Joe Ryan enters his 22nd season on the Manhattan College track & field coaching staff. He works primarily with the sprinters and hurdlers. In addition to his Manhattan College
coaching duties, Ryan also has Olympic coaching experience, having served as the head
track & field coach for Guyana at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, during which Manhattan
graduate Aliann Pompey just missed making the 400 meter final while running a Guyanese national record. Ryan has also coached Pompey at the past six World
Championships while serving as Guyana's track coach.
During his career at Manhattan, Ryan was named as one of the recipients of the 2003
AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award. He was one of 500 selected out of
350,000 high school and college assistant coaches across the nation. He was recognized for his expertise, longevity, contributions to the school and community, and special achievements throughout his career.
After serving two years as the women's assistant coach and two years as the women's
head coach, Ryan has spent the last 19 years as an assistant coach in Manhattan's combined track & field program. During his tenure as head coach of the women's program, Ryan's teams won seven Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships and three Metropolitan Outdoor Championships.
Ryan has had similar success as the sprints coach of the combined program. In this
role, he has coached a number of college record holders and numerous All-East
performers in both the IC4A and ECAC Championships. During the 2000 season, Ryan coached Manhattan College's first female All-American, Aliann Pompey, to both the NCAA indoor 400-meter title and a national collegiate record in the 500 meters.
Pompey has competed in the last three Olympic Games under the guidance of Coach
Ryan. With Pompey's participation in the 2008 Beijing Games, Ryan has had the
distinction of having at least one sprinter compete in the last four Olympics, including
Dine Potter '97, who represented Antigua and Barbuda at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Ryan started his coaching career at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, where he
was head coach of the boys' team for three years. His squads won two indoor New York
Championships and 11 indoor and outdoor sprint titles, while a number of his athletes
and relay team earned national recognition.
A former co-captain of Manhattan's men's track & field team, Ryan was a member of the
Jaspers' outdoor record sprint medley relay team. A native of Ireland, he also competed
for the Irish National Team from 1976-84, winning seven national sprint titles and setting
records in the 100 meters and 200 meters. During his running career, Ryan competed in
major meets throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Outside of track Ryan also serves as the chair of the mathematics department in the
Nanuet School District. He is the long-serving treasurer of the Metropolitan Track
Coaches Association and also serves on the Manhattan College Hall of Fame Committee.
A 1981 graduate of Manhattan, he resides in Hartsdale, N.Y., with his wife Julienne.