Tom Ryan

Answering the Call to be More

Bio & Career Achievements

Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan has led the Ohio State wrestling program to unprecedented heights, culminating in 2015 with the program's first-ever national championship. The 2015 Big Ten, NWCA and InterMat Coach of the Year, Ryan concluded his 10th season in Columbus last March by watching both Myles Martin and Kyle Snyder win NCAA titles on the way to the Buckeyes' fourth top-three finish at the NCAA Championships in the last 10 years.

In all, Ryan has coached six different student-athletes to 10 national championships as Logan Stieber (141 pounds) was a four-time champion, J Jaggers (141 pounds), the 2009 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year, was a two-time champion in 2008 and 2009, Mike Pucillo was the 184-pound champion in 2008 and Nathan Tomasello the 125 pound champion in 2015. In 2016, two new names were added to the list - Kyle Snyder (285 lbs.) and true freshman Myles Martin (174 lbs.). In the NCAA championship team race, the Ryan-led Buckeyes have finished in the Top 10 in nine of the last 10 seasons, including the 2015 national title and back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009.

Additionally, Ryan and his staff have coached 16 NCAA finalists - Stieber (2012-15), Martin (2016) Jaggers (2008, 2009), Pucillo (2008, 2009), Tomasello (2015), Kyle Snyder (2015, 2016), Nick Helfin (2014), Lance Palmer (2010), Reece Humphrey (2009), J.D. Bergman (2008). Under Ryan's tutulage, nine Buckeyes have been crowed Big Ten champions - Pucillo (2008), Palmer (2010), L. Stieber (2012-15), H. Stieber (2013), Tomasello (2015) and Helfin (2014).

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, a three-time 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 better than three All-Americans a season having coached 34 selections during his 10-year term. Within the Big Ten Conference, Ryan has coached six Buckeyes to league titles in Snyder (2016), Tomasello (2015, 2016), Pucillo (184 pounds in 2008), Palmer (149 pounds in 2010), Logan Stieber (133 pounds in 2012 and 2013, 141 in 2014 and 2015) 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 48 and 96 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.

General Info
  • College: Iowa
  • Position: Assistant Coach
Notable Achievements
  • 2015 Big Ten, NWCA and InterMat Coach of the Year
  • Head Coach of Ohio State's First National Championship Team
  • Coached six different student-athletes to 10 national championships
  • Coached 16 NCAA finalists