-16

Class includes two from Ohio, one from Missouri and one from New Jersey


Fourth-Ranked Ohio State Opens Home Schedule Thursday

Buckeyes meet Kent State inside St. John Arena


No. 9 Buckeyes Win Big vs. Notre Dame College

Ohio State downs Falcons, 29-11


No. 9 Ohio State Opens Home Schedule Friday

Buckeyes host Notre Dame College at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena


WR: No. 11 Ohio State vs. No. 16 Virginia Tech

Ohio State 23, Virginia Tech 16 Feb. 23, 2014 St. John Arena Columbus, Ohio


WR: No. 11 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Nebraska

Jan. 24, 2014 St. John Arena Columbus, Ohio


Ohio State at Big Ten Championships

March 9-10 Assembly Hall Champaign, Ill.


No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 18 Pittsburgh

Buckeyes vs. Panthers St. John Arena Columbus, Ohio Nov. 18, 2012


2012 Big Ten Championships

March 3-4 West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue University

Tom Ryan
Head Coach
Ninth Season
Alma Mater: Iowa (1993)
Ohio State Record: 100-39 (.719)
Career Record: 209-122-1 (.631)
Big Ten Record: 39-25 (.609)

Tom Ryan concluded his eighth season as head coach of the Buckeyes in 2013-14. At the culmination of the season, Ryan witnessed redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber capture his third-consecutive NCAA title at 141 pounds. The third Buckeye to win a national title under Ryan's tutelage, Stieber also won a Big Ten title for the third-consecutive year.

In all, Ryan has coached three different student-athletes to six 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 seven of the last eight seasons, including back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009.

In addition to Stieber, Ryan coached senior captain Nick Heflin to All-America status at the conclusion of the 2014 NCAA championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. In his final season as a Buckeye, Heflin was the national runner-up and prior to his run on the national state, captured the 197-pound Big Ten title.

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 25 selections during his eight-year term. Within the Big Ten Conference, Ryan has coached five Buckeyes to league titles in Pucillo (184 pounds in 2008), Palmer (149 pounds in 2010), Logan Stieber (133 pounds in 2012 and 2013 and 141 pounds in 2014), Hunter Stieber (141 pounds in 2013) and Heflin (197 pounds in 2014).

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 37 and 95 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's Career Record
Year School W L T Conference/National Finish
1995-96 Hofstra 3 12 Eighth (ECWA)
1996-97 Hofstra 4 13 Seventh (ECWA)
1997-98 Hofstra 11 6 Second (ECWA)
1998-99 Hofstra 11 5 Second (ECWA)
1999-00 Hofstra 8 8 1 Second (ECWA)
2000-01 Hofstra 8 7 First (ECWA)
2001-02 Hofstra 12 6 First (CAA)
2002-03 Hofstra 13 7 First (CAA)
2003-04 Hofstra 15 5 First (CAA)
2004-05 Hofstra 13 5 First (CAA)
2005-06 Hofstra 11 9 First (CAA)
2006-07 Ohio State 8 7 Ninth (Big Ten)
2007-08 Ohio State 19 4 Fifth (Big Ten); NCAA Runner-up
2008-09 Ohio State 16 2 Sixth (Big Ten); NCAA Runner-up
2009-10 Ohio State 18 2 Fourth (Big Ten); 8th at NCAA Championship
2010-11 Ohio State 2 11 Eighth (Big Ten)
2011-12 Ohio State 13 4 Fifth (Big Ten); 5th at NCAA Championships
2012-13 Ohio State 11 4 Fourth (Big Ten); 6th at NCAA Championships
2013-14 Ohio State 13 5 Fourth (Big Ten); 6th at NCAA Championships
Career Total 209-122-1 (.631)
Ohio State Total 100-39-0 (.719)
Big Ten Total 39-25-0 (.609)

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