Ryerson Returns To The Rebels
June 13, 2008
LAS VEGAS - Rich Ryerson, who owns two long-standing career records at UNLV, will make a return to his alma mater this summer, as he has been named assistant men's soccer coach, head coach Mario Sanchez announced on Friday. Ryerson replaces Michael Hamilton, who left this spring to pursue other opportunities.
"We're excited to have Rich on board, and have his experience to help us get to the next level of success," said Sanchez. "Having Rich on staff gives our program a great tie to the past and the great success they had during his time as a Rebel and I know he'll work just as hard now to help the team get back to that level."
Ryerson was a four-year starting defender for the Rebels from 1983-86 and led UNLV to three NCAA tournament appearances during his time in Las Vegas. During his junior season, the Rebels posted a program-best 18-2-2 mark and No. 4 final national ranking. A two-time all-region and all-conference selection, Ryerson started all 84 games during his time as a Rebel, which set school records for both most career games played and most career starts. Ryerson also was named one of Soccer America's Top-10 Freshmen of the Year in 1983.
Ryerson would graduate from UNLV in 1987 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He went on to play a total of 12 years in several professional soccer leagues and finished his career in 1998 with the Baton Rouge Bombers of the Eastern Indoor Soccer League, where he was named the EISL's Defensive Player of the Year.
In 1994, Ryerson served as athletic director and physical education teacher for Marywood Country Day School, a K-8 program in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He then moved over to Palm Valley School in the same city, and again served as athletic director and physical education teacher, this time for a K-12 program.