Press Box

September 1, 2005


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ Jenny Ryan has been namedthe head womenâ€Â™s track and field coach at Northern Michigan University.  She has been an assistant with the track program since 2004.  Since 2002, Ryan hasbeen a full-time assistant coach with the womenâ€Â™s cross country team and themenâ€Â™s and womenâ€Â™s cross country ski teams.  â€ÂœI am very happy to announce JennyRyan as the head womenâ€Â™s track and field coach. Her experience as astudent-athlete, assistant coach and the contributions she has made to the NMUAthletic Department has proven to me she will do an outstanding job,â€Â KenGodfrey, the NMU Athletic Director, said.  â€ÂœShe is most deserving.  Jenny willdevelop this program into one of the best in the nation.â€Â


The NMU cross country team has placed in the top eight atthe NCAA II National Championships the past five years in a row.  In thewinter, the NMU cross country ski teams have also placed in the top 10 atnationals.  Ryan and Sten Fjeldheim coached 2005 U.S. National Champion LindsayWilliams as she captured the classic sprint race at Soldier Hollow, Utah this past January.


She will continue with her duties with the cross country andski teams.  From 2000-02, Ryan was a graduate assistant coach with the crosscountry and ski teams.  Overall, Ryan is entering her sixth season overall atNMU.  â€ÂœIâ€Â™m really excited for this opportunity to lead the NMU womenâ€Â™s trackand field team.  In just two short years weâ€Â™ve watched our track team grow froma handful of women to 41 talented student-athletes,â€Â Ryan said.  â€ÂœAlong with TomBarnes and Sten Fjeldheim, I will be able to lead this program forward to oneday reach a national competitive level.  I think this track team is wonderfulfor the community and of course for NMU.â€Â


In February 2002, Ryan was an assistant coach with the U.S.Ski Team at the U-23 World Games and Europa Cup in Italy.  She assisted in allaspects of the trip which included training and race preparation for theathletes.  Ryan will be a coach for the U.S. Ski Team at the World JuniorChampionships in Slovakia in 2006. 


From 1989-98, Ryan was a nationally ranked competitor incross country skiing and in the biathlon.  She competed in nine nationalchampionships and three Olympic Trials (1992 and 1994 in cross country skiingand 1998 in the biathlon).  Ryan was a resident athlete at the United StatesOlympic Education Center in Marquette, Mich. from 1990-93.  Collegiately shecompeted at Montana State University where she was an Academic All-American andplaced fourth at nationals in 1988.


Ryan received her bachelorâ€Â™s of science inmathematics-teaching option with a minor in physical education and health from Montana State University in 1989.  She has a masterâ€Â™s degree in exercise science from NMUwhich she received in 2002. 














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