Charles Ryan will begin his second season as an assistant sprints/hurdles coach for the Bulldogs in 2009. 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 will work directly with the Tech hurdlers and share sprint recruiting duties with Jackson.
Prior to his arrival at Tech, the Richmond Calif. native from the Bay Area had major success at the club and high school level. He led numerous athletes to All-American high school accolades. His athletes have earned three US National records, six individual national championships and 15 state champions. Ryan co-founded Track Knoxville in 2005, a club team out of Knoxville, Tenn., that has sent 100 percent of its graduates to Division-I NCAA programs.
Ryan ran hurdles and relays for both UCLA and South Carolina. While in college at South Carolina, he was a part of the quartet that set an American record in the 4x110 meter hurdles in 2003 and was a US Junior All-American while at UCLA.
Ryan has earned both Level 1 and Level 2 USATF Certifications and received his bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from South Carolina.