Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan, who has served as the defensive coordinator at Washington University (St. Louis) the past four years, has been named Rhodes new head football coach. Ryan was recently named the NCAA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. Ryan replaces Dan Gritti, who served as the Lynx head coach from 2011-15.
 
"We are thrilled Jim Ryan is joining our staff at Rhodes," said Mike Clary, Rhodes Director of Athletics. "Coach Ryan embodies Rhodes vision and embraces our student-athlete model."
 
Ryan was named Washington University's defensive coordinator in 2012 and helped lead the Bears to University Athletic Association (UAA) titles in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Ryan's 2013 Bear defense ranked 5th nationally in scoring defense giving up a stingy 11.5 points/game and 19th nationally in total defense. Washington University played in the 2013 NCAA Division III national playoffs.
 
"I am excited to be the head coach of a fantastic group of young men who have chosen to continue their education and play football for Rhodes College," said Coach Ryan.
 
Ryan earned his B.A. in Kinesiology from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 2000. He has also served on the football staffs at Illinois College, Colorado College, North Alabama and Delta State. Ryan just completed his 8th year on the Washington University staff.  

Head Football Coach
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