Jenny Ryan Named NMU Head Women's Track And Field Coach
MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Jenny Ryan has been namedthe head womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s track and field coach at Northern Michigan University.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She has been an assistant with the track program since 2004.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Since 2002, Ryan hasbeen a full-time assistant coach with the womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s cross country team and themenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s and womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s cross country ski teams.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI am very happy to announce JennyRyan as the head womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™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,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ KenGodfrey, the NMU Athletic Director, said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œShe is most deserving.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jenny willdevelop this program into one of the best in the nation.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The NMU cross country team has placed in the top eight atthe NCAA II National Championships the past five years in a row.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ In thewinter, the NMU cross country ski teams have also placed in the top 10 atnationals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From 2000-02, Ryan was a graduate assistant coach with the crosscountry and ski teams.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Overall, Ryan is entering her sixth season overall atNMU.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™m really excited for this opportunity to lead the NMU womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s trackand field team.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ In just two short years weÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™ve watched our track team grow froma handful of women to 41 talented student-athletes,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ryan said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œAlong with TomBarnes and Sten Fjeldheim, I will be able to lead this program forward to oneday reach a national competitive level.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ I think this track team is wonderfulfor the community and of course for NMU.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She assisted in allaspects of the trip which included training and race preparation for theathletes.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ryan will be a coach for the U.S. Ski Team at the World JuniorChampionships in Slovakia in 2006.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
From 1989-98, Ryan was a nationally ranked competitor incross country skiing and in the biathlon.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She competed in nine nationalchampionships and three Olympic Trials (1992 and 1994 in cross country skiingand 1998 in the biathlon).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ryan was a resident athlete at the United StatesOlympic Education Center in Marquette, Mich. from 1990-93.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Collegiately shecompeted at Montana State University where she was an Academic All-American andplaced fourth at nationals in 1988.
Ryan received her bachelorÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s of science inmathematics-teaching option with a minor in physical education and health from Montana State University in 1989.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She has a masterÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s degree in exercise science from NMUwhich she received in 2002.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚