Charles Ryan will begin his third season as the Assistant Sprints/Hurdles Coach for LA Tech in 2009-10. Ryan was recruited to Tech by Shawn Jackson after earning a solid reputation as one of the best young coaching talents in the country. Ryan works directly with the LA Tech hurdlers and shares sprint coaching duties with Jackson.
Since Ryan's arrival for the 2007-08 season the the performance level of LA Tech sprints/hurdles have continued to rise not only within the Western Athletic Conference but on the Regional and National scene as well with a total of 30 WAC Conference Champions, 28 NCAA Regional Qualifiers, and 12 NCAA National Qualifiers. The Lady Techsters have also swept all WAC team titles since the 2008 season, four titles in four attempts, 2008 and 2009 Indoor/Outdoor Champions. Most notably under his direction, LA Tech JR Antoinette Cobb earned her 2nd and 3rd WAC Conference Championships in 2009 (60mH/110mH) and finished in the NCAA Top 25 in both events.
Ryan is a California native raised in the Bay Area (Richmond, CA). Prior to his arrival at LA Tech he had major success at the High School Elite and USATF/AAU Club level. He led numerous athletes to All-American high school accolades. His athletes have set three US National records, won six individual national championships and 15 individual state championships.
Ryan co-founded Track Knoxville in 2005, a USATF/AAU club team and teen mentoring program located in Knoxville, TN. In the 3 years the program was in existence it sent 100 percent of its graduates to Division-I NCAA track programs, including two current Lady Techsters. Stacia Hanneman who was the 2009 WAC Indoor Freshman of the Year, and 200m Indoor/Outdoor Champion and class of 2009 signee Quanisha Sales. Sales is the former TSSAA State Champion at 100m, who's high school PR's of 11.70/23.89 landed her as one of the top female HS sprinters in the country.
Ryan himself was a three-time High School All-American and attended UCLA where he was a JR All-American, NCAA Qualifier, and 1st Team All-Pac 10 in the 110m Hurdles. In 2002, after making the Semi-Finals at the USA Outdoor Championships he transferred to the University of South Carolina where he was an NCAA Semi-Finalist and was a member of the American Record setting quartet in the 4x110m Shuttle Hurdle Relay. Though his running carrier was cut short due to injury, Ryan earned his Bachelor's degree from the college of Liberal Arts at South Carolina in 2004.
Ryan has earned his USATF Level II Certifications in both the Sprints/Hurdles (2007) and the Jumps (2008).