CHICAGO (Wednesday, January 29, 2003) — U.S. Soccer and Women's National Team head coach and technical director April Heinrichs have named Greg Ryan as the Region II Women's National Staff Coach.
With the appointment of Ryan, U.S. Soccer now has a full compliment of four National Staff Coaches on the women’s side. Ryan joins Jeff Pill (Region I), Dave Simeone (Region III) and Jay Entlich (Region IV) as Women’s National Staff Coaches, each working directly with Heinrichs.
Ryan made a name for himself coaching at the University of Wisconsin, where he was honored as the 1991 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year after guiding Wisconsin to the NCAA Final. The Badgers advanced to the NCAA Tournament five times, reaching the NCAA Semifinals in 1988 and the quarterfinals in 1990 and 1993. Ryan posted a .771 winning percentage at Wisconsin, and his team recorded a winning record in each of his eight seasons.
Ryan moved from Wisconsin to Southern Methodist University in 1996, where was named WAC Mountain Division Coach of the Year his first two seasons at the helm of the Mustangs. In 1997 he led SMU to the Conference Championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the Round of 16.
Ryan spent the last four seasons at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., and in 2000 he was named the Independent Colleges Coach of the Year.
Ryan has also worked with the Olympic Development Program dating back to 1987, coaching both boys and girls teams. He worked as the assistant coach for the Colorado College Men’s Soccer Team in 1993-94, and assisted the North Team at the 1987 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival.
An established soccer player as well as a coach, Ryan graduated from SMU, where he was an All-American in 1978. He played with the Tulsa Roughnecks, New York Cosmos and the Chicago Sting in the NASL, finishing his professional playing career with the Sting in the MISL in 1985.
As one of U.S. Soccer’s National Staff coaches, Ryan will help to raise the overall level of play within the United States through player identification and development, and coaching education. Ryan will provide a direct link between U.S. Soccer and clubs and state youth and senior associations.
Much of Ryan’s work will include traveling throughout Region II and taking a hands-on approach with clubs and state associations in coaching education courses, clinics and player development opportunities to provide technical leadership and direction within the youth soccer community. Ryan is also expected to spend time working in Chicago at U.S. Soccer's offices.