Kevin Ryan joined Transylvania University as the institution's first women's triathlon head coach in program history in October 2017.
As head coach of the inaugural Transylvania women's triathlon team, Ryan brings an impressive combination of coaching acumen, a decorated resume as a winning Ironman triathlete, and a unique passion for the sport.
"Coaching triathlon in the NCAA is a dream come true," said Ryan. "To do so at an institution in the city I call my home is an incredible opportunity to grow triathlon in the state of Kentucky and beyond. With only 16 varsity teams presently, Transy has an opportunity to build a championship-caliber team in the very near future."
As triathlon comprises talents from diverse areas, so too, does Ryan's coaching resume. Ryan has served as the head assistant coach of the Kentucky Aquatics Swim Team since August 2016 and the lead strength coach for the past two years. Ryan has also worked as an independent triathlon coach since 2011, training an ITU Long Distance World Championship Selection along with a perfect 18-for-18 Ironman finishing rate with athletes whom he has coached.
Ryan is the head coach and founder of the Lexington Hippos Triathlon Team, a collection of adult amateur triathletes in the Central Kentucky region. In this capacity, Ryan orchestrates group workouts customized for each team member's skill set, and race planning designed to lead to triathlon successes. Thus far, the Lexington Hippos have fielded a National Senior Games Champion, a National Senior Games Bronze Medalist, and four USA Triathlon National Championship Qualifiers.
Ryan is an accomplished professional triathlete and specializes in Olympic and half-ironman distance non-drafting races. His local ledger boasts an undefeated record in Kentucky triathlon races dating back to 2011.
Ryan was part of the Transylvania committee that evaluated the feasibility of fielding Kentucky's first NCAA women's triathlon team this past year; Ryan's hiring follows the Transylvania Athletics Department's announcement in July 2017 that it would become the sixth Division III institution to offer women's triathlon as a sponsored varsity sport.
Ryan holds a USA Triathlon Elite Athlete License and is also a USA Swimming Level II certified coach.