Ohio State Wrestling Coach Tom Ryan Signs Five-Year Extension

By D.J. Byrnes on August 3, 2015 at 10:02 am
Tom Ryan celebrates the title

Tom Ryan can't stop winning in 2015.

In his ninth season at the school, Ohio State's head wrestling coach led his team to the program's first-ever national championship while being named the 2015 Big Ten, NWCA, and InterMat Coach of the Year.

Oh, and Ohio State won its first conference tittle in 64 years.

Today, Ryan signed a five-year contract extension with Ohio State, the school announced.

“Our wrestling program has enjoyed unprecedented success under Coach Ryan’s leadership and he has established himself as one of the nation’s best coaches,” said Ohio State associate athletics director of sports administration, T.J. Shelton, in a release.

“Tom has led us to a place among the nation's elite during his nine years as our head coach. He and his staff have demonstrated the importance of the overall development of our student-athletes - providing outstanding community service, building a championship program and placing an emphasis on success in the classroom. We are delighted that Coach Ryan will continue to build character, integrity and accountability with our student-athletes for years to come.”

“I’m grateful to Gene Smith and the department for thinking enough of me to sign me to another five-year contract,” said Ryan. “This is a special place and I am fortunate to be in a position to impact lives, inspire others and pursue excellence. I’m looking forward to graduating another crop of recruits and continuing to bring pride to this university through the sport of wrestling.”

The release doesn't make clear when Ryan's contract now ends, but one thing is clear: The future is bright for Ohio State's wrestling team.

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