Diplomat Gridders Name New Offensive Coordinator

March 22, 2007

LANCASTER, Pa. - R.J. Ryan of Milton, Mass. was added to the Franklin & Marshall football staff on March 19, 2007. The 1999 graduate of Lehigh University brings four years of collegiate coaching experience to Lancaster, where he will take over as the Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach.

Ryan spent the past three seasons at his alma mater, helping the Mountain Hawks to a pair of Patriot League Championships. While at Lehigh, Ryan coached the running backs in the 2006 campaign. That came after a one-year stint coaching the position he started at for two-years in Bethlehem, tight end.

Ryan's first season at Lehigh was spent assisting the offensive line coach. He was also made responsible for developing all offensive scouting reports and managing opponent film breakdown. He served as the team's liaison with the university's admissions and financial aid offices. He continued on in those capacities after assuming the position coach responsibilities.

"I am pleased that we were able to add R.J. to our staff," said Head Coach, John Troxell. "He is an outstanding coach and recruiter who is accustomed to winning football games. He understands the type of player we want to bring onto our campus because he was that type of player."

As a player, Ryan was a two-year starter at Lehigh, which was ranked as high as seventh in Division I-AA in his 1998 senior season. He earned the school's inaugural Barry Fetterman Award, given for Determination and Dedication to the program.

Following his graduation from Lehigh, Ryan assumed a position with Investors Bank & Trust as a Senior Fund Accountant managing mutual funds. He left the world of finance to return to football in the summer of 2003, signing on as the running backs coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

"I am excited about the opportunity Franklin & Marshall has provided," Ryan said. "Coach Troxell has pulled together a staff that is wholly dedicated to the success of Franklin & Marshall football, as well as the role of athletics in the campus community. I look forward to joining a program rich in history and tradition, and making my mark on the Diplomat sideline."