March 4, 2014
Ronkonkoma, N.Y. - Stony Brook women's soccer head coach Sue Ryan will be inducted into the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame and will be honored on Saturday, March 8th at the Hilton Huntington Hotel during the annual Long Island Junior Soccer League Convention.
Ryan is one of six honorees in this year's class, including Sara Whalen (Hess), Michael Collins, Jackie Shannon, Ritchie Kotchau and Dominic Pedone.
Ryan has been a fabric of Long Island soccer her entire life. She has served as head coach for Stony Brook for the last 29 seasons, winning over 200 matches. She has taken the #Seawolves to the America East Championship final four times and guided them to a championship victory and NCAA Tournament berth in 2012. It was Stony Brook's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in women's soccer.
In recent times, Ryan has developed Stony Brook into a power in the Northeast Region with back-to-back 10-plus win seasons in 2012 and 2013. She has mentored numerous All-America East selections, including 2013 first-teamers Larissa Nysch, Stella Norman and America East Goalkeeper of the Year Ashley Castanio.
Ryan is one of a select few female coaches in the nation to have earned the United States Soccer Federation's (USSF) "A" license. She also holds National and Advanced National licenses from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). In 2011, Ryan was honored with the NSCAA Women's Committee Award of Excellence, which honors those who have brought distinction to women's soccer.
Ryan has served as head coach for the Long Island Junior Soccer League Girl's Select program and has served as head coach of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association's Olympic Development Program (ODP) for girls.
She is also the head coach of the Region I girls Olympic Development Program (ODP) and has worked with the U-17 U.S. Women's National Team as an assistant coach. Ryan is also a member of the U.S. National Scouting Staff where she works to identify and develop top talent in the N.Y./N.J. region.
Ryan received her master's degree from Stony Brook in 1988 after earning a bachelor's degree from SUNY Cortland. Ryan played four years of soccer at Cortland and was a member of the Red Dragons' team that captured the United States Women's National Championship in 1980. In 1982, Ryan served as team captain in the Red Dragons' first season at the Division I level, and led the team to an NCAA tournament appearance.