Greg Ryan

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Greg Ryan
Personal information
Date of birth (1957-01-21) January 21, 1957 (age 61)
Place of birth Frankfurt, West Germany
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1975–1978 Southern Methodist University
Senior career*
1979 Minnesota Kicks 1 (0)
1979 Tulsa Roughnecks 14 (0)
1979 New York Cosmos 4 (0)
1980–1984 Chicago Sting 51 (2)
1980–1985 Chicago Sting (indoor) 103 (25)
Teams managed
1983 Colorado College (assistant)
1986–1993 Wisconsin
1996–1998 SMU
1999–2002 Colorado College
2002–2005 United States (assistant)
2005–2007 United States
2008–2018 Michigan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Greg Ryan (born January 21, 1957) is an American former professional soccer player who played as a defender in the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League. He was the head coach of the United States women's national soccer team from 2005 to 2007. He was previously the head coach at University of Wisconsin–Madison, Southern Methodist University, and Colorado College, and was an assistant with the national team.

Association football Team field sport

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In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield player whose primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals.

North American Soccer League (1968–84) defunct association football league (1968–1984)

The North American Soccer League (NASL) was the top-level major professional soccer league in the United States and Canada that operated from 1968 to 1984. It was the first soccer league to be successful on a national scale in the United States. The league final was called the Soccer Bowl from 1975 to 1983 and the Soccer Bowl Series in its final year, 1984. The league was headed by Commissioner Phil Woosnam from 1969 to 1983.


In 1983, Ryan entered the coaching ranks, while still playing, when he served as an assistant coach with Colorado College men's soccer team. [1] Ryan retired from playing after the first MISL season of the Sting in 1985 and moved to the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he coached in various capacities until 1993. In 1991, he was named the women's college coach of the year. In 1996, he moved to Southern Methodist University where he compiled a 37–21–5 record as the women's soccer coach. In 1999, he moved back to Colorado College. [2]

Colorado College private liberal arts college in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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Major Indoor Soccer League (1978–92)

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University of Wisconsin–Madison Public university in Wisconsin, USA

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a public research university in Madison, Wisconsin. Founded when Wisconsin achieved statehood in 1848, UW–Madison is the official state university of Wisconsin, and the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin System. It was the first public university established in Wisconsin and remains the oldest and largest public university in the state. It became a land-grant institution in 1866. The 933-acre (378 ha) main campus, located on the shores of Lake Mendota, includes four National Historic Landmarks. The University also owns and operates a historic 1,200-acre (486 ha) arboretum established in 1932, located 4 miles (6.4 km) south of the main campus.

The national team finished first in first-round group play in the 2007 Women's World Cup held in China. In the quarterfinals, the team defeated England 3–0. Heading into the semifinal match against Brazil, Ryan decided to bench regular goalkeeper Hope Solo in favor of veteran goalkeeper Briana Scurry. The team subsequently lost to Brazil 0–4 (the worst defeat in the team's history) and Ryan received considerable criticism for the sudden lineup change as well as defensive-minded substitutions made when the team arguably needed more offensive players to compete against the Brazilians. On Monday October 22, 2007 U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced that Ryan's contract would not be extended past its December 31, 2007 expiration date. [3]

2007 FIFA Womens World Cup 2007 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

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The Brazil women's national football team played their first game on 22 July 1986 against the United States, losing 2–1.

Ryan accepted the position of head coach for the University of Michigan women's soccer team on Feb. 1, 2008. He became the second head coach in the program's 14-year history. After the team posted losing seasons in his first two years at the helm, the Michigan women's team qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2010 but lost in the first round. In 2012, they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, and in 2013, they made it to the Elite Eight. Through seven seasons at Michigan, Ryan's record is 75–46–23. [4] After the 2018 season, Michigan and Ryan parted ways. [5]

Michigan Wolverines womens soccer womens soccer team of the University of Michigan

The Michigan Wolverines women's soccer team is the women's intercollegiate soccer program representing the University of Michigan. The school competes in the Big Ten Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Michigan women's soccer team plays its home games at the U-M Soccer Stadium on the university campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan has won two Big Ten tournaments and has advanced as far as the quarterfinals in the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship since the creation of the program in 1994.

Coaching record

Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten)(2008–2018)
2010-11Michigan10-5-45-3-25th NCAA First Round
2012-13Michigan16-5-37-2-23rd NCAA Third Round
2013-14Michigan18-4-19-1-12nd NCAA Quarterfinals
2016-17Michigan10-5-56-3-24th NCAA First Round
Michigan:103-64-36 (.596)50-35-24 (.569)
Total:103-64-36 (.596)

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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